Hattiesburg, MS – LSUA continued its tough non-conference schedule with a midweek doubleheader against #12 William Carey, and the Crusaders defended their home diamond with a 14-5 and 16-6 wins over the Generals Wednesday afternoon at Milton Wheeler Field.
The Generals jumped out first in game one as Trace Oliva singled in Logan Constantine to put LSUA up 1-0. It would stay that way into the third inning where William Carey jumped out with four runs in the inning as Wes Brown, Tyler Graves and James Land each hit RBI singles, and then Tyler Odom capped it off with a RBI triple to put the Crusaders up 4-1.
LSUA came right back in the top of the fourth with a pair of runs as an error allowed both Trace Oliva and Brady Fryou to touch the plate and cut the deficit to 4-3. William Carey got one of those back in the bottom of the fourth on a Tyler Graves sacrifice fly. The Crusaders blew the game open in the fifth inning as William Carey scored nine runs in the frame to put the game out of reach.
The Generals got a little closer with a pair of runs in the seventh inning as a Brady Fryou single scored Zach Hebert and a Drew Brown sacrifice fly scored Trace Oliva, but that was all the offense the Generals could muster.
Blake Garrett (0-2) went 3.1 innings and gave up five hits and five runs, of which only one was earned. He struck out three and walked two. Logan Constantine, Trace Oliva and Brady Fryou each had a pair of hits in game one with Oliva, Fryou and Drew Brown each collecting a RBI.
Game two started much differently as the Crusaders took the advantage right out of the gate. After LSUA left the bags loaded in the top of the first inning, William Carey opened up a big lead with seven runs in the bottom half of the inning.
LSUA tried to get back in the game starting in the third inning as Logan Constantine hit his fourth home run of the season to pull the Generals back within 7-1. The push back continued in the fourth inning as Constantine singled in Drew Brown for a 7-2 score.
However, the Crusaders put the game out of reach in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings, scoring four in the fourth and five in the fifth to open a 16-2 lead. The Generals got two in both the sixth and seventh innings, but that’s wouldn’t be enough to challenge the Crusaders.
Dillon Deblieux (1-2) had a rough start as he was unable to record an out and gave up five runs, all earned, on two hits. Logan Constantine and Trace Oliva each had three hits in the second game with Constantine and Bryce Laird each collecting a pair of RBIs.
The Generals (13-12) remain on the road this weekend for a conference series against Texas College (6-18). First pitch for Friday’s single game against the Steers is set for 2:00 P.M. at Texas College Field.