Carey Sweeps No. 5 LSUS in Saturday's Doubleheader
April 04, 2009
Hattiesburg, Miss. - The William Carey Crusaders completed their three-game sweep over No. 5 LSUS with two wins in Saturday's doubleheader, winning game one 8-4 and game two 7-3.
Game One - William Carey 8, LSUS 4
Steven Moore was 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs and Daniel Hall picked up his fourth win of the season on the mound, as the William Carey Crusaders knocked off the No. 5 LSUS Pilots 8-4 in game one of Saturday's doubleheader.
For the second straight contest, LSUS loaded the bases in the top of the first and jumped out to an early 1-0 lead over the Crusaders; however, the Pilots once again failed to capitalize on a huge opportunity to blow the game open early, as Hall struck out the final two batters to end the Pilot threat.
William Carey responded with three runs of their own in the bottom of the first and would never trail again in the contest.
Carey busted the game open in the third, scoring five runs on four hits while sending ten batters to the plate in the inning. The Crusaders were also aided by two LSUS errors that extended the inning and allowed them to score four two-out runs.
Freshman Kyle Pearson hit the first homerun of his LSUS career, launching a two-run homer over the left field wall in the fourth. However, the Pilots only managed five hits on the afternoon and dropped their fifth straight game on the season.
Pitcher John James (10-1) suffered his first loss of the season for the Pilots, allowing eight runs (four unearned) and six hits over 2.2 innings.
Quinton Shamsabady led the Pilots at the plate, going 2-for-2 with an RBI in the loss.
Game Two - William Carey 7, LSUS 3
Zachary Magee improved to 5-2 on the mound and Jason Terrell had three hits and four RBIs as the William Carey Crusaders defeated LSUS 7-3 to complete the series sweep over the No. 5 Pilots.
Carey scored two runs in the top of the first on back-to-back singles by Shannon Steed and Terrell, and the Crusaders never looked back as they cruised to another victory over the nationally ranked Pilots.
Magee threw eight innings on the mound for the home team, giving up just four hits and two runs in the contest.
Jordan Prout went 3-for-3 for the Crusaders and Heath Connor added two hits as Carey pounded out 12 hits in the second game of the doubleheader.
Andrew Blubaugh was the only Pilot to register multiple hits in game two, finishing 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Turner Brasher was dealt the loss on the mound for LSUS, as the Pilots lost their sixth straight game on the season.
With the sweep, William Carey took a 1/2 game lead over the Pilots in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference standings.
LSUS will return to action on Tuesday afternoon when they take on Houston Victoria in a doubleheader at Pilot Field.
*Pearson's homerun in game one was the first of his career and it was the 66th on the season for the Pilots, setting a new LSUS single-season record for team home runs.