Jan 31, 2014 10:37 PM by LSUE Sports Information
he LSU Eunice baseball team rang in the 2014 season on Friday night, coming away with an 11-0 victory over visiting North Lake College in the first game of the series.
The Bengals (1-0), ranked No. 2 in the NJCAA Division II Preseason Poll, scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back, adding a single run in the third inning before a four-run fifth inning and three final runs in the sixth.
Sophomore starting pitcher Chad Reeves picked up right where he left off a season ago, earning his first win of the year after tossing five innings and allowing just three hits and one walk while striking out three batters. Freshman Nick Lawrence came on to finish out the final two innings, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out one.
"Chad went out and set the tone right off the bat. He got some momentum on our side and made some big pitches when he needed to. That's what we expect from a guy that's been in that situation," head coach Jeff Willis said.
"We had three two-out RBI hits that gave us five of our 11 runs. Those were big hits in those situations. You have to hit in the clutch, and I thought our guys did for the most part."
A pair of sophomores led the way at the plate for LSU Eunice, as Kyle St. Pierre and Tyler Chapman each finished with two hits, as Chapman drove in a pair of RBIs and scored twice, while St. Pierre collected an RBI of his own while scoring three times.
Fellow sophomore Ray Veit finished 1-for-2 with a pair of walks while driving in two runs, while redshirt freshman David LaFleur drew two walks and added two RBIs as well.
Freshman Brennan Bozeman (1-2, 2 BB) and Mason Nickens (1-3, 1 BB) each tallied a hit as well.
St. Pierre brought home the first run of the season in the opening inning, driving home Bozeman before LaFleur extended the inning with two outs, reaching on a bobble by the North Lake first baseman that saw St. Pierre and Chapman score.
In the third inning, it was St. Pierre again in the middle of the action, singling before advancing on a wild pitch before Chapman drove him home with an RBI double to deep left field.
The fifth inning saw the Bengals load the bases with one out for Veit to single back up the middle to drive home two runs and see Nickens follow with a two-run single of his own.
In the sixth, the Bengals used three North Lake errors and five walks to plate their three runs in the inning, with Chapman's RBI single the only hit in the frame as LSU Eunice left the bases loaded.
LSU Eunice and North Lake will wrap up their three game series Saturday afternoon with a doubleheader set for a 1 p.m. start. Tomorrow's doubleheader can be seen on Bengal All-Access.