Generals dominate Dakota State for pair of wins

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ALEXANDRIA, La. -- It was all clicking for the LSUA baseball team as the Generals scored early and often while the pitching and defense kept the Dakota State bats quiet as LSUA picked up a doubleheader sweep over the Trojans, 13-0 and 16-0 Thursday afternoon at Generals Field.

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LSUA struck quickly in game one with a clutch two-out hit as Brady Fryou stepped up with runners on second and third and two away and drove a pitch through the right side of the infield and into right field, driving in both Zach Hebert and Seth Patin to give the Generals a 2-0 lead.

The game started to open up in the second inning. Ty Desormeaux started the frame by laying down a bunt, which the Dakota State third baseman threw away, allowing Desormeaux to move all the way to third base. Tyler Hebert followed that by sending a ball into left deep enough to allow Desormeaux to come home and make it 3-0. Blake Garrett opened the game with another two-out hit as he ripped a pitch into left for a single that scored both Ronnie McBride and Zach Hebert for a 5-0 Generals lead through two innings.

Game one really got blown open in the fifth inning as the Generals doubled the lead in the frame. Thane Lanclos got the scoring started as he found the wall in the left center gap for a double that scored both Desormeaux and Tyler Hebert. Zach Hebert immediately followed that with a laser of a shot that cleared the left field wall for a two run home run, his first of the season, to make it 9-0. Ziggy Sloan got the last run in as his single to left scored pinch runner Kobe Baker for the 10-0 lead.

Even with the ten run lead, the Generals added some insurance in the bottom of the sixth inning. Ronnie McBride hit a ball down the third base line that the DSU third baseman was able to nab, but short hopped the throw to first which got away, allowing Taylor Faulk to come home from second and make it 11-0. McBride would eventually score on Bryce Laird’s RBI single to left that made it 12-0. Brady Fryou, who started the scoring with a two-RBI single in the first, capped the scoring with a RBI double just beyond the reach of the Trojan left fielder to plate Kobe Baker for the 13-0 win.

Clayton Doyle (2-0) went the distance for the Generals, throwing a complete game, two hit shutout. He struck out 11 batters, setting his new career high for most punch outs in a single game, while not walking any batters.

Zach Hebert, Logan Constantine, Brady Fryou, and Thane Lanclos each had two hits in the contest. Fryou finished with a team high three RBI, while Zach Hebert knocked in two and touched home three times himself. Lanclos and Blake Garrett also each had two RBI.

Game two started much like game one, with the Generals putting up a crooked number in the bottom of the first inning to get out in front of Dakota State quickly. Up as LSUA’s second batter of the inning, Seth Patin got the game’s first RBI as he punched a pitch through the left side of the infield to bring Zach Hebert home. With runners on second and third base, Brady Fryou hit behind them both to score Patin from third for a 2-0 lead. After drawing a walk, Kobe Baker would take off for second base, leading to an errant throw from the Trojan catcher, which allowed Ziggy Sloan to trot home from third and make it 3-0. Ty Desormeaux’s RBI single would bring Baker home for the inning’s fourth run. Tyler Hebert would make it five as he singled beyond the reach of the shortstop and third baseman, into left field to drive Desormeaux home for a 5-0 LSUA lead after an inning of play.

LSUA added a pair to the lead in the third inning. The first run came off the bat of Tyler Hebert as he sent a pitch into right field to score Baker. With two outs and the bases empty and facing a full count, Ben Bayless found a pitch to his liking and sent it far over the wall in left for a solo home run, his second homer of the year for a 7-0 lead as the inning came to an end. A RBI single in the fourth by Patin scored Zach Hebert and the score moved to 8-0.

Just like in game one, the Generals found one inning where they were able to double their score, and once again, it was in the fifth inning. Taylor Faulk opened the scoring with a RBI single that plated Drew Brown. A double steal drew a throw that sailed into center field, allowing Ben Bayless to come across for the second run. A Seth Patin single would bring in Faulk and an 11-0 LSUA lead. Matthew Fountain drew a bases loaded walk to force in Zach Hebert and a 12-0 lead. Kobe Baker grounded a ball deep in the hole for a fielder’s choice that allowed Patin to come home. Drew Brown ended the scoring in style, as he lifted a ball down the left field line and banged it off of the foul pole for a three run home run, his first dinger of the season, for the 16-0 score.

LSUA pitching held the Trojans (0-8) hitless for the first 6.1 innings of the seven-inning game. Mitchell Gardiner (1-0) came on in the second inning and threw 4.2 innings, striking out six batters and walking one. Brian Metoyer started and threw the first 1.1 innings, struck out one and walked three. Kane Bass finished off the final inning with one strikeout and no walks.

Seth Patin got hits in all four of his at bats in game two, knocking in three runs and scoring twice in the process. Drew Brown’s home run also brought in three runs, while Tyler Hebert’s two hits accounted for two RBI. Drew Brown and Ben Bayless also had two hits in the contest.

The Generals (5-13, 1-2 RRAC) welcome Jarvis Christian into town for a conference series. The three game series starts on Friday with a doubleheader. First pitch of game one against the Bulldogs (7-11, 1-2 RRAC) is set for 4:00 P.M. at Generals Field.

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