CHICKASHA, Okla (LSUA - For the second straight day, the LSUA baseball team found itself down five runs in the second inning, and for the second straight day, the Generals rallied and shut down the Tigers late to preserve the win, 10-7 on Monday afternoon at the Bill Smith Ballpark.
Doane jumped out to the five run lead thanks to a two-RBI double in the first inning, and then a three-run home run in the second that gave the Tigers a 5-0 lead as the Generals came up to bat in the bottom half of the frame.
That’s where LSUA began the comeback as Josh Youngblood got the Generals on the board with a ground ball to short that allowed Logan Constantine to come across. Adam Cook then brought Adrian Gomez home from as Cook singled to right for a RBI and a 5-2 Tigers lead after two full innings. Kris Tamplet brought the Generals closer in the third inning as he dropped a single into left field that scored both Eric Thomas and Seth Patin to cut the deficit to 5-4 through three complete innings.
The Tigers stemmed LSUA’s momentum a bit in the fourth as a RBI single got Doane’s lead back up to two runs at 6-4. However, the Generals got the momentum back in the first swing of the bat in the bottom half of the inning as Youngblood smashed his first home run of the season over the left field wall to lead off the bottom of the frame and make it a one-run game again at 6-5.
With the game within reach, the Generals started getting aggressive on the base paths, which forced Doane into mistakes that allowed the Generals to claim the lead. With Bryson Broussard on third and Logan Constantine on first and two outs, Constantine took off for second base which induced the throw down. But the throw went into the outfield, allowing both Broussard and Constantine to come all the way around and give the Generals a 7-6 lead.
LSUA got some key insurance runs in the sixth inning as Ty Desormeaux came up with runners on first and second, and in one swing of the bat made it a four run lead for the Generals as he deposited his first home run of the season over the left field wall and a 10-6 LSUA lead.
With starting pitcher Clayton Doyle’s day done to start the final inning, the bullpen struggled to start the top of the seventh, giving up two walks and a RBI double. Closer Sam Poliquin was then summoned with a 2-0 count and runners on the corners. He would walk the inherited batter to load the bases, but then shut down the Tigers from there, inducing a ground ball that allowed the Generals to get the force out at the plate for the first out of the inning, and then a hard chopper to third base resulted in a 5-3 double play to get out of the jam and preserve the win.
Seth Patin, Logan Constantine, and Ty Desormeaux each had two hits in the contest. Desormeaux’s home run accounted for all three of his RBI and his one run scored. Constantine came around twice to score. Josh Youndblood had two RBI, one of which came on his solo home run, which also accounted for his lone run scored.
Clayton Doyle (3-1) went six innings to pick up the win, giving up eight hits and six runs, all earned, walked three and struck out ten. Sam Poliquin had the bases loaded with no outs and a run already in and worked the full inning to collect his fourth save of the season without allowing anymore runs to cross.
The Generals (9-4) were forced to postpone Tuesday’s originally scheduled doubleheader against Mobile due to field conditions following excessive rains in Alexandria this past weekend. LSUA is next scheduled to take the field on Friday as Red River Athletic Conference play begins against Huston-Tillotson. First pitch for Friday’s single game against the Rams (3-8) is set for 6:30 P.M. at Generals Field.