Feb 2, 2013 6:41 PM by LSU-Eunice Media Relations
The LSU Eunice baseball team jumped out to an early lead for the second game in a row on Saturday afternoon, scoring 10 runs in the first two innings to take a 12-3 win over North Lake College in the second game of the three game set.
The Bengals (2-0) scored six runs in the opening inning off a single hit as they sent 10 men to the plate, and then added the five runs in the second off of three consecutive run-producing hits to set the advantage.
"I'd like to see offensively, let's try not to play the first two innings and take the rest of the game off. If we are going to win at the level we want to win at, we've got to be a group of guys that says ‘we've got to keep adding on' and get out of the game as soon as possible," head coach Jeff Willis said.
Garrett Deschamp (0-4, BB, 2 RBI) brought home the game's first run in the first inning with a sacrifice fly that brought home Casey Rodrigue (2 stolen bases) before the Trint Vidrine (1-2, HBP, BB, 2 RBI) and Stefan Trosclair (RBI) drew a pair of back-to-back bases loaded walks for the Bengals.
Tyler Chapman stepped to the plate, still with the bases loaded, and delivered a line drive double into the left field corner to bring home three runs for the inning's big hit to give the hosts a 6-0 advantage.
The second inning saw the Bengals put two runners on via a walk and hit by pitch before Evan Powell (2-3, HBP, RBI) delivered an RBI single to open the scoring in the inning.
Buddy McCoy (1-3, BB, 2 RBI) followed with a two-run double before Vidrine connected on an RBI double of his own to open the game up and give LSU Eunice a ten-run lead.
Starter Kirk Savoy earned his first win of the season after throwing four innings for the Bengals, allowing three hits and two runs while striking out four batters.
Relievers Trae Hester, Dominick Landry and Ryan Domingue combined to allow North Lake just five hits and one run over the final five innings and totaling nine strikeouts, including Domingue striking out the side to end it in the ninth.
North Lake posted two runs in the top of the third on a two-run double by Colton Brown before the Bengals answered in the bottom of the inning when Adam Angelle (0-2, 2 BB, 3 stolen bases) walked and stole second and third base before scoring later in the frame.
Both teams saw their bullpens toss scoreless frames the next three innings before North Lake used a leadoff walk and a sacrifice fly to push a run across in the seventh. LSU Eunice pushed across their final run in the eighth.
The two teams wrap up the season opening series tomorrow afternoon with a 1 p.m. first pitch. Sophomore Zac Person will get the start on the mound for the Bengals.
"Zac will go out and set the tone for us and hopefully we'll go out and play a full nine innings. We have yet to do that," Willis added.
Tomorrow's game can be seen on Bengal All-Access and heard over the airwaves on KVPI 1050 AM.