ALEXANDRIA, La. (LSUA) - The LSUA baseball team scored all ten of its runs through the first four innings and cruised through to the remainder of the contest, earning the series sweep of the Houston-Victoria Jaguars with a 10-4 win Friday afternoon at Generals Field.
For the third time in the series, Houston-Victoria loaded the bases with less than two outs in the top of the first inning, this time with no outs. But, just like game one on Thursday, the Generals got out of it with no Jaguar runs coming across as a strikeout and 6-4-3 double play killed the threat.
That was the onus for the Generals bats to get going as another LSUA rally with two outs put the Generals up for good in the game. With Ty Desormeaux standing on second base and two away, Logan Constantine drilled a double over the head of the UHV center fielder to trade places with Desormeaux and give LSUA a 1-0 lead. Matt Muhleisen followed with a single into right field, allowing Constantine to come around from second base for a 2-0 lead when the inning ended.
The Generals scratched another run across in the second inning. With runners on the corners and one out, Ty Desormeaux dropped in a base hit just to the fair side of the third base line for a double, scoring Eric Thomas from third. However, a potential big inning was halted by a ground ball and a strike out.
However, that the Generals didn’t allow that missed opportunity to stop their flow. With runners on second and third and one out, Thomas skied a ball out to right-center field deep enough to let Adrian Gomez tag up and score for a 4-0 LSUA lead. Ronnie McBride made the lead five runs as he belted a base hit back up the middle towards right-center, and legged out a double while Zach Hebert trotted in from third base to make it 5-0 Generals.
Houston-Victoria pulled one back in the fourth inning with a two-out, bases loaded walk that forced in a run, that Generals got that back and then some in the bottom half of the inning, blowing the game open with five runs in the frame.
With the bases loaded and one out, Ben Bayless got the scoring party started as he singles into the left-center gap, scoring Kris Tamplet from third to make it 6-1 LSUA. Zach Hebert then wore a pitch on his helmet to force home Logan Constantine. Eric Thomas ripped a base hit just past the glove of the diving second baseman and into right field and both Adrian Gomez and Set Patin scored to make it 9-1. Ty Desormeaux capped the scoring with a single into center field that allowed Zach Hebert to score from third base for the 10-1 LSUA lead.
From there the game cruised to its ultimate conclusion with the Jaguars getting a run in on a bases loaded hit batter in the seventh and then a two more in the ninth as another bases loaded walk and bases loaded hit batter brought in the two runs for the game’s final score.
“This was another good weekend for us,” said LSUA head coach Steven Adams, Jr. “We needed a sweep and we got it. Offensively, we played together, piecing together bunts, steals, and timely hits off of good plate discipline. Ty Desormeaux was really a big key to our offense this weekend. The guys are really starting to figure out what our identity is on offense. Our pitching staff also did a really good job this weekend. Clayton Doyle gave us a real quality start with seven strong innings. And that just played off this weekend as a whole, including the guys from yesterday, like Jacob Norman, who gave us a good outing in game two yesterday. We really took care of business and have to keep the momentum rolling.”
Clayton Doyle (9-2) started and picked up his second win on the week. He went seven full innings, allowing six hits and two runs, one earned, with six strikeouts and five walks. Doyle was also credited with the win in LSUA’s game two win over Loyola on Tuesday evening. Don Charles Arceneaux closed out the final two innings, giving up three hits and two runs, both earned, walked three and struck out one.
Ty Desormeaux led the LSUA offensive attack, going three of four at the plate with a walk, a double, two RBI and a run scored. Five different Generals each had two hits in the contest. Eric Thomas went two of three with three RBI and a run scored. Adrian Gomez was two of three with a walk and scored twice. Ronnie McBride was two of four with a walk, a double, and a RBI. Ben Bayless went two of five with a RBI and his courtesy runner, Seth Patin, scored once. Logan Constantine’s lone hit in the contest was a double, he also walked twice and had a RBI. Zach Hebert officially didn’t have a hit in three at bats, but he knocked in a run, stole a base, and scored twice.
The Generals (27-15, 14-7 RRAC) return to action on Tuesday in non-conference action on the road at Mobile. First pitch of the doubleheader against the Rams (23-18, 8-10 SSAC) is set for 4:00 P.M. at Jacobs Field.