Pilots split double-header with Rams
April 28, 2007
Shreveport, LA---Daniel Welch (7-1) held the University of Mobile Rams (25-30, 15-15) to just one run through six innings as the LSUS Pilots (36-13, 21-9) went on to a 6-1 victory in game one Saturday afternoon. In game two the Rams offense finally broke out in a big way after scoring just one run in the weekends first two games. The Rams scored three runs in the top of the 1st inning and never looked back as they went on to avoid the series sweep with a 7-1 victory.
The Pilots broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the 5th after David Bradley belted his first collegiate homerun deep over the right field fence of Rams starter Kyle McPherson. The Pilots followed with three more runs to stretch their lead to 5-1, and added a solo run in the 6th for a 6-1 victory.
McPherson (1-6) suffered the loss after allowing five runs on seven hits while issuing three walks and striking out four. Carlos Romero hit a solo-homerun in the 5th inning and John Wood added two hits to lead the Rams offense.
Welch completed 6.0 innings of work and lowered his season ERA to 2.98 with the victory. He scattered five hits and one walk while striking out two. Scott Talley and Quenton Shamsabady each collected two hits while Bradley finished 1-for-2 with two runs scored.
In game two Brett Barber belted a two RBI triple down the right field line in the top of the 1st inning of Pilots starter Cory Keener (0-1) giving the Rams an early 2-0 lead. Barber later scored on a Joey Mooney fielder’s choice extending the lead to 3-0.
Three runs would be all Rams starter Jesse Luker (6-6) would need on this day as he held the Pilots to just two hits over 7.0 innings. The Pilots added their lone run in the bottom of the 8th off Rams reliever Justin Bracewell in the 7-1 defeat.
Romero led the Rams with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate which included his second homerun of the series. Barber finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBI.
Pilots senior Chris Frye collected two of the Pilots five hits and drove in the lone LSUS run with a single in the 8th. David McGhee finished 1-for-3 with a run scored.
Saturday’s contests concluded the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference regular season which sets the stage for the GCAC Tournament which begins next Wednesday in Mobile, AL. The Pilots have earned the No. 2 seed in the tournament and are scheduled to play Loyola University Wednesday afternoon at 12:00pm.