PINEVILLE -- The Louisiana College baseball team had no trouble dispatching the Dakota State University Trojans in their midweek doubleheader Wednesday night at Billy Allgood Field. The Wildcats easily cruised to a 13-3 win in game one then made easier work of a 17-3 win in game two. The Wildcats return to American Southwest Conference play this weekend in a three game series at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
It took no time at all for the Wildcats to get the offense rolling in game one as Deauton Delgado blasted his third home run of the season over the left field wall to put LC on top 2-0 just three batters into the game. They added another run a few batters later when Brayden Miles shot on through the left side far enough for Duncan Cornfoot to race around from second to score. Dakota State got a run back in the top of the second on a single to right, but the Wildcat added to their lead once again in the second with another three spot.
A throwing error led to the first run of the game, then a well executed squeeze bunt from Sully Martin brought in another, before Cornfoot singled down the left field line to score the third run of the inning and put LC up 6-1 after two innings. After two scoreless innings, the Wildcats put the final nail in the coffin in the bottom of the fifth, adding seven more runs to their total.
Steven Pizano was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded for the first run of the inning, then Zane Corbell hit a double to left field bringing in two more runs. Corrnfoot delivered a 2-run single later in the inning to make it 12-2 and then Delgado scored the 13th run on a wild pitch.
The Wildcats pounded out 13 hits in the game with Brady Atkins, Delgado, Cornfoot, Blaine Ouber, and Corbell all with two hits each in the game. Delgado, Cornfoot, and Corbell each had two RBI's as well. Clayton Noakes got the start and pitched 3.0 innings, allowing one earned run on three hits with two strikeouts. Hunter Eyre got the win in the game after throwing 3.0 innings giving up one unearned run on two hits with three strikeouts.
The Wildcats found themselves trailing Dakota State after the top of the first thanks to back-to-back doubles plated their first run of the game. Thanks to inaccurate pitching by the Trojan starter, who walked the first four batters of the game and hit the fifth with a pitch, the Wildcats had two runs on the board and the bases loaded, poised for a big inning. A pitching change, a wild pitch, then an error allowed two more runs across before LC ever earned a hit. Steven Pizano shot one through to right for LC's first hit, adding another run to the total. Sully Martin delivered a shot to center field for a 2-run double, making it 8-1, then came in to score on a throw to second trying to get the stealing Deauton Delgado. By the end of the first inning, the Wildcats had sent 15 batters to the plate and scored nine runs on just two hits.
The lead grew to 14-1 by the end of the second inning, after a two-out rally started by a double by Steven Pizano. His hit was the first of five straight hits by the Wildcats that included two RBI singles from Zane Corbell and Sully Martin. An error in centerfield on a fly ball allowed two runs to score on what would have been the final out of the inning. LC's final few runs came in the latter innings on an RBI single by Clayton Noakes, and a ground ball to short by Peyton Bogan that he beat out to break up the potential double play. A Dustin Brown single in the sixth brought in the 17th and final run of the game in the Wildcats easy and big win in game two.
Sully Martin finished the game 2-for-3 with three RBI and three runs scored. Steven Pizano was 3-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored, and 10 other Wildcats added hits in the game. Martin, Delgado, Christian Vandergrif, and Pizano all had doubles in the game as well.
The Wildcats used seven different pitchers in the game, with Kevin Mahl, Jr getting the start, going 2.0 innings giving up three runs on four hits, with two strikeouts. Caleb Nunez got his second win of the season, pitching 1.0 inning striking out two of the three batters he faced.
LC will travel to Belton, Texas for their next ASC series against Mary Hardin-Baylor. The series is scheduled for a doubleheader Friday evening beginning at 4pm, and a single game starting at 1pm on Saturday.