Pilots staff tosses two hitter in 14-1 victory over LC
February 13, 2007
Shreveport, LA---On a night when the temperature felt as low as 27 degrees, the LSUS Pilots pitching staff allowed just two hits in 7.0 innings of work in a 14-1 mercy rule victory over the Louisiana College Wildcats (2-2).
Juan Leon (2-0) made his second start of the season for the Pilots Tuesday night and did not get off to a perfect start. Hunter White delivered a one out single to center field in the top of the 1st inning to get things going for the Wildcats. Hunter eventually scored after a wild pitch and a misplayed grounder by Pilots third baseman Bryan Cooksey marking LC’s lone run of the contest.
LSUS quickly regained the lead in their half of the 1st inning. Chris Frye scored David McGhee from third base with an RBI ground out to second base. The Pilots plated their second run after the Pilots put on a double steal with runners on the corners scoring Frye from third for a 2-1 LSUS lead.
The Pilots added a solo run in the bottom of the 2nd inning after starting second baseman Andrew Blubaugh dropped down a squeeze bunt which scored Jeff Ledet from third base.
Blubaugh capped a five run bottom of the 3rd inning for the Pilots with a two out, two RBI single to right field to stretch the Pilots lead to 8-1.
LSUS added six more runs in the bottom of the 5th which was highlighted by Blubaugh’s second to out, two RBI single to left field scoring Colin Moro and Bryan Stebbings.
Leon made gave way to Pilots reliever Paul Marlow in the 6th inning after completing 5.0 innings of work in which he allowed just one hit, one unearned run, and two walks while striking out five.
Marlow pitched a perfect 6th inning and was relieved by JV Laffitte in the top of the 7th.
Laffitte allowed a leadoff double to Trent Marlbrough and followed with a wild pitch advancing Marlbrough to third base with no out. The hard throwing sophomore however pitched his way out of the jam by striking out the side.
Taylor Brooks (1-1) suffered the loss after allowing three runs (one earned) in 2.0 innings of work.
The LSUS offense collected 11 hits on the night while scoring a season high 14 runs. Blubaugh finished 2-for-2 with a game high five RBI and a run scored. Brandon Magierowski bumped his season average to .444 after a 2-for-3 performance at the plate which included an RBI and two runs scored. Frye added his team leading fourth triple of the season in the 5th inning and finished 1-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored.
Tuesday’s contest marked the Pilots last home game until March 16th when they will play host to Belhaven College in a Gulf Coast Athletic Conference three game series. LSUS will be idle until next Tuesday when they will travel to Arkadelphia, AR to take on Henderson State University in double header action First pitch is slated for 1:00pm.