Feb 20, 2013 11:36 AM by LSU Eunice Sports Information
The LSU Eunice baseball team hit the road for the first time in 2013 on Tuesday, coming up short in both games of their doubleheader at Pearl River Community College, falling in the opener 5-4 in 10 innings before dropping the second game 7-6.
In the first game, the Bengals (9-2) fell three runs behind before tying the game in the top of the sixth with three runs of their own. They then took the lead in the eighth before Pearl River (7-1) scored the tying runs with two outs in the ninth before winning the game in the tenth when they drew a bases loaded walk.
"Pearl River showed up to play today and we didn't do enough to win. In college baseball, if you don't show up ready to play and you don't get after it pitch-by-pitch, that's what can happen to you," head coach Jeff Willis said.
Kirk Savoy got the start for the Bengals in the afternoon game, going 5 1/3 innings and allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out three batters. After two scoreless innings from Ben LeBlanc, Ryan Domingue was on the mound in the ninth when the tying run scored on an error, and Jevin Huval (0-1) took the loss after coming into the game in the tenth and allowing one hit and two walks, including the game winner.
Down 3-0 in the sixth, the Bengals pushed across three runs on two hits thanks to a Garrett Deschamp RBI single up the middle before Trent Vidrine sent an two-run double down the left field line to tie the game.
Vidrine gave the Bengals the lead in the eighth with his RBI single up the middle to score Landon Thibodeaux.
In the ninth, LSU Eunice was one out away from the win when an error allowed the tying run to score from second base, before Huval loaded the bases and walked in the winning run on a 3-2 count in the tenth.
Deschamp led the attack with a 3-for-4 game, while Vidrine added two hits and his three RBI, as the only LSU Eunice players with multiple hits.
The second game saw the Bengals jump on top early, with Casey Rodrigue sending the game's first pitch over the right field wall for a solo homer.
The lead would be short lived, with Pearl River scoring two runs in the bottom of the first before adding three more in the second inning.
Rodrigue was at the center of the Bengals' run in the third inning when he singled, moved around the base paths and scored three batters later on Deschamp's RBI single into left field.
Pearl River added single runs in the fourth and fifth before the Bengals made their final push with four runs over the final two innings.
In the sixth, Vidrine reached with a single up the middle before C.J. Womack connected with an opposite field, two-run homer to right-center field to cut the lead to three. Rodrigue singled in the seventh before scoring on a fielders' choice, and Deschamp doubled to left-center to bring LSU Eunice within one with the tying run on second base with two outs before Buddy McCoy struck out to end the game.
Rodrigue's 3-for-4 night led the way, while Deschamp finished 2-for-4 with two RBI and Vidrine tallied a 2-for-3 line.
Clay Tageant (0-1) started the second game, going four innings and allowing six runs (four earned) on three hits and four walks to be saddled with the loss for the Bengals.
The Bengals now turn around and get ready to welcome North Central Texas College to town for a three-game set beginning on Friday night with a 6 p.m. first pitch.
"Our guys will be ready to play. North Central has tremendous players, I respect them and their coaching staff, and it should be a good weekend," Willis said.
This weekend's series can be seen on Bengal All-Access.