May 5, 2013 10:53 AM by LSU Eunice Sports Information
The LSU Eunice baseball team saw sophomore Casey Rodrigue stole four bases on Saturday night, with his swipe of second base in the eighth inning breaking the Bengals' program record for most stolen bases in a single season, as the Bengals held on for a 5-4 victory in over Panola College in the second game of their series.
Rodrigue's record-breaking stolen base, No. 59 on the season, was surpassed moments later when he swiped third base, then tagged and scored on a sacrifice fly in what turned out to be the difference in the game.
"Coach gave me the green light, and I've been doing that all year - just trying to swipe some bags and do what I can for the team. It was really nice when I got there and all my teammates were just really happy for me and that was the greatest part about it," Rodrigue said.
"It's a great feeling to know I have that record, but it's a greater feeling to know that all your teammates are genuinely happy for you," Rodrigue added.
The previous record of 58 stolen bases in a single season had been held by Trey Watkins and was set in 2009.
"Casey has been one of our biggest contributors this year, along with some other guys. He has run the bases extremely well for us this year and been the guy that's been able to be the catalyst and the guy that's set the tone for us by getting on base, causing some havoc and scoring runs for us," head coach Jeff Willis said.
Rodrigue finished with two hits, including a double and RBI, to help push the Bengals (44-8) to the win.
Buddy McCoy tallied a 3-for-4 night to lead the way at the plate, adding an RBI, as Evan Powell also notched two hits on the night.
Stefan Trosclair finished with one hit and a pair of sacrifice fly-RBIs, including one in the eighth that brought home Rodrigue.
Panola (27-23) made things interesting in the ninth, using a pair of two-out LSU Eunice errors to score a run and cut the lead to one before the Bengals stranded two runners on base and recorded the night's final out.
"It was a really good college baseball game. I thought offensively we came up with some big hits when we needed to, and then in the ninth inning, we bent but we didn't break," Willis said.
The Bengals took the lead in the first inning when Landon Thibodeaux (0-2, 2 BB) drew a bases-loaded walk before Panola answered with two runs in the top of the second inning.
The game remained that way until the fourth, when LSU Eunice regained the lead on a sacrifice fly from Trosclair that was followed by an RBI single from McCoy.
The Bengals added a run in the fifth on Rodrigue's RBI double to plate Tyler Chapman (1-4), who opened the inning with a double of his own.
Panola cut into the lead with a single run in the sixth before Rodrigue reached on an error in the eighth and stole second and third to score the eventual winning run on Trosclair's sacrifice fly.
Bengal starter Chad Reeves improved to 8-2 on the season with the win, tossing six innings and allowing four hits and three runs with four walks and five strikeouts.
Relievers Trae Hester and Ryan Domingue combined for the final three innings, with Hester striking out two batters and allowing two hits over his two innings of work before Domingue struck out two batters of his own while allowing one hit and an unearned run in the ninth.
The two teams wrap up their three-game set tomorrow afternoon with a 1 p.m. first pitch in the Bengals' final home game of 2013.
Tomorrow's game can be seen on Bengal All-Access.
Coach Willis' postgame comments: http://youtu.be/GoD67hl9E88
Casey Rodrigue postgame comments: http://youtu.be/1szQrFmWHv0