Mar 31, 2014 12:30 AM by LSUE Sports Information
The LSU Eunice baseball team hit the road to take on Tyler Junior College in a three-game weekend set on Saturday and Sunday, winning the opener before dropping game two and then grabbing a series win with a Sunday afternoon victory.
The Bengals, now 24-7 on the year, used an eight-run fifth inning to come away with an 11-9 win in Saturday's first game before Tyler (20-13) used a six-run fourth inning in the second game for an 11-6 victory. LSU Eunice captured the series win with 14 hits on Sunday afternoon while holding Tyler to just six hits in a 7-3 victory.
Saturday's first game saw Brennan Bozeman tally a 4-for-5 hitting line while driving in for RBIs in the win. Derek Herrington notched two hits of his own, as five other players tallied a hit each, with Kyle St. Pierre (1-4) and Gabe Roberts (1-2, double) each collected two RBIs. Stefan Trosclair (1-3), Madison Nickens (1-4) and Jordan Romero (0-2) all notched an RBI as well.
In his first start of the year, right-hander Will Bacon tossed four innings to earn his first win, allowing eight hits and seven runs (five earned runs) while striking out three batters. Sam Walley, the fourth Bengal pitcher of the game, notched save No. 8 of his season.
Down 7-2 heading into the fifth inning, LSU Eunice plated eight runs on seven hits, highlighted by two-run doubles from St. Pierre and Roberts and an RBI single from Bozeman.
The second game saw the Bengals collect just eight hits, led by Madison Nickens' 3-for-3 game with two RBIs. Trosclair notched two hits and added an RBI, while St. Pierre (1-2), Walley (1-4) and Herrington (1-4) each tallied a hit and an RBI.
Hayden Marze was saddled with the loss, allowing eight hits and seven runs (three earned) in 3 2/3 innings of work, adding five strikeouts.
LSU Eunice took the lead in the top of the first on Trosclair's RBI single and added their second run in the third on St. Pierre's sacrifice fly before Tyler plated three runs in the bottom of the third inning to take the lead.
The Bengals retook the lead via Herrington's RBI double and Madison Nickens' run-scoring single before Tyler took the lead for good with six runs in the bottom of the fourth on five hits and the help of two errors.
The visitors added a run in the fifth on Walley's RBI groundout and another run on an RBI double by Madison Nickens in the ninth but it would not be enough.
Sunday's finale saw Madison Nickens lead the way with a 4-for-5 afternoon while Chad Reeves picked up his national-best eighth win of the year, tossing seven innings and allowing just four hits and two runs while striking out four batters.
Three players each notched two hits each, as Herrington (2-5, double) collected three RBIs and Bozeman (2-5) added an RBI of his own. Ray Veit (1-3) tallied three RBIs as well.
The Bengals took the lead in the top of the second on Herrington's two-run double and added to the lead in the third after a two-run single by Veit.
After seeing Tyler cut the lead in half, LSU Eunice plated two more run in the sixth inning when Herrington tripled and brought in a run and Bozeman followed with an RBI single of his own.
Tyler notched a single run in the eighth inning before the Bengals plated the final run of the weekend via Veit's bases loaded walk in the top of the ninth.
LSU Eunice returns home on Tuesday afternoon for a 6 p.m. contest against visiting Panola College. Tuesday's game can be seen on Bengal All-Access and heard on KVPI 92.5 FM.