Lackie pitches Pilots past no. 7 Cumberland
February 10, 2012JACKSON, Miss. - Matt Lackie picked up his second win of the season as the no. 6 LSU Shreveport Pilots blanked the no. 7 Cumberland Bulldogs 9-0 in the Belhaven Invitational at Smith-Wills Stadium on Friday afternoon.
LSUS (5-0) remains perfect on the season but left a lot to be desired on Friday stranding a total of 16 base runners throughout the contest while Cumberland stranded 11 as the teams left the bases loaded a combined six times; four by LSUS and twice by Cumberland.
Lackie (2-0) tossed six solid innings as he allowed just four hits walking two and striking out six. The LSUS bullpen did not disappoint as they continued their scoreless streak and have not been scored on yet this season tossing 12 innings and only allowing three hits to this point in the season. Today the pen tossed the final three innings as Drew Middleton, Cam Ellis, and Jake Kight combined with Lackie to shutout the number seventh team in the nation.
The Pilots offense had 12 hits and did not have an extra base hit as the hitters were patient at the plate drawing 10 walks from Cumberland pitching. LSUS added five runs in their final two at-bats to pull away from the Bulldogs.
Ridge Gonsoulin made some nice defensive plays and did his part at the plate as well leading the Pilots with a four of six performance scoring three runs and driving in one. Kade Billeaudeaux was three for four with a pair of runs driven in. Stephen Hobbins and Reed Lavallee each had two hits apiece as Hobbins finished two for five with two RBIs while Lavallee was a perfect two for two with a pair of singles and two walks.
Cumberland (2-3) managed just six hits as Nick Sydnor was the only player with multi-hits finishing three for four. Chipper Smith (0-2) suffered the loss after allowing three earned runs, four total, in four innings pitched as he walked two and struck out six. The Bulldogs' bullpen allowed five runs on eight hits the rest of the way.
The next game for the no. 6 Pilots will be tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. at Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson against the host team of the Belhaven Invitational, the no. 15 Belhaven Blazers.