Bengals drop two to Delgado over weekend

By Jamie Anfenson-Comeau

NEW ORLEANS – The LSU at Eunice baseball team’s weekend started strong before ending in tragedy, as the Bengals opened up Saturday with an eight-run shutout of Delgado Community College before being swept by the Dolphins in a doubleheader.

On Saturday, the Bengals (26-6) drew first blood in the top of the fifth inning when Bengal catcher Michael Billings doubled for two runs, and later scored on a dropped fly ball.

Billings doubled again in the top of the eighth inning for two more runs, going 3-for-4 in the contest.

Matt Creel nailed a solo home run over the right field fence in the top of the sixth, followed by Brady Bourque’s RBI double.

Outfielder Delta Cleary singled in the seventh for one run.

Sophomore Ryan Boudreaux (5-0) took the win for the Bengals, giving up two hits and two walks in four-and-one-thirds’ innings while striking out two batters.

In Sunday’s opener, LSUE dropped a 7-6 decision in a 10-inning nailbiter.

Delgado took the lead with one run in the bottom of the first inning, but LSUE forged ahead in the top of the third with four runs, including LSU transfer Kellan Bozeman’s 2 RBI double.

But Delgado narrowed the point gap in the bottom of the fourth with two runs, and then scored two runs for the lead on relief pitcher Josh Bailey’s wild throw.

The Dolphins added one more run on a ground-out to lead 6-4.

The Bengals came back to force the extra innings in the top of the ninth, when Boomer Blanchard doubled to score one run.

Blanchard then scored on Cleary’s triple to tie the score.

After holding the Bengals scoreless in the top half of the 10th, The Dolphins loaded the bases with two outs before first baseman Max Ledet singled to score the winning run.

In the seven-inning nightcap, the Bengals once again dropped a 7-6 decision.

Delgado took a one-run lead in the bottom of the first, but the Bengals quickly tied the score in the top of the second when designated hitter Tyler Slocum scored on Bourque’s sacrifice fly.

Delgado retook the lead in the bottom of the third with one run before Bozeman’s solo home run in the top of the fifth left the score 2-2.

But things took a turn for the worse for LSUE in the second half, as the Dolphins loaded the bases just before Ledet’s grand slam gave Delgado a 6-2 lead.

But the Bengals narrowed the point gap in the top of the seventh with Perry Smith’s 3-RBI homer, and tied the score 6-6 when Chase Blanchard later doubled for one run.

In the second half, relief pitcher Tyler Slocum struck out the first two Dolphin batters before hitting Ledet with a pitch.

Dolphin designated hitter Ryan Scott then doubled to center to score Ledet for the win.

The Bengals continue on the road with a 1 p.m. doubleheader at Wharton Junior College of Texas.

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