LSUE wins two in Mississippi

By J. Anfenson-Comeau

DECATUR, Miss. – The LSU at Eunice Bengals picked up two more wins last weekend against East Central Community College 16-4 and 7-1, improving their record to 12-3 on the 2009 season.

Sunday’s scheduled game against Mississippi Delta Community College was cancelled due to inclement weather.

On Friday, the Warriors took an early lead, scoring one run in the bottom of the first inning and two in the bottom of the second, before the Bengals broke out for seven runs in the third inning.

Five walks and a batter hit-by-pitch helped the Bengals load the bases and tie the score at 3-3; designated hitter Zach Kirksey then nailed a grand slam home run to give LSUE a 7-3 lead.

Gabriel Thibodeaux hit a solo home run in the top of the fifth before East Central scored one run in the bottom of the seventh on Tyler Davis’ double.

The Bengals added two insurance runs in the top of the eighth inning on a wild pitch and Trey Watkins’ base hit.

The Bengals added another six runs in the top of the last inning on a sacrifice fly by Kirksey, doubles by Jacob Fisher and Watkins, and a 2-RBI double by Caleb Clowers.

Joey Bourgeois (4-0) took the win for LSUE, giving up two earned runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out seven batters in the first seven innings.

Starting pitcher Steven Barnes took the loss for East Central, giving up two runs off of one hit and four walks, while striking out two batters in two innings.

On Saturday, LSUE took an early lead in the top of the first inning Watkins reached on a walk and then scored on Les Aulds’ base hit.

The Warriors tied the score in the second half, however, when Daniel Eichelberger blasted a solo home run over the centerfield fence.

LSUE regained the lead in the top of the third, beginning when Watkins scored on Thibodeaux’s base hit.

Kirksey and Clowers each singled to drive in one run; Kirksey later took advantage of a wild pitch to score, giving LSUE a 5-1 lead.

Watkins drove in two runs on a base hit while bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning to seal the Bengals’ win.

Chance Mistric (4-0) earned the win for LSUE, giving up only one earned run on two hits and a walk while striking out eight batters in his seven innings on the mound.

Starter Ernie Triplett took the loss for the Warriors, giving up five earned runs on seven hits and five walks, while striking out 11 Bengal batters in the first six innings of the game.

This week, the Bengals participate in the Hinds Community College Tournament in Vicksburg, Miss.; the tournament runs from Thursday through Saturday.

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