Feb 15, 2014 10:52 AM by LSU Eunice Sports Information
The LSU Eunice baseball team opened its weekend series against visiting Galveston College with an 11-9 victory in a marathon contest that lasted just under four hours.
Overall, the two teams combined for 25 hits, 11 walks and nine errors in addition to the 20 total runs while each used four pitchers on the night that lasted three hours and 46 minutes.
"There was a lot of offense. There were some walks mixed in, but I thought both offenses swung the bat pretty well tonight. Both pitching staffs probably didn't have their best stuff tonight, so our hitters and their hitters were able to take advantage and exploit some of those pitches that got elevated," head coach Jeff Willis said.
"That's college baseball. Sometimes you are going to have a shootout like this and sometimes you're going to have a close one. You have to find ways to win all types of games."
The Bengals (7-0) scored runs in five innings, but had to hold on in the ninth after seeing Galveston (5-3) plate two runs in their final at-bat before leaving two runners on to end the night.
Sophomore Stefan Trosclair led the way at the plate for LSU Eunice, finishing 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored. Sophomores Kyle St. Pierre and Ray Veit (double), along with freshman Brennan Bozeman, each notched two hits, with St. Pierre and Bozeman both driving in a run.
Tyler Chapman tallied just one hit, but the sophomore's solo home run to lead off the bottom of the seventh gave the Bengals some cushion in what proved to be their final run of the game.
Freshman Ralphie McDonald notched a pair of RBIs on his night, finishing with a hit and a walk, while David LaFleur (0-3, walk) also finished with an RBI.
Sophomore Chad Reeves earned the win on the mound for the Bengals despite not having his best stuff, tossing five innings, allowing five hits and three runs while walking two batters and striking out five.
Zach Hamilton allowed four runs on five hits and a walk in his inning of relief before Ben LeBlanc settled the Bengals down with 1 2/3 innings of work in which he allowed just one hit and a walk. Jevin Huval had an eventful final four outs, allowing two hits and two runs in the ninth, but was able to leave the tying run stranded to wrap up the night.
After seeing Galveston plate a run in the top of the first inning, LSU Eunice responded with two runs in the bottom of the frame, using a sacrifice fly RBI from St. Pierre and a throwing error by Galveston to take the lead.
The Bengals added to the lead with three runs in the second, with Veit opening the inning with a double before scoring on McDonald's sacrifice bunt, while Trosclair also added an RBI single in the frame.
Three more runs scored in the third inning, as St. Pierre led off with a single before later scoring on a Galveston wild pitch, LaFleur collected an RBI groundout and McDonald tallied his second RBI of the night with a single into left field.
Bozeman and Trosclair each notched RBI singles in the sixth before Chapman's solo homer to lead off the seventh ended the scoring for the Bengals on the night.
Prior to Chapman's homer, Galveston had just plated three runs in the top of the seventh to pull within three runs at 10-7. Chapman pushed the lead to four before the visitors plated two runs in the top of the ninth with two hits, a walk and a Bengal error before Huval induced a groundout to end the night.
LSU Eunice and Galveston continue their series tomorrow night with a 6 p.m. scheduled first pitch.
Tomorrow night's game can be seen on Bengal All-Access.