No. 3 Huskies sweep No. 12 Pilots
April 20, 2005
No. 3 Huskies sweep No. 12 Pilots April 20, 2005 By Scott Ferrell
When the No. 3-ranked Houston Baptist Huskies came to town on Tuesday, LSU-Shreveport baseball coach Rocke Musgraves was looking forward to seeing how his 12th-ranked Pilots compared.
"This is a great ballclub and they deserve to be ranked where they are,'' Musgraves said. "Now the question is, where is our place in the world? That's what you find out. These are the games you live for.''
What the Pilots found out is that they are close -- but not quite there -- to Houston Baptist. The Huskies swept the doubleheader, winning the first game, 3-1, and the second game, 10-8. Houston Baptist is 36-5 and has won 17 consecutive games. LSUS drops to 35-12.
The Pilots had the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning in the first game and the winning run at the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning of the second game.
In the first game, Houston Baptist built a 3-0 lead with single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings off losing pitcher Tyler Lewis.
LSUS got its only run in the sixth when Dustin Bissonnette doubled and scored on Chris Frye's double. Frye was later thrown out trying to steal home. Musgraves was later ejected after arguing the call.
In the second game, Houston Baptist built a 6-0 lead with one run in the first, three in the second and two in the third.
LSUS made things interesting with a five-run third inning to cut the margin to 6-5. Houston Baptist scored twice more in the fourth and twice more in the sixth to take a 10-5 lead into the seventh.
Scott Talley, who was 2-for-4, had an RBI single to cut the deficit to 10-6. Pinch-hitter Patrick Thompson drove in a run with a ground out. And Dusty Maddox had an RBI single to cut the margin to 10-8 and bring the winning run to the plate.
The Pilots were unable to complete the comeback. Starter Luis Roberts was the losing pitcher.
"There was absolutely no quit in that club,'' Musgraves said. "As disappointed as I was in the first game, I was proud in the second game. They throw two pitchers that are draft guys and that guy who threw the second game is flat out nasty. Our guys battled.''