Bengals win two of three-game series against Delgado
By Tom Dodge
The top ranked Louisiana State University at Eunice fell 8-3 to Delgado Community College in the first game of a three game series, but the Bengals (36-8) recovered to grab 8-2, 7-2 wins in the season finale series against the New Orleans team.
Friday’s rainy weather forced a Saturday doubleheader and Delgado cruised in the first contest as the Dolphins grabbed an early 1-0 lead when Kyle Olasin singled and scored on a single by Max Ledet.
LSUE tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth when Perry Smith doubled and scored on a double by Brady Bourque.
DCC scored three runs in the top of the fifth to retake the lead for good, begun when Michael Liberto drew a walk and scored on Ledet’s double.
The Dolphins added two more runs in the inning when Josh Labiche singled to drive in Justin Aldrige and Ledet.
LSUE closed the gap to 4-2 in the bottom of the inning on a solo homer by Boomer Blanchard, his seventh round tripper of the season.
Delgado added a run in the top of the sixth stanza when Russell Turnage singled and scored on a sacrifice from Alridge as the Dolphins forged ahead 5-2.
DCC pushed across three insurance runs in the top of the ninth inning for a 8-2 margin. Ledet walked and Ryan Scott singled and the Doplhin duo both scored on a wild throw by Alex McCollum that allowed Craig Schnell to reach base. Schnell later scored when Chris Waguespack hit a sacrifice to centerfield.
LSUE scored a run in the bottom of the ninth when pinch hitter Jason Terrel doubled to plate Bourque, but the Bengals’ rally ended with a Dolphins’ double play.
Ryan Boudreaux (7-1) suffered his first loss of the season for LSUE as he fanned five, walked three and allowed five earned runs on 10 hits.
Chase Blanchard went 3-for-4 for the Bengals, while Bourque went 1-for-2 with two walks.
LSUE regrouped to grab 8-2 win in Saturday’s finale, aided by a four-run explosion in the bottom of the second innings.
Delgado jumped out to a 2-0 lead as the Dolphins scored runs in the first two innings.
Liberto doubled and scored on Ledet’s single in the first inning. Liberto singled in the second stanza to plate Josh Labiche as the visitors seemed poised for back-to-back upset wins.
The Bengals regrouped to score four runs in the bottom of the frame and held on the lead the rest of the contest.
Kellen Bozeman walked and scored a double by Michael Billings to close the gap to 2-1. Chase Blanchard sacrificed to drive in Bourque, who was hit by pitcher Eric Pessin.
Boomer Blanchard was also hit by a pitch and Cleary doubled to plate Billings and Blanchard as the Bengals pushed ahead 4-2.
LSUE added another run in the bottom of the third when Bozeman was hit by Jacob Ott and later scored on a passed ball.
With a 5-2 advantage, the Bengals scored two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to put the game out of reach.
Cleary singled to score Chase Blanchard and two batters later Slocum singled in Cleary to increase the margin to five runs.
LSUE added its final run in the bottom of the sixth inning when Boomer Blanchard singled and scored on a Slocum’s single.
Matt Creel improved his record to 5-0 on the season as he struck out four, walked two and allowed two earned runs on seven hits in a seven-inning complete game performance for the Bengals.
Cleary (3 RBI) and Slocum each went 2-for-4 in the game and recorded five RBI between them.
LSUE closed out the three game series with another come-from-behind performance on Sunday.
Delgado (28-14) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning when Olasin doubled and scored on another double by Liberto.
The Bengals finally pushed two runs across in the bottom of the fifth inning including a solo shot by Bourque .Nate Peterson singled and scored on a passed ball as the Bengals grabbed its first lead of the game.
Delgado tied the game in the top of the sixth when Alridge doubled and scored on a passed ball.
But the Bengals quickly scored two runs in the bottom of the stanza to grab the advantage again.
Bozeman singled and scored on Slocum’s triple to left center. Slocum then scored on a single by Perry Smith.
LSUE put the game on ice in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Bengals added three more runs to its lead.
Cleary bunted and scored on Creel’s double for a 5-2 lead, while Creel scored on a double by Bozeman.
The double barrage continued when Slocum hit a two-bagger to plate Bozeman and the romp was complete.
Josh Bailey improved his record to 2-2 as he allowed one hit and struck out one in 2.2 innings of work to replace starter Stefan Comeaux (5 strikeouts, seven hits, 2 earned runs) and reliever Eric Ortego (1 walk, 1 hit ).
Slocum went 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Bourque, Bozeman, Smith and Creel were 2-for-4 with a RBI for the Bengals in the win.