Bengals sweep North Lake over weekend
By J. Anfenson-Comeau
The LSU Eunice Bengals scored their 30th win of the season in a three-game, weekend sweep of North Lake College (Irving, Texas), going 10-3 in Saturday’s nine-inning game before going 14-3 in the opener and 6-4 in the nightcap Sunday.
On Saturday, North Lake had tied the score 3-3 in the top of the fifth inning before the Bengals broke out with three runs in the second half.
Jacob Fisher scored on a wild pitch before pinch hitter Seth Granger reached on a walk and scored on Trey Watkins’ double.
Later in the inning, Jordan Bourque scored on another wild pitch for LSUE’s 6-3 lead.
Four more insurance runs followed in the remaining three innings.
Chance Mistric (8-0) earned the win for LSUE, pitching all nine innings and giving up five hits and four walks, while striking out six batters.
Reliever Garrett Vest pitched the loss for the Blazers, giving up six earned runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out only three batters in three innings.
In Sunday’s opener, LSUE scored three runs in the bottom of the first, including two on Fisher’s triple to deep right center.
The Bengals added five more runs in the bottom of the second; after Watkins singled to drive in one run, NJCAA Div II Player of the Week Les Aulds doubled deep down the left field line for two more runs.
Aulds later scored on DH Zach Kirksey’s double, and Kirksey later scored on Fisher’s base hit for a 8-0 lead.
The Blazers got on the board in the top of the third, when J.P. Cazares scored on a wild pitch, but LSUE hit the double-digit mark wiht Aulds’ 2-RBI single.
North Lake added one run each in the fourth and fifth innings, but the Bengals added one run in the bottom of the fifth and three more in the sixth, including a two-run double by Watkins.
Joey Bourgeois (7-0) pitched the win for LSUE, giving up three earned runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out five batters in the first six innings of the game.
Starting pitcher Daulton Schafer took the loss for North Lake, giving up 10 earned runs on 11 hits and two walks, while striking out two batters in three innings.
In Sunday’s nightcap, North Lake took an early lead, scoring one run each in the first and second innings.
LSUE came back to tie the score in the bottom of the second, when Caleb Clowers and Clint Ourso scored on Blazer third baseman Andrew Keith’s bobble.
The Bengals took the lead in the third inning on Clowers’ sacrifice, and added a fourth run in the bottom of the fourth on Bourque’s sacrifice fly.
Kirksey scored on a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the fifth before Ourso bunted and reached first on a squeeze play to score another run.
North Lake tried to recover in the top of the sixth with two runs before the Bengals put an end to Blazer scoring.
Reliever Brandon Anderson (3-2) pitched the win for LSUE, giving up no runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out one batter in his two and two-thirds innings on the mound.
Starter Cody Geis took the loss for the Blazers, giving up five earned runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out three batters in the first five innings of the game.
On Wednesday, the Bengals travel to Baton Rouge Community College for a 4 p.m. doubleheader.