Bengals split doubleheader with Delgado Dolphins

By J.Anfenson-Comeau

NEW ORLEANS – The LSU Eunice Bengals (27-5) split a doubleheader at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium Tuesday night, defeating Delgado Community College 9-7 in extra innings in the opener but falling 7-1 in the nightcap.

Delgado (21-10) opened up scoring in the first game with two runs in the bottom of the third, scoring one run on shortstop Brook Boudreaux’s misplayed grounder, and a second after loading the bases before Beau Boudreaux drew a walk.

LSUE got on the board in the top of the fourth when Gabriel Thibodeaux doubled deep down the left field line, and later scored on a ground out.

The Dolphins responded in the second half with one run to lead 3-1.

The Bengals took the lead in the top of the fifth with three runs, when Brook Boudreaux bunted and reached on a base hit to score one run, followed by Les Aulds 2-RBI single to left-center.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Dolphins retook a narrow lead with two runs, on a sacrifice pop-up and a sacrifice fly.

LSUE came back with two runs in the top of the eighth; pinch hitter Seth Granger singled to drive in one run, and then scored on Zach Kirksey’s base hit.

Another run followed in the top of the ninth, when Trey Watkins doubled and then scored on Aulds’ base hit, giving the Bengals a 7-5 lead.

That lead vanished in the second half, as Delgado’s Chandler Laurant singled to score two runs and tie the game, forcing the extra inning.

In the top of the 10th, after two outs, Ryan Broussard tripled to deep right center to drive home one run, and then scored on Jordan Bourque’s base hit.

Reliever Ryan Broussard pitched the win for LSUE, giving up two earned runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out three batters.

In the nightcap, Delgado drew first blood in the bottom of the third on Max Ledet’s base hit.

The Dolphins followed it up with a six-run blowout in the bottom of the fourth, loading the bases and scoring two runs before designated hitter Ryan Scott tripled to score three runs. Scott then scored on Dustin Wambsgans’ sacrifice fly.

LSUE’s sole run came in the top of the sixth inning, when Thibodeaux singled to get on base and scored on Kirksey’s double.

Relief pitcher Dane Amadee (2-2) took the loss for LSUE, giving up seven runs, six earned, off of four hits and three walks, while striking out two batters in three innings.

Stephen Lukinovich pitched the win, giving up only one earned run on six hits, while striking out six Bengal batters.

This weekend, LSUE hosts North Lake College of Irving, Texas, for a three-game, three-day series, beginning Friday at 6 p.m.

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