Pilots sweep Knights to improve to 18-3
March 08, 2005
Shreveport, LA---The LSUS Pilots (18-3) played host to the Northwood University Knights (12-14) in double-header action Tuesday afternoon at Pilot Field. Frank Kowatz faced only 20 Northwood batters in his 6.0 innings of work while allowing only one run on four hits, leading the Pilots to a 7-2 victory over the Knights. The Pilots used 10 stolen bases and a complete game performance from starter Tyler Lewis to take game two from the Knights 7-3, improving their regular season record to 18-3.
The Pilots struck first in game one scoring three runs in the bottom of the second inning. Chris Frye led off the inning with a walk, and promptly stole second base. Frye later scored on a misplayed ground ball by Knights second baseman Josh Thompson off the bat of Stephan Primeaux. A Dustin Bissonnette sacrifice fly with one out scored Primeaux from third base and gave the Pilots a 3-0 lead heading to the third.
The Pilots struck again in their half of the third when Frye singled to center and Kyle Mace followed with a triple down the right field line to score Frye. Mace scored on Jeremy Chabot’s second single of the game to give the Pilots a 5-0 lead.
The 5-0 lead proved to be enough as Kowatz kept the Knights offense silent through his 6.0 innings pitched. The Knights managed to push a single run across in the top of the sixth inning when Thomas doubled to right-center field and scored on a Steven Mears single, cutting the Pilots lead to 7-1.
The Knights scored two more in the top of the seventh off Pilots reliever Mitch Jones, but James Thomas came out of the Pilots bullpen and forced Joe Beck to ground into a game ending double play, with the Pilots on top 7-3.
Frye, Mace, Chabot, and Primeaux all finished with two hit performances and accounted for six of the Pilots seven runs.
Game two proved to be much of the same as the Pilots jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Dusty Maddox lead off with a triple to deep-center field, and later scored when Frye grounded into a double-play to put the Pilots up 1-0. The Pilots took advantage of two Northwood errors with two outs to score their second run of the inning.
The Pilots added a single run in the fourth when Chabot through the left side of the infield to score Primeaux who reached on a one out walk, and put the game away with three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning which was capped off by an RBI single by Mace giving the Pilots a 6-0 lead.
The Knights scored two runs in the top of the sixth when Chase Adams doubled to left-center field to score John Cherry, and later scored on a Mike Via single, cutting the lead to 6-2.
The Pilots added a single run in the bottom of the sixth when Bissonnette singled to score Bryan Cooksey making the score 7-2. The Knights were held scoreless in the seventh, giving Tyler Lewis his first complete game of the year, and improving the Pilots overall season record to 18-3.
Lewis (2-0) completed 7.0 innings and allowed two runs on six hits, four walks, and collected six strikeouts. Josiah Beam suffered the loss allowing five runs in 4.0 innings.
The Knights out hit the Pilots 6-5 in game two, but the Pilots timely hitting and 10 stolen bases propelled them to a 7-2 victory. Bissonnette collected two hits, one RBI, and his 13th and 14th stolen bases of the year to lead the Pilots offense.
The Pilots are currently on top of the GCAC at 8-1, will now be idle until Friday night when they will play host to their Gulf Coast Athletic Conference rival William Carey College. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30pm Friday night at Pilot Field. Games two and three will be played Saturday starting at 1:00pm.
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