ALEXANDRIA, La. – The no. 8 LSU Shreveport Pilots baseball team dominated the final four innings to defeat the Louisiana College Wildcats 14-5 in the 10th annual DARE-Day game at Bringhurst Field in front of a crowd of 1,732.
Shawn Moy got the scoring started for the Pilots with an RBI-single in the fourth inning but it was answered by two runs in the bottom half as LC took a 2-1 lead after a two-run double from Chris Waguespack. The Pilots tied the game in the fifth inning when a run came in on Andrew Brouillette's ninth double of the season.
The visitors erupted for six runs in the top of the sixth as they blasted three homers out of the yard. Chase Wentz (7) and Brouillette (12) launched solo shots while Michael Diffie's (2) brought in three as the Pilots took an 8-2 lead. The Wildcats trimmed two off the deficit with a two-run shot of their own by Matt Scott (2) to cut the Pilot lead to four, 8-4 after six complete innings of play.
The Pilots scored two in the top of the seventh and four more in the eighth as Kevin Smith hit his 11th home run of the year, a solo shot over the right field wall. Ridge Gonsoulin singled home two later in the inning and Diffie drove in his fourth run of the game with a sacrifice fly to extend the lead to 14-5.
Jared Mortensen (5-0) picked up the win for the Pilots as he tossed an inning and 2/3 in relief and faced six batters. LSUS used a total of six pitchers as Cade Bowen retired the side with two strike outs in the bottom of the ninth. Madison Lachney (1-1) took the loss for the Wildcats as he allowed four earned runs on three hits in a 1/3 of an inning.
The Pilots scored 14 runs on 16 hits and committed two errors in the field while LC scored five runs on five hits and made three errors.
Brouillette was two for five with two RBIs while Smith was two for three with a RBI. Justin Brodnax was a quite three for five with two runs scored while Cody Causey finished two for four at the plate with two runs scored. Moy was a perfect two for two with two walks and two runs scored while Gonsoulin drove in two and was one for three. Diffie was two for two with a game high of four RBIs.
The Pilots owned the bases as they swiped a total of seven bases. Brodnax and Causey each stole three with Diffie swiped one.
The next game for the Pilots will be at Pilot Field on Thursday night as the host the SAGU Lions in RRAC play. The first pitch is schedule for 6:00 p.m. and the double-header is set for Friday at 1:00 p.m. at Pilot Field. The Pilots will wrap up the weekend on the road for a two game set in Ruston against Louisiana Tech for a 6:00 p.m. start on Saturday night and a 1:00 p.m. first pitch on Sunday at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
(Courtesy: LSU-Shreveport Athletics Department)