SHREVEPORT, LA – The no. 11 LSU Shreveport Pilots baseball team won the first 2 games against the visiting Jarvis Christian College Bulldogs in RRAC action on Saturday afternoon. The Pilots defeated the Bulldogs 1-0 in game one and then 3-2 in game two. The Pilots improve to 39-9 and 19-4 in RRAC play, while the Bulldogs fall to 30-19 and 13-10 in league play.
FROM THE COACH
"I think the as a team we did enough to win both games, but we definitely didn't play our best baseball," said LSUS Coach Brent Lavallee "Jarvis is a tough team and they pitched us pretty tough. I thought that we pitched well all day. Hats off to our two starters Luisdiego Quintana (SO/Albuquerque, New Mexico) and Alex Naiser (SR/Cypress, Texas), and the two relievers, we used Brendan Owens (SR/Pearland, Texas) and Adrian Cook (SR/Victoria, Texas). Those guys kept us in the ball games long enough to do what we needed to do to win. Jordan Trahan (SR/Dayton, Texas) came up big in game one with a game winning homerun, and then Miguel Morgan (JR/Ellisville, Mississippi) with a Walk-Off 2 RBI double in game two. We had runners on all day long, but I'm not sure we had a 2 out hit all day. All in all we took care of our business and came out on top. "
Both teams struggled to get going offensively in this game. With neither team getting a hit in the first inning and the Pilots striking out 2 out of three batters.
In the second inning the Bulldogs went a quick 3 and out while the Pilots were able to get a run on the board when Jordan Trahan singled to shallow center. But that's all the Pilots could muster in this inning.
In the third inning the Bulldogs were able to get a hit, while the Pilots also got one when Payton Robertson (JR/Orange, Texas) singled to right center. The Pilots had a runner in scoring position but could not capitalize on the opportunity.
In the top of the fourth the Pilots defense was able to keep the Bulldogs from getting a hit. The Pilots however were able to get 2 hits this inning. Beaux Guilbeau (SR/Carthage, Texas) starting things off with a single to shallow left, and then Corey Bellot (FR/Lafayette, Louisiana) singled to short. Once again the Pilots were able to get a runner on third, but couldn't score a run.
In the top of the fifth the Bulldogs were able to get a hit and kept the Pilots from getting one themselves.
After getting a single to start the inning the Bulldogs went with 3 straight outs. In the bottom of the sixth Jordan Trahan finally got the Pilots on the board with a homerun on a 0-2 count. Giving the Pilots the 1-0 lead and the win.
Holding firm in the top of the seventh; the Pilots defense kept the Bulldogs off the board and held on for the 1-0 win.
ON THE MOUND
Alex Naiser started for the Pilots today. Going 6 innings giving up 3 hits and 0 earned runs on 91 pitches, and 22 at bats with three strikeouts.
Adrian Cook would finish the ball game giving up 1 hits and 0 earned runs , on 16 pitches and 4 at bats with 2 strikeouts.
Alex Naiser got the win with 6 scoreless innings.
Jordan Trahan (2-3) HR RBI R
Payton Robertson (1-3)
Austin McNicholas (SO/Austin, Texas) (1-3)
Beaux Guilbeau (1-3)
Corey Bellot (1-3)
In the top of the first inning the Bulldogs got on the board first after a double to deep left brought a runner home. The Pilots followed with 3 straight outs.
Both teams would go hitless and scoreless in the second and third innings. With both teams going 3 straight outs in each.
Another scoreless inning by both teams in the fourth. Jarvis Christian could not get a hit. Jordan Trahan's single was the only hit by the Pilots.
In the fifth Austin McNicholas would single to shallow left for the only hit of the inning by both teams.
The offenses still had yet to wake up with both going scoreless in the sixth. The Pilots were able to get a hit from Ricky Perez (JR/Richland, Texas) to start the inning, but could not do much more.
In the seventh inning the Bulldogs added to their lead to make it a 2-0 ballgame. The Pilots were able to get a runner in scoring position after a single from Beaux Guilbeau and a double from Corey Bellot but could not capitalize.
In the eighth inning the Pilots defense held the Bulldogs to only a hit while there offense finally got on the board when Payton Robertson scored. Cutting the bulldogs lead to 2-1.
The top of the ninth the Pilots once again held the Pilots to one run.
In the bottom of the ninth Austin McNicholas would single to shallow center. Then Corey Bellot singled to shallow right. Finally, Miguel Morgan would hit a walk off 2 RBI double to give the Pilots the 3-2 victory.
ON THE MOUND
Luisdiego Quintana started for the Pilots today. Going 7 innings giving up 2 hits and 1 earned runs on 99 pitches, and 24 at bats, with 8 strikeouts.
Brendan Owens would finish the ball game going 2 innings giving up two hits and no earned runs on 29 pitches and 7 at bats with 1 strikeouts.
Miguel Morgan (1-4) 2 RBIs
Jordan Trahan (1-4)
Beaux Guilbeau (1-4)
Austin McNicholas (2-4) R
Corey Bellot (2-4) R
Ricky Perez (1-3)
• vs. Jarvis Christian College Monday (Apr. 21st) at 6:00 p.m. CT
Story by Stevin Moses