Pilots Split With Belhaven in Saturday's Doubleheader
February 09, 2008
Shreveport, La. - The LSUS Pilots split a pair of games on Saturday afternoon versus Belhaven, losing game one and winning in the night cap of the doubleheader.
The Pilots fell in game one by a score of 3-1. LSUS had the tying runs on base in the final inning for the second consecutive game, but were unable to deliver a dramatic finish.
Brian Legnon (2-1) went all seven innings on the mound for the Blazers in the win, while Victor Hernandez (2-1) dropped his first game in three starts.
Belhaven pinch hitter Austin Fagan was credited with 2 RBIs on the afternoon to lead the Blazers in game one. Legnon only surrendered two Pilots hits in the contest, as he shut down the Pilots offense.
In game two, there would be no shutting down of the Pilots offense. The LSUS bats came to life after sputtering through the first two games of the series, lighting up the scoreboard for 17 runs, as they run-ruled the Blazers, 17-7, through eight innings.
Game two saw several line-up changes for the Pilots, and the starters in game two made the most of their opportunity.
The Pilots scored a single run in the first inning, but plated two more runs in the bottom of the second to take an early 3-0 after Quention Shamsabady's RBI triple.
After Belhaven scored one run in both the third and fourth innings, the Pilots responded with four runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth. Matt Whitney led off the bottom of the inning with a solo home run, and Andrew Blubaugh and Bryan Stebbings also added RBI base hits in the inning.
The Pilots scratched three more runs in the fifth, with two of the runs courtesy of a single off the bat of Blubaugh.
LSUS starting pitcher Blake Pinkston (2-0) exited the game after five strong innings on the mound for the Pilots, and picked up his second win is as many starts.
The Pilots closed out the game with a four spot in the eighth inning, giving them the victory courtesy of the mercy rule. Ledet homered in the eighth, while Blubaugh and Stebbings scored the game's final two runs courtesy of a Belhaven misplayed grounder.
LSUS (6-4, 6-2) will host Louisiana College on Tuesday night at Pilots Field. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:30 PM.