Feb 7, 2014 11:18 PM by LSU Eunice Sports Information
The LSU Eunice baseball team kept its' bats hot on Friday night despite the cold conditions, connecting for 14 hits, including six that went for extra bases, in a 17-0 victory over visiting St. Charles Community College in the first game of their weekend series.
The Bengals (4-0) plated two runs in the first inning and never looked back, adding seven runs while batting around in the third inning and four additional runs in both the fourth and sixth innings in the win. As a team, LSU Eunice drew 12 walks in the game while 16 of the 17 runs were driven home as players tallied RBIs.
Five players each notched two hits - sophomores Stefan Trosclair and Ray Veit, along with freshmen Gabe Roberts (double), Sam Walley (2 doubles) and Mason Nickens - as the Bengals also so redshirt freshmen David LaFleur (double) and Trey Caswell, and freshmen Brennan Bozeman and Madison Nickens each tally one hit.
Veit finished with a game-high five RBIs, including a three-run triple in the third inning, while Trosclair added four RBIs of his own. Walley drove home two runs, while Roberts and Mason Nickens each brought home a run as well.
Left-hander Chad Reeves notched his second win of the year, as the sophomore starter tossed four innings and allowed just one hit while walking three and striking out eight batters.
"Chad went out in the first inning and had really good stuff and set the tone right off the bat as we got some momentum on our side. I thought our bullpen came in and threw really well, we threw a lot of strikes...14 strikeouts on the night was good," head coach Jeff Willis said.
"It was a total team effort tonight (offensively). Overall, guys went to the plate and settled in at the box and had some good at bats. They got some pitches to hit and when they did, they didn't miss," he added.
Freshmen Zach Hamilton, Hayden Marze and Ben Braymer combined to allow just one hit and no walks with six strikeouts over the final three innings out of the bullpen.
The Bengals scored their opening run of the night on sacrifice fly by Trosclair to plate Derek Herrington (0-0, 2 BB, 2 runs) before Veit collected his first RBI of the night with a single back up the middle to score Kyle St. Pierre (0-1, 2 BB, 2 runs).
The hosts opened the game up in the third inning, sending 11 batters to the plate in the frame while notching five hits and three walks in the inning, plating their seven runs highlighted by Veit's three-run triple and a two-run double by Trosclair.
In the fourth inning, four walks, two hits and a St. Charles error led to the four-run frame, highlighted by Caswell's RBI single up the middle and sacrifice flies from Veit and Chauvin to plate two more runs before the Bengals left the bases loaded.
An RBI double from Roberts and a two-run double for Walley helped the Bengals to their four-run sixth to cap off the night's scoring.
The series continues tomorrow afternoon with a 1 p.m. first pitch. Tomorrow's game can be seen on Bengal All-Access.
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