Mar 8, 2013 10:54 PM by LSU Eunice Athletics
The LSU Eunice baseball team saw its top two hitters in their lineup combine for five hits and five runs as the Bengals took the opening game against Northeast Texas Community College by a 12-2 score on Friday night.
The Bengals (15-3) were led by Casey Rodrigue's two hits, both doubles, from the leadoff spot, while he also stole two bases, drove home an RBI in the four-run fourth inning and scored three runs himself.
"Both of those guys did well. We are looking forward to getting the middle of our lineup going, all three of those guys, and sooner or later it's about to happen for those guys," head coach Jeff Willis said.
Stefan Trosclair finished 3-for-4 from the two-hole in the LSU Eunice lineup, adding a stolen base and collecting four RBI throughout the night while scoring twice.
Garrett Deschamp and Evan Powell each notched two hits and an RBI each, and Tyler Chapman added two hits of his own for the Bengals.
On the mound, right-hander Brady Domangue was dominant, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks as he struck out eight Northeast Texas (8-13) batters.
LSU Eunice scored their first run of the game in the opening inning when Rodrigue walked before swiping second and third base and was brought home on Landon Thibodeaux's RBI groundout.
In the third, the Bengals added to their lead when Deschamp reached with two outs before Powell connected on his single up the middle.
After Northeast Texas scored both their runs in the top of the fourth on a pair of hits and a Bengal error, the hosts responded with their first big inning, posting four runs in the bottom of the inning on five hits.
Derek Herrington (1-2, 2 BB) lead off the inning with a double and advanced on Chapman's single before being driven home on Rodrigue's double down the right field line. Trosclair followed with a two-run single before sealing second and scoring two batters later on Deschamp's RBI single up the middle.
Two more runs scored in the bottom of the fifth when the Bengals collected two hits, including Trosclair's run-scoring bunt base hit.
LSU Eunice finished the ballgame off in the eighth with four hits in the inning, started by Rodrigue, followed Trosclair's RBI single to right field. Trosclair advanced around the basepaths and eventually scored on a wild pitch. Keagan Kratzer brought home pinch hitter Adam Cagnina with a sacrifice fly before fellow pinch hitter Trent Vidrine singled to left field to end the night.
Tomorrow the Bengals welcome Mississippi Gulf Coast to town for a single game with a noon first pitch before continuing their series Northeast Texas tomorrow night with a scheduled 6 p.m. first pitch.
"We haven't had a noon start yet, so we'll have to start a little earlier tomorrow. We are looking forward to getting back on the field early tomorrow morning and following it up with a nightcap as well," Willis said.
The game against Mississippi Gulf Coast can be seen on Bengal All-Access, while the Northeast Texas contest can be seen on All-Access and also heard on KVPI 92.5 FM.