Feb 15, 2013 11:44 PM by LSUE Sports Information
The LSU Eunice baseball team stayed perfect on the young 2013 season Friday night, taking a 7-3 win over visiting Murray State in the opener of the team's three game series.
Murray State (3-3) actually outhit the Bengals (7-0), but the hosts scored four runs in the opening inning before adding two in the fifth and a final insurance run in the seventh for the victory.
"The story of the night was Brady Domangue and Trae Hester. They both threw a lot of strikes and really competed the whole night. Tomorrow is a new day and I fully expect Murray State to come out ready to play," head coach Jeff Willis said.
Domangue finished his night with six innings of work, allowing seven hits and two runs while walking one batter and striking out nine to grab his third win of the year.
Hester followed him up with three solid innings of his own, giving up one hit and one run while striking out four batters.
Offensively, the Bengals jumped on the board in the first with the help of three hits and two Murray State errors.
Landon Thibodeaux (2-4) opened the night's scoring with an RBI single before Evan Powell (1-4) followed three batters later with an RBI single of his own. Thibodeaux would score on a Garrett Deschamp (0-1, BB) sacrifice fly before Buddy McCoy would scamper home on a wild pitch for the inning's final run.
After Murray State trimmed the lead to just two in the top of the fifth, the Bengals responded with two runs in the bottom of the frame on a Tyler Chapman (1-2) two-run double to left field.
Murray State tacked on its' final run in the seventh before LSU Eunice added their final run when Chapman was hit by a pitch, stole second, advanced to third on Casey Rodrigue's (2-5) bunt base hit and scored on a fielder's choice.
The Bengals and Murray State continue their series on Saturday afternoon with a 1 p.m. first pitch. Tomorrow's game can be seen on Bengal All-Access and heard on KVPI 92.5 FM.