Bengals complete three-game sweep of BRCC
By Jamie Anfenson-Comeau
The LSU at Eunice Bengals shut the game down early Saturday and Sunday, adding two more wins to complete their sweep of a three-game weekend series against Baton Rouge Community College.
With the wins, the top-ranked Bengals are now 33-7 for the season.
Saturday afternoon, the Bengals added two runs in the bottom of the eighth to end the game 16-6 under the 10-run mercy rule.
LSU transfer Kellen Bozeman opened up scoring in the bottom of the first inning, tripling to score the first of four runs.
Delta Cleary tripled to score another run in the bottom of the second for his first of three RBI.
Boomer Blanchard hit a two-run home run over the left-field fence in the bottom of the fourth inning, and tripled for one run in the next inning for another run.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Bengals led 14-6 when Cleary flied out to center to score one run; then Matt Creel singled to drive in his third run of the game, ending the contest.
Creel (4-0) pitched the win, giving up five unearned runs off of seven hits and a walk during the first five innings of the game, while striking out seven batters in 23 at-bats.
Starter Travis Bertrand took the loss for BRCC, giving up seven earned runs off of nine hits and striking out four batters in the first two innings.
The Bengals ended Sunday’s contest with two runs in the bottom of the seventh to take a 11-1 win.
LSUE drew first blood in the first inning when Creel doubled to drive in one run.
The Bengals added two more in the bottom of the second, loading the bases before Boomer Blanchard sacrificed for one run and Creel singled for another.
In the bottom of the third, Jason Terrel scored on BRCC shortstop Jarrod Fabacher’s wild pitch before the Bengals loaded the bases again, scoring three more runs on a walk, a hit batsman and a wild pitch and giving LSUE at 7-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth, Terrel tripled before being driven home on a home run to deep right center by catcher Nate Peterson.
The Bears scored their sole run of the game in the top of the fifth on Chase Sims’ base hit, limiting LSUE’s lead to 9-1.
The Bengals ended the contest two innings later, when Peterson tripled and then scored on freshman pinch hitter Joey Johnson’s base hit; Johnson then scored on a wild pitch by reliever Edward Sutton to end the game.
Stefan Comeaux (4-0) pitched the win, giving up one unearned run off of five hits and one walk in the first four-and-two-thirds innings of the game while striking out eight batters.
On Tuesday, LSUE travels to Pineville for a 4 p.m. doubleheader against the Louisiana College junior varsity team.
This weekend, the Bengals host another three-game series, taking on the Delgado Community College Dolphins beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m.