Bengals sweep St. Charles in three-game series
By J. Anfenson-Comeau
The LSU at Eunice Bengals added four more wins to their record last weekend, shutting out St. Charles Community College Friday in a doubleheader, 13-0 and 8-0, before completing the sweep Saturday with a 5-2 win and taking down Copiah-Lincoln Community College 16-6.
After two strikeouts, freshman outfielder Les Aulds got things started in Friday’s opener with a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning.
Caleb Clowers drove in one run in the bottom of the second inning.
In the bottom of the third inning, Aulds singled to drive in two runs before scoring on designated hitter Zach Kirksey’s three-run homer.
Two more runs in the fourth inning, and four in the fifth, helped seal the Bengals’ 13-run win.
Joey Bourgeois (3-0) led LSUE on the mound, giving up only five hits in six innings, while striking out nine batters.
In the nightcap, the Bengals loaded the bases before third baseman Brook Boudreaux’s 2-RBI base hit put LSUE on the scoreboard.
Two runs each in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings secured LSUE’s win.
Chance Mistric (3-0) pitched the win for the Bengals, going all seven innings and giving up only three hits and a walk, while striking out 10 batters.
On Saturday, the St. Charles Cougars took an early lead, with shortstop Andrew Keating’s home run in the top of the first, followed by a Brian Patrick base hit in the top of the second.
LSUE lit the scoreboard with one run in the bottom of the third, followed by two more in the fourth, giving the Bengals a 3-2 lead.
Outfielder Seth Granger tripled in the bottom of the fifth for two insurance runs.
Starter Joe Fabre pitched his first win of the season, giving up two earned runs off of five hits and a walk, while striking out three batters in four innings.
Later that evening, LSUE started things off against Co-Lin with an RBI triple by Aulds, followed by Gabriel Thibodeaux’s two-run homer to left-center.
Co-Lin got on the board with Jonathon Grace’s 2-RBI base hit in the top of the second.
Boudreaux tripled for one run in the second half, extending LSUE’s lead to 4-2.
In the top of the third, Co-Lin took the lead with three runs, including another 2-RBI base hit by Grace, to lead 5-4.
The Bengals retook the lead in the bottom of the fourth with Ryan Broussard’s two-run home run. The Bengals picked up two more runs, on a wild pitch and a dropped pop-up, to lead 8-5.
After Co-Lin added one run in the top of the fifth, the Bengals broke out for eight runs in the second half.
Seth Granger tripled to drive in one run, then scored on Clowers’ base hit.
Boudreaux was hit by a pitch with bases loaded before Aulds nailed a grand slam over the right-center field fence.
Granger’s RBI base hit provided LSUE with its 16th run, and ended the game under the 10-run mercy rule.
Relief pitcher Brennen Flick earned the win, giving up one earned run on one hit and two walks, while striking out four batters in one and two-thirds innings.
On Saturday, the Bengals travel to East Central Community College of Decatur, Miss. for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m., followed by a Sunday doubleheader at Mississippi Delta Community College (Moorhead, Miss.), also beginning at 1 p.m.