No. 15 Pilots Pick Up Second Straight Series Sweep
January 31, 2009
SHREVEPORT, La. – No. 15 LSUS picked up their second straight series sweep, defeating LSU-Alexandria 13-1 and 19-2 in Saturday’s double header at Pilot Field.
Game 1 – LSUS 13, LSUA 1
The Pilots picked up another easy victory in the early going of the 2009 season, run-ruling the Generals 13-1 in just five innings.
LSUA opened up the scoring in the top of the first on a solo home run by Jordan Marks, but LSUS answered with eight runs of their own courtesy of three walks, two hit batsmen, an error, two sacrifice flies and a three-run homer by Brandon Bravata.
The Pilots increased their lead to 9-1 in the second on a solo blast by Brent Lavallee, his sixth of the season.
LSUS added a single run in the bottom of the third on an RBI single by Andrew Brouillette and three more in the fifth on a three-run shot by David Bradley.
Bravata finished the game 3-for-3 with 3 RBIs, while Bradley drove in four and Lavallee two.
John James (2-0) was the winning pitcher for the Pilots, allowing just one run on three hits, while striking out five Generals on the afternoon.
Game 2 – LSUS 19, LSUA 2
For the second straight game, LSUA scored a single run in the top of the first to take an early lead, but the Pilots answered Brent Lavallee picked up right where he left off in game one, launching his seventh homerun of the season and second on the day, a two-run shot over the left-field wall, to put the Pilots in front 2-1.
After a scoreless second inning, LSUS tacked on one run in the third and put the game away in the bottom of the fourth with six more courtesy of a successful suicide squeeze by Quinton Shamsabady, a wild pitch, a hit-by-pitch, a walk and a two-run single by Lavallee, giving LSUS a commanding 9-2 lead.
Andrew Blubaugh continued the Pilot onslaught with a bases-clearing three-run double in the fifth and Lavallee nearly hit his second homerun of the game in, but the ball landed at the bottom of the outfield wall and wedged in between the wall and the grass for a ground-rule double, scoring Blubaugh from second. Following a wild pitch that advanced Lavallee to third, Jeffrey Garidel singled into center to score Lavallee.
With the Pilots holding a 14-2 advantage, David Bradley homered for the second time on the afternoon, driving in Garidel for the sixth and seventh runs of the inning. LSUS added one more run in the fifth via error.
LSUS capped off the scoring in game two with two more runs in the sixth off the bat of Shamsabady. Shamsabady doubled down the third base line, scoring Andrew Brouillette and Bubba Jordan.
Shamsabady finished game two a perfect 3-for-3 from the plate with 3 RBIs. Lavallee drove in a team-hive five runs, while Bradley was the only other Pilot to register multiple hits with two.
Turner Brasher (1-0) earned his first win of the season in his Pilot debut, giving up just 2 runs on three hits. Gino Spratley, Richard Pharr and J.V. Laffitte each combined to pitch 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief for the Pilots.
LSUS (6-0, 3-0) will return to the field on Wednesday when they face NCAA Division 2 opponent Southern Arkansas University.