Pilots split double-header with Central Arkansas
March 29, 2005
SHREVEPORT, LA. – In a non-conference double-header match-up, the LSUS Pilots battled the University of Central Arkansas Bears on Tuesday. After winning in dramatic, extra inning style in game one, the Pilots fell hard in game two to the visiting Bears.
LSUS catcher Scott Talley came up big in game one by hitting a walk-off home run in the extra inning to win the game for the Pilots, 5-4. While trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh of the first game, Riley Cook led off the inning with a double. He then scored on Chris Frye’s single to center field. That tied the game and put it into extra innings.
Pitching for the Pilots was freshman James Thomas, and he shut the Bears down as they were unable to score in the seventh and eighth innings. Mark Bignell (1-0) came in to get the final out in the eighth and is credited with the win. With two outs in the bottom end of the eighth, right fielder Colin Moro hit for a single and promptly stole second and third base. Talley drew the count to 3-2 and connected on a fastball offering from Jeremy Mason for a two-run walk-off homer to end the game.
Cook finished 2-3 with a single and a double; Dustin Bissonnette went 2-3 with two singles; Frye scored twice, went 2-3 with one RBI; Brandon Magierowski had two hits with two RBI’s; and Moro finished 2-4 with three stolen bases.
In the evening’s second game, the Pilots seemed to go a bit flat as they were unable to produce much offense or consistent pitching.
Tyler Lewis started on the mound for LSUS and picked up the loss in game in the team’s 6-1 defeat. However, Lewis’ performance was less than disappointing as he gave up one earned run, struck out three and gave up only two hits in five complete innings.
Kevin Jewell came on in relief in the sixth and allowed two runs in one and two-thirds innings. Bignell then came in for Jewell and faced three batters, including the last Bear batter of the night and permitted no runs, on one walk and one hit.
The lone run for LSUS came off Riley Cook’s sacrifice ground-out to score Dusty Maddox, who was pinch running for catcher Brent Lavallee after he walked. Maddox landed on second base due to a wild pitch and then stole third.
Coming up big for UCA was pitcher Robby Daniel as he picked up the win after completing 4.1 innings allowing only two hits and one earned run while striking out four. Reliever Jack Goodwin held the Pilots scoreless through in the sixth and seventh innings to preserve the win and improve the Bears record to 20-12 on the year. Offensively for the Bears, Cody Graddy went 2-3 with two RBI’s; Jonathan Ashworth finished 1-3 with a two-run blast to left-center field in the sixth inning; and Mitch Cameron had three singles in four at-bats.
The Pilots (24-9) will now look forward to beginning the second half of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference schedule this Friday when they will travel to Jackson, MS to take on the Belhaven College Blazers in a three game series. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00pm Friday afternoon.
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