ALEXANDRIA, La (LSUA) - The LSUA baseball team put up nine runs in the second inning to blow the game wide open and cruised to the series sweep over the Midland Warriors with a 17-1 run-rule win in seven innings Monday morning at Generals Field.
On a foggy morning out at the diamond, it was the Generals who broke through first in the bottom of the first inning as Logan Constantine rolled the ball to shortstop, behind Eric Thomas who scored from third to give LSUA a 1-0 lead after one.
But, after stranding a runner at third in the top half of the frame, the bats really came to life in the bottom of the frame to take pretty much all of the doubt out of the game’s final result. Matt Muhleisen got the scoring started as his single up the middle brought Adrian Gomez home from second base. Muhleisen eventually came home himself as Ty Desormeaux laid down a perfect bunt that left no play to be made for a 3-0 Generals lead. After the Generals loaded the bases, Seth Patin drew ball four to force home Zach Hebert for a 4-0 LSUA lead, and then a wild pitch allowed Ty Desormeaux to score from third to make it 5-0. Logan Constantine then dropped a base hit in left-center field that scored Eric Thomas, and then Adrian Gomez added two more runs to the scoreboard as he put the ball down the left field line that plated Patin and Kris Tamplet for an 8-0 lead. Muhleisen got his second RBI of the inning with a single to left that scored Constantine. Josh Youngblood finished out the scoring in the inning as his single through the left side of the infield scored Gomez to make the score 10-0 LSUA through just two innings of play.
Now in position for the run-rule, the Generals got some insurance to keep it in play in the bottom of the fourth as LSUA loaded the bases for Josh Youngblood, who cleared the bases with a drive to the wall in the left-center gap for a triple and a 13-0 lead. Youngblood’s pinch runner, Zach Hebert, would come around to score as well on a wild pitch to make it 14-0 LSUA.
The Warriors breached the scoreboard in the top of the sixth as the Midland batters hit back-to-back-to-back singles to start the inning for a 14-1 LSUA lead. But any hopes to keep the game from ending early were dashed in the bottom half of the sixth as the Generals tacked on three more runs. Zach Hebert, now in the batting order, drew a bases loaded walk to force in Youngblood. The game’s final two runs came off the bat of Kameron Broussard, who snuck it through the left side of the infield to plate both Eric Thomas and Seth Patin for the 17-1 final.
“We finished this series in a good way,” said LSUA head coach Steven Adams, Jr. “We played small ball, put pressure on the bases and got some timely hits. Midland is a young team playing their fifth game of the weekend and it showed. They fought to the end and never gave up. But our starting pitching this weekend was very good with Doyle having a quality start, just like Josh Gray and Gavin Sonnier did yesterday. We were able to get some young guys in and they showed they’re mature enough to fight for a spot in the regular rotation. Overall, I’m proud of the way we played today, not allowing them back in the game when we got up.”
Josh Youngblood was three of four at the plate with four RBI and a run scored to lead LSUA at the plate. Matt Muhleisen was a perfect three of three with two RBI and two runs scored. Adrian Gomez and Ty Desormeaux each went two of three with Gomez accumulating two RBI and three runs scored while Desormeaux had one RBI and one run scored. Logan Constantine and Kameron Broussard each had two RBI as well.
Clayton Doyle (1-1) pitched the first five innings and didn’t allow any runs in while giving up just three hits to collect his first win of the season. He also struck out five and walked two. Brice Guidry and Donald Robbins each threw an inning of relief to close out the win. Guidry gave up three hits and an earned run while also striking out two. Robbins gave up just one hit but got the other three batters he faced out.
The Generals (3-3) have a quick turnaround from the end of this series, preparing now for a midweek home doubleheader against William Carey. First pitch against the Crusaders (3-5) is set for 4:00 P.M. at Generals Field.