Bengals end three-team round robin with 6-3 loss to LBWCC

By J. Anfenson-Comeau

ANDALUSIA, Ala. – The LSU at Eunice Bengals (26-4) ended a 16-game winning streak at the end of a weekend three-team round robin here Saturday with a 6-3 loss to Lurleen B. Wallace Community College, following a 11-5 morning win against Black Hawk Community College of Moline, Ill.

In the opener, LSUE scored one run in the bottom of the first before breaking out for six in the bottom of the second.

Jacob Fisher started things off when he nailed a two-run homer over the right-center fence.

Jordan Bourque and Seth Granger each singled to drive in one run, while Gabriel Thibodeaux singled to drive in two runs.

An eighth run followed in the bottom of the third on Trey Watkins’ base hit.

Bryan Jordan opened up scoring for Black Hawk in the top of the fourth with a solo home run. Ryan Allison and Mike Cox each nailed two-run homers before the end of the inning, cutting LSUE’s lead to 8-5.

The Bengals responded in the second half with designated hitter Zach Kirksey’s solo home run, followed by a two-run homer from Bourque.

Starter Joey Bourgeois (6-0) pitched the win, giving up five earned runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out seven batters in six innings.

Black Hawk starter Matt Swynenberg took the loss, giving up eight earned runs on 10 hits and a walk, while striking out three batters in two-and-one-thirds innings.

In the final game, LBWCC took a one-run lead in the bottom of the first, when T.J. Parks scored on a wild pitch.

LSUE tied the score in the top of the second when Watkins singled deep down the right field line to drive in one run.

LBWCC broke out for four runs in the second half, giving the host team a 5-1 lead.

The Bengals narrowed the point gap in the fifth and sixth innings, when Seth Granger scored on a passed ball, and Brook Boudreaux scored on a dropped fly after doubling to get on base.

LBWCC reliever Josh Dozier silenced the Bengal bats from the sixth inning on, however, and LBWCC managed to add an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth.

LBWCC starter Aaron Elmore pitched the win, giving up two earned runs on seven hits and two walks, with two strikeouts in four and one-thirds innings.

Dane Amadee (2-1) took the loss for LSUE, giving up five earned runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out two batters in one and two-thirds innings.

The Bengals’ last two losses were in a doubleheader against Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College on Feb. 24.

The Bengals travel to Delgado Community College in New Orleans for a doubleheader Tuesday at 4 p.m. before hosting Northlake Community College of Irving, Texas, for a three-game weekend series beginning Friday at 6 p.m.

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