May 18, 2013 8:24 AM by LSU Eunice Sports Information
The LSU Eunice baseball team advanced to the Region 23 Tournament Championship game with a 7-3 victory over Pearl River Community College on Friday night.
The Bengals (47-8) scored five runs in the opening inning and never looked back, adding single runs in the third and eighth innings, while Pearl River (40-13) scored two runs in the top of the third and a final run in the sixth inning.
The Bengals now play Saturday night at 7 p.m. in the Championship game against the winner of an elimination game at 3:30 p.m. between East Central Community College and Pearl River.
"I thought our pitching staff competed really well tonight and our position players came up with some big plays and clutch bats over the course of the game," head coach Jeff Willis said.
LSU Eunice tallied only seven hits on the night, but drew 10 walks in the win. Landon Thibodeaux was the only Bengal to notch two hits, while Buddy McCoy (1-3) led the way with three RBIs.
The Bengals also saw RBIs from Garrett Deschamp (0-5), Tyler Chapman (1-3) and Evan Powell (0-3), while Casey Rodrigue, Adam Angelle and Derek Herrington also added one hit each.
LSU Eunice starter Chad Reeves (9-2) earned the win with 5 2/3 innings of work, allowing five hits and three runs (one earned) while walking six batters and striking out four.
Reliever Trae Hester took things from there, tossing the final 3 1/3 innings without allowing a hit, walking three and striking out five batters to notch save No. 6 of the year.
In the opening inning, the Bengals strung three hits, two walks, a hit batsman, a sacrifice fly and an RBI groundout together to plate their five runs - with big hits coming on McCoy's two-run single and Chapman's RBI double to left field.
Pearl River used three hits and a Bengal error to score two runs in the top of the third before LSU Eunice stranded two runners on the bases to end the frame.
The bottom of the third inning saw Thibodeaux lead off with a walk before advancing to second on a wild pitch, stealing third base and coming home and scoring on another wild pitch to push the Bengal lead to 6-2.
In the sixth, Pearl River added another run but saw Hester shut the door and leave the bases loaded to end the inning and the threat.
The final run of the night came in the bottom of the eighth when Herrington lead off the inning with a single before later scoring on McCoy's sacrifice fly.
Tomorrow's Region 23 Championship game can be seen on Bengal All-Access and heard over the airwaves on KVPI 92.5 FM.