Pilots crush LSUA in double header sweep
March 06, 2012
SHREVEPORT, La. - The no. 6 LSU Shreveport Pilots dominated Tuesday's double header taking both games of the double header over the Generals of LSU Alexandria with a 13-3 win in game one and 16-5 win in the second game. The Pilots scored in every inning of the double header as they pounded General pitching for a total of 28 hits.
The Pilots used a solid pitching performance from Jonathan Burnett to cruise to a 13-1 win over the LSU Alexandria Generals. The Pilots' offense came to life hitting four homeruns in the game.
LSUS got the scoring started with six runs in the first inning as Ridge Gonsoulin hit the game's first homer, a two-run shot over the centerfield wall, for a 2-0 lead that would soon increase as Kyle Pearson and Greg Friesen pounded back-to-back doubles and later the Pilots tacked on a few more thanks to some wild pitches and passed balls to lead 6-0 after one.
Pearson added a two-run homer in the second inning and Chance Nerren drove in a run in the third with a single to right to extend the lead to 9-0 after three complete innings of play. David Perkins came off the bench to drive in two runs; one in the fourth with a sac fly and the other a solo-homer to left field in the sixth.
Friesen launched a two-run home run in the sixth as the LSUA staff was no match for the LSUS lineup.
Burnett (2-0) tossed six strong innings allowing only one run which came in the third inning. The Generals scattered only four hits off Burnett as he struck out seven in a walk free performance. Jacob Byrd finished the game for the Pilots allowing one hit and striking out one in a scoreless seventh.
Josh Palmer (0-2) suffered the loss as the Pilot lit him up for eight earned runs on five hits in an inning and a third of work. LSUS tagged the LSUA reliever for five earned runs on eight hits in four and two thirds.
The Pilots had three hitters with multi-hits as Pearson was two for four with two RBIs and Friesen drove in three after a two for four game at the plate. Kym Barthel was two for four.
The second game of the double header was nip and tuck for most of the way until the Pilots broke through with a six-run fifth and sixth innings after scoring single runs in the first four innings.
LSUA (5-11) scored two runs in the second inning as Derek Goyne and Troy LaBorde connected with singles that each drove in runs to give the Generals a 2-1 lead after Devin Greco gave the Pilots the lead an inning ago with a sac fly.
Stephen Hobbins brought in a run for the Pilots with a sac fly in the second inning to tie the game at 2 until they took the lead on a RBI-double by Kyle Pearson in the third inning. The Generals tied the game in the fourth with a sac fly from Goyne to knot the game up at three.
The Pilots regained the lead again in the fourth inning as Ridge Gonsoulin drove in Hobbins to give the Pilots a 4-3 advantage. The fifth inning is where the Pilots separated themselves from LSUA with six runs on five hits. The haymaker came on a three-run blast by Friesen to bust the game wide open.
LSUS (17-2) feasted for six more runs in their next at bat with David Dorton driving in two runs with a single to center to highlight the inning.
The Pilots had five batters with multi-hits in the contest and four with multi-RBIs.
Jeremy Breaux picked up his first win of the season on his first outing of his LSUS career tossing two innings allowing just one hit and one earned run. The Pilots used a total of six pitchers to give the staff some rest heading into the weekend series with Texas College.
Friday's single nine-inning game will begin at 6:00 with the series concluding on Saturday at 1:00 with a double header.