ALEXANRIA, La. (LSUA) - The LSUA baseball team kept the momentum of Friday night’s five home run affair going into Saturday’s series finale against Texas College, getting four more round-trippers to close out the series sweep of the Steers, 13-7, Saturday afternoon at Generals Field.
It didn’t take long for the long ball to rear its head again. After Ty Desormeaux reached by getting hit by a pitch, Kris Tamplet hit his first dinger of the day on the first pitch he saw to put LSUA up 2-0, and he wasted no time getting himself a two homer day. In his next at bat, which came with one out and no one on in the top of the third inning, Tamplet deposited the second pitch he saw on the day over the right field wall as well for a solo shot that gave the Generals a 3-0 lead.
But in the bottom of the third, the weather started becoming a factor as the rains came with LSUA in the field. With a run in, runners on second and third and one out, a rain delay was called, lasting all of 54 minutes. When the rain delay ended, LSUA’s fortunes did not. A two-RBI triple on the first pitch following the delay tied the game at 3-3, and then the Steers took the lead on a RBI groundout that made it 4-3 Texas College.
A two out rally in the fourth helped LSUA take the lead for good, and again it involved a long ball. With two outs, Ben Bayless was hit by a pitch to start the rally. Seth Patin, pinch running for Bayless, stole second and then came home on Eric Thomas’ double to right. With Thomas at third following an error, Ronnie McBride joined the hack attack as he belted a shot out to left for a two-run homer that gave the Generals a 6-4 lead. Texas College put some pressure back on the Generals in the bottom of the frame, using a stolen base and an error to get a run back and pull the score back to within a single run at 6-5.
LSUA really blew the game open in the fifth inning, putting up four more runs. With the bases loaded and no outs, Zach Hebert skied the ball into the left field foul ground, getting it deep enough to let Zack Larson tag and score to make it 7-5 Generals. With the bases loaded again and now two outs, three separate passed balls allowed Logan Constantine, Matt Muhleisen, and Eric Thomas to all score for a 10-5 LSUA lead. Texas College cut into that lead with a two-run home run of their own in the bottom of the fifth to get back to within 10-7, but that’s as close as the Steers would get the rest of the way.
The Generals got some insurance in the eighth inning as a ground ball to short by Matt Muhleisen allowed Ty Desormeaux to come in from third base and make it 11-7. With the bases loaded, Ben Bayless was hit by a pitch to get a RBI the painful way as Kris Tamplet was forced home for a 12-7 LSUA lead. The Generals added one more insurance run in the ninth as Ronnie McBride found the wall with a hit and was on his horse, galloping all the way around the bases for his second home run of the day to lead off the frame, the ninth LSUA home run of the weekend, and second inside the park home run of the series, for the game’s final run.
“That was a good weekend for us,” said LSUA head coach Steven Adams, Jr. “Our starters gave us a chance like every weekend, but our offense was on point. We took advantage of the wind blowing out and got the ball up in the air a bit and it ended up with us getting big hit after big hit. We had a good approach against a team we didn’t think could overpower us from the mound. A couple of guys who were struggling got going, and we got to run a lot, turned a lot of simple plays into extra bases for us. It’s always tough to pull a sweep, but the guys came through and finish the job. I’m really proud of the effort from the guys this weekend and I like the direction we’re currently heading.”
Kale Parks (1-2) came on in relief in the sixth inning and picked up the win. Parks threw three full innings and gave up just two hits and no runs with no walks or strikeouts. Gavin Sonnier started and went four innings, giving up two hits and five runs, four earned, with two walks and nine strikeouts. Haden Terry threw an inning-plus and gave up three hits with two runs, both earned, and no walks or strikeouts. Sam Poliquin finished off the last inning by giving up just a walk, getting in on a double play to allow only the minimum to come to the plate in the ninth to close out the win.
Kris Tamplet led the LSUA offense with four hits in six at bats in the contest, two of his hits being his two home runs. Tamplet finished the game with three RBI and three runs scored. Ronnie McBride was two of six at the plate, both of his hits being home runs as well, collecting three RBI and two runs scored. Logan Constantine was two of four with a run scored. Matt Muhleisen, Zach Hebert, Ben Bayless, and Eric Thomas all collected a RBI in the game.
The Generals (20-12, 9-6 RRAC) face a tough home midweek challenge on Tuesday afternoon as LSUA welcomes in #25 Mobile for a twin bill. First pitch between the Generals and Rams (20-14, 8-7 SSAC) is set for 2:00 P.M. at Generals Field.