Feb 8, 2013 10:42 PM by LSUE Sports Information
The LSU Eunice baseball team opened up its second series of 2013 Friday night, coming out with the same result - a 13-3 win - using the same combination of hitting and dominant pitching as they opened their three-game set with visiting St. Charles Community College.
The Bengals (4-0) received a brilliant starting pitching performance from Brady Domangue, who tossed six scoreless innings and racked up nine strikeouts to pick up his second win of the season. Domangue allowed only four hits - two coming via catcher's interference calls - and had only one walk in his night of work.
"I thought (he) was phenomenal tonight. He goes out and gets six innings under his belt, his pitch count was down, and he has nine strikeouts. That's what we are going to have to have when we start a series," head coach Jeff Willis said.
Offensively, LSU Eunice saw their share of pop as well, as Landon Thibodeaux (2-4, RBI), Adam Cagnina (1-3, 3 RBI) and Buddy McCoy (1-2, RBI) each tallied a double, while Stefan Trosclair (3-5, RBI) connected on a triple to pace his night.
Tyler Chapman (2-4, 2 RBI) belted his second home run of the season in the bottom of the third inning, while Casey Rodrigue (2-3, 2 RBI) sent his first homer over the wall in the bottom of the seventh.
Adam Angelle, Garrett Deschamp and Evan Powell each tallied a hit for the Bengals as well.
LSU Eunice got things started early with three runs in the first inning with the help of two hits and three St. Charles errors before tacking on their fourth run in the second inning via a pair of hits.
Chapman's homer came in the third, after McCoy's double, as the Bengal freshman sent a line drive shot over the left field wall.
The big inning for LSU Eunice came in the fifth, when Cagnina connected on his two-run double following a pair of hits by Powell and McCoy. Cagnina would come around to score on Rodrigue's sacrifice fly before Chapman would scamper home on a St. Charles wild pitch.
All three St. Charles runs came in the top of the seventh, as the visitors pieced together four hits - two of them doubles - to bring their runs home.
The Bengals saw Rodrigue's one-out, solo home run in the bottom of the seventh push the lead to eight before Angelle singled and scored on Trosclair's triple to deep right-center field.
Faced with needing to turn a double play, St. Charles saw Deschamp send a ground ball deep into the hole at shortstop and the visitors were only able to get a force out at second base as Trosclair trotted home with the game's final run.
LSU Eunice and St. Charles will wrap up their three-game series on Saturday with a doubleheader after moving up the finale a day due to weather concerns.
"It'll be a challenge for us to come out and play 18 innings, because it's going to be a long day. I'm looking forward to it and I know our team will look forward to that challenge," Willis said of the doubleheader.
Tomorrow's first game at 1 p.m. can be heard on KVPI 92.5 FM over the airwaves, online, or through their mobile apps, while both games can be seen through Bengal All-Access.