LSUE falls in doubleheader
By J. Anfenson-Comeau
PERKINSTON, Miss. – LSU at Eunice took a double whammy Tuesday, as Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College swept the Bengals 14-8 in the opener and 6-4 in the nightcap.
In the opener, the Bengals scored two runs in the top of the first inning, but MGCCC tied the score with a 2-RBI double from Jarrod Cannette.
The Bulldogs broke out for five more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, adding one in the fifth and three more in the next inning, to lead 11-2 by the end of the sixth inning.
In the top of the seventh, the Bengals added three more runs, including a 2-RBI base hit by shortstop Jordan Bourque.
The Bulldogs countered with three runs in the bottom of the eighth, including a 2-RBI base hit by Cannette, who later scored on a wild throw, to increase MGCCC’s lead to 14-5.
The Bengals narrowed the point gap in the top of the ninth, when designated hitter Zach Kirksey tripled to drive in two runs and later scored on Seth Granger’s base hit, but the Bengals were unable to make further inroads on the point gap.
Starter Brandon Anderson (0-2) took the loss for LSUE, giving up two earned runs on six hits and two walks in the first three innings of the game.
Clint Dempster took the win for MGCCC, giving up four earned runs off of nine hits and two walks, while striking out nine batters in six innings.
MGCCC only out hit LSUE 17-15, but the Bengals were unable to convert many of their hits into scoring opportunities.
In the nightcap, the Bengals surged to a 4-0 lead in the first inning, loading the bases before Kirksey tripled for three runs, and later scored on Brook Boudreaux’s sacrifice fly to deep right center.
The Bulldogs got on the scoreboard with one run in the bottom of the third inning, when Chris Rouse drew a walk, advanced to third on a double, and then scored on Stuart Hurt’s sacrifice fly.
MGCCC then broke out to steal the lead in the bottom of the sixth, beginning when Jeremy Hill tripled to drive in two runs.
Three more runs followed as the Bulldogs loaded the bases to surge to a 6-4 lead.
MGCCC pitcher Kenneth Atwood and the Bulldog defense silenced the Bengal bats from the second inning on. Atwood gave up three earned runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out nine batters during the entire game.
Ryan Broussard took the loss for LSUE, giving up six earned runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out five batters in his five and two-thirds innings on the mound.
With the losses, second-ranked LSUE drops to 10-3 on their season; MGCCC rises to 4-3.
The Bengals continue their stretch of road games with a doubleheader at East Central Mississippi Community College on Saturday, followed by a doubleheader at Mississippi Delta Community College on Sunday. Both contests are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.