LSUS Pilots win first-ever NAIA tournament game
May 07, 2003
The LSUS Pilots, playing in their first-ever NAIA baseball tournament game, defeated North Georgia, 10-4. Senior pitcher Gene Stevens recorded his 11th win of the season as the Pilots improved their all-time school high season record to 43-20.
The Pilots return to the diamond in Hattiesburg, Miss., tomorrow (Thursday) at 6 p.m. against another Gulf Coast Athletic Conference squad, the University of Mobile, which also won its first-round game. Mobile will likely seek revenge against the Pilots, who traveled to Mobile the last weekend of the conference season (April 25-26) and swept a three-game series. That sweep cost the then-conference leading Rams the conference championship, moving them to third place behind LSUS, which finished a half-game behind conference champ William Carey College.
All-Conference shortstop Tyson Arishenkoff led Pilot hitters, going 3-4 with two doubles. Three other Pilots, including All-Conference utility infielder Wesley Gray (2-4), contributed two hits. Ben Wingerter was 2-5 with a double, and Ramsey Branch hit 2-4.
Tony Ferguson, a 6-4 sophomore, is scheduled to pitch tomorrow against Mobile. Ferguson is 8-5 in 19 appearances this season, with a 4.28 ERA.
Line Score LSUS.... 220 301 110 10 14 0 N. Ga.... 000 022 000 4 8 2 WP Stevens (11-5) LP Blackman. 2B Wingerter (2), Arishenkoff.