La. - The LSU Shreveport Pilots (21-11, 8-6 RRAC) and Jarvis Christian
Bulldogs (22-12, 9-5 RRAC) split Thursday's double header at Pilot Field
with LSUS taking game one 6-4 and the Bulldogs taking game two by a
final of 7-3. The series will be decided tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. at
GAME 1 (W, 6-4)
The Pilots pounded three home runs as they muscled past the Bulldogs
in game one as K. J. Semien led off the bottom of the first with a solo
shot to left field for the first round tripper for a 1-0 lead. Jarvis
took the lead with a pair of runs in the top
of the fourth before the Pilots opened the flood gates in the bottom
half of the inning with two more long balls.
Cooksey hit a two-run shot and later Manny Estrada blasted a three-run
homer over the left field wall for a 6-2 advantage for the Pilots. The
rallied for a pair of runs in the top of the sixth with a two-run homer
of their own off the bat of Jelford Santell to cut the Pilot lead to
remained a threat in the inning with a runner at first and only one out
when Pilot left hander Jacob Byrd picked the runner off first for the
out and then Cooksey robbed a home run away for the final out of the
inning to end the rally.
Barton (4-2) picked up the win for the Pilots as he started the game
off on fire retiring the first 10 batters he faced before a crazy fourth
to two runs for Jarvis as he walked three that inning, hit one, and
balked in the second run before his day was done after the fourth
Jerry Lawrence picked up his first save of the season working the final two innings allowing only one hit and striking out two.
Kade Billeaudeaux was the only Pilot with more than one hit as he finished the day 2-for-3 at the plate.
GAME 2 (L, 7-3)
The second game of the double header was just as close as the first
game until the Pilots gave up five runs in Jarvis' final two at bats.
Jarvis scored a total of seven runs in the game in which only four were
earned as the Pilots committed six errors in
Dorton and K. J. Semien were the only two Pilots with multi-hits both
going 2-for-4 at the plate. Cooksey hit his second homer of the day, a
in the bottom of the eighth inning but it was too little too late for
Mouton (5-2) suffered the loss even though he was the most effective
pitcher of the night for the Pilots as he worked five and a third
five hits while allowing two runs (one earned) and striking out seven in
a walk-free performance.