PINEVILLE, LA - Louisiana College senior right-hander Seth Webster proved again why he is one of the nation's elite in game one of Saturday's doubleheader against East Texas Baptist.
The Buckeye High School product tossed yet another complete game shutout, going all seven innings, giving up just three hits and striking out seven without walking a Tiger hitter while throwing just 81 pitches in a 4-0 LC victory.
It was Webster's seventh consecutive complete game, third consecutive shutout, and fourth shutout for the season. All of those totals currently rank first in Division III baseball.
The Wildcats scored all four of their runs in the third inning off of ETBU starter T.J. Barnes, as Matt Scott was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to make it 1-0 before Kyle Feazell cleared the bases with a three-run double down the right field line.
That was all the help Webster would need, as he carried a one-hitter into the final frame before giving up two harmless singles in the seventh, which he would eventually leave on base as Jon Burkhart grounded out to Taylor Beavers at third to end the game.
With the momentum on their side, the Wildcats used another tremendous pitching performance in game two of the doubleheader, this one from sophomore Josh Lang, to take the series with a 6-2 win.
Lang would also go the distance, as he threw a complete game, scattered 11 hits, struck out six, did not walk a batter, and gave up just one earned run to move his season record to 4-3 and put the Wildcats alone in second place in the ASC East behind Texas-Tyler.
The Tigers grabbed an early 2-0 lead in the second inning on an RBI groundout from Lance Anding and an RBI single Jon Burkhart. Burkhart's single came after Tigers' catcher Josh Sanders reached first on a dropped third strike that would have ended the inning.
LC again had the answer, however, as the Wildcats put four runs on the board in their half of the fourth inning to gain the lead 4-2. Feazell, Jake Hillman, and Colt Ducote all drove in runs in the frame.
The Wildcats added insurance runs in the fifth and eighth innings, as Hillman was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to make it 5-2 in the fifth. LC's leading hitter, sophomore left fielder Mark Riendeau, drove home Cole Bagbey on an RBI groundout in the eighth to give Lang a 6-2 cushion heading into the bottom of the ninth.
The side-arm slinging right hander from Shreveport, LA would get all three batters he faced in the ninth to fly out to Bagbey in centerfield to give LC the win.
The doubleheader sweep brought LC's overall record to 17-14 on the year and 8-4 in ASC play, which puts them one game behind Texas-Tyler (24-7, 9-3) in the ASC East Division standings. The Wildcats will face Jarvis Christian at home on Tuesday, April 9th in a non-ASC matchup before heading to Clarksville, AR for a huge conference weekend series against the Ozarks.