DAY 3 Recap of RRAC Tournament
April 30, 2012
SHREVEPORT, La. - The LSU Shreveport Pilots eased their way into Tuesday's Championship Game with an 11-4 win over Texas at Brownsville while the Bacone Warriors won two games to advance to the Tuesday against the Pilots as they defeated Texas College 11-4 and then bounced the Scorpions 4-2.
Pilots advance to RRAC Tourney Finals
SHREVEPORT, La. -- Top-ranked LSU Shreveport Pilots knocked off the Texas at Brownsville Scorpions, 11-5, at Pilot Field to advance to the Red River Athletic Conference Tournament championship game.
The Pilots (47-4), who have won 12 straight and 28 of their last 29, will play Bacone College, at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday for the RRAC Tournament Championship. The Pilots need just one win on Tuesday to claim the hardware while the Bacone Warriors will need to beat the nation's to squad twice.
LSUS and Bacone being the top two teams in this year's tournament qualify for the NAIA National Championship Opening Round May 10-14.
LSUS jumped out to leads of 5-0 and 9-3 after four innings and were never headed. Eight of the first nine Pilot runs scored on three homers -- two by RRAC Player of the Year Kyle Pearson and one by Greg Friesen. Pearson was 4-for-4 with seven RBI, and scored four runs. Friesen was 2-for-4 and drove in the other four Pilot runs.
Each team had 10 hits, with the Pilots leaving seven men on base and the Scorpions 10.
Logan Norris (7-1) went the first six innings for LSU-S. He was relieved by Jason Mouton, Ben Suit and Jake Kight, who pitched one inning each.
Bacone stays alive defeating Texas College
SHREVEPORT, La. - The Bacone College Warriors pounded 15 hits and scored in all but three innings in a route of Texas College 11-4 to advance to the semi-final game.
Texas College trailed 3-1 going into the bottom of the third inning and they rallied for three runs to take a one-run lead but it would be short lived as the Warriors roughed up the Steers' starter Aldo Montoya for eight runs, seven earned, on 11 hits in six innings of work.
The big blow was delivered by Antonio Horn in the top sixth inning with a triple that cleared the bases giving the Warriors an 8-4 lead. Micky Bullard (3) was magnificent in relief as he earned the save for the Warriors tossing four scoreless innings of relief work. Eric Aguillard (5-2) earned the win for Bacone with five innings of work allowing five hits and four runs as he left the game with an 8-4 lead.
The Warriors had six hitters with a multi-hit performance as Enrique Meza, Anthony Seabolt, Steven Smith, Kyle Pietryga, and Casey Gillespie all had two hits while Lester Gonzalez had three hits.
Bacone advances to Championship Day
SHREVEPORT, La. - The Bacone College Warriors did what most team struggle to do when they lose their first game a tournament, win their way through the losers bracket to the Championship Game. The Warriors accomplished that feat with a 4-2 win over the Texas at Brownsville Scorpions on Monday night at Pilot Field.
There were no big blasts that drove in multi runs in the night cap but it was a solid defensive game when the times called for it despite the Warriors making four defensive blunders. UTB got on the board first in the third inning with a RBI-single from Peter Maldonado to put the Scorpions on top.
The Warriors tied the game with a run in the fourth and took the lead with a run in the fifth but the Scorpions tied the game with a run in the bottom half for a 2-2 game after five.
Bacone took the lead for good with a pair of runs in the sixth inning on a single from Casey Gillespie and then a sac fly from pinch-hitter Gabriel Munoz for the 4-2 lead.
Adam Huizar (3-2) picked up the win after five and 2/3 allowing two unearned runs and Cody McBride earned the save with three and 1/3 scoreless innings of relief work.