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Rory Young tossed his second complete game shutout of the season as the LSU Shreveport Pilots defeated the Wiley College Wildcats 3-0 on Friday night in the opening game of the weekend Red River Athletic Conference series at Pilot Field. Young was boosted by the best defensive performance of the season as the Pilots made diving catches like they were going out of style on Friday night.
Third baseman made the first diving catch early diving in foul territory to record the first out of the game. One batter later the 2011 Avista-NAIA World Series Gold Glove Award winner, Manny Estrada, dove on a blooper pop up in shallow left field for the second out. Second baseman Parker Hebert joined the diving catch club in the top of the fifth inning as he stole a single away from Wiley as he flipped to Estrada with a back hand glove toss to retire the runner at second.
Wiley (4-28, 3-18 RRAC) stranded seven runners thanks to the outstanding defensive play by the Pilots and another strong outing by Young (5-2) who picked up the win for the Pilots (30-14, 14-8 RRAC). Young scattered seven hits as they all came in bunches for the visitors as they recorded three hits in the fourth inning, two in the seventh and eighth and one in the ninth. The Pilots turned two double plays at key points in the game including the 6-4-3 double play to end it to get senior weekend off to a good start. The eight Pilot seniors will be honored before tomorrow's double header.
Both teams offenses were non-existent as Young and the Pilot's defense shut down Wiley and the Pilots could never get their timing off Wiley's Ramon Galabert who's fastball was much slower than they are accustomed to seeing. LSUS pieced together three two-out rbi-singles for the victory; one by Estrada in the second, another by Ridge Gonsoulin in the third inning, and the final one by Brandon Cooksey in the sixth inning.
The series will continue with a seven game at 1 p.m. tomorrow and conclude with a nine-inning game 30 minutes following game one.