Baseball Eliminated from NAIA Tournament
May 15, 2009
Oklahoma City, Okla. – The LSUS baseball season ended at the hands of the Texas Wesleyan Rams on Thursday afternoon, as the No. 5 seed advanced to championship game of the NAIA Baseball Opening-Round Tournament with an 11-5 victory over the No. 2 seeded Pilots.
Texas Wesleyan scored eight runs over the first three innings before the Pilots finally got on the board with a single run in the fourth. The Rams big inning came in the top of the third when they plated five runs and knocked LSUS starter Scott Petroski out of the game, forcing the Pilots to go to their depleted bullpen early in the contest.
The Pilots put two runs on the board in the bottom of the fifth on a Chase Wentz home run to cut the Rams lead down to 8-3, but they were unable to get any closer as the Rams added two more in the top of the sixth to push the game further out of reach.
Brent Lavallee, a senior from North Delta, B.C., had two hits to lead the Pilots in his final collegiate game. Lavallee was the only Pilot to register multiple hits in the contest as LSUS managed just seven hits in the game, while Texas Wesleyan pounded out 13 hits.
Kyle Harmon had a 3-for-4 afternoon at the plate for the Rams, including a home run and three RBIs.
With the loss, LSUS finishes their season with a 42-16 overall record.