Alexandria, LA – LSUA found itself down 2-0 as the game passed the midway point, but the Generals offense started to click in the later innings and finished the series sweep of Huston-Tillotson, defeating the Rams 9-4 Saturday morning at Generals Field.
After the two starting pitchers had motored through the first three innings, one swing in each the fourth and fifth innings helped Huston-Tillotson jump on top for the first time this weekend. In the fourth, Paul Garcia hit a liner that just cleared the wall in left for a solo home run to put the Rams up 1-0. Rylee McGee doubled the lead as he led off the top of the fifth inning with his own home run to make it 2-0 Huston-Tillotson.
LSUA started to get the offense going in the bottom of the fifth inning. After Andrew Skerlong drew a one-out walk, Trace Oliva would find the gap in left-center field for a RBI triple that scored pinch runner Zach Hebert. Oliva would be allowed in on a passed ball to tie the game at 2-2 as the inning came to a close.
The Generals blew open the game in the seventh inning with a four-spot in the frame. After Trace Oliva led off the inning with another triple, this one to right-center, Ty Desormeaux placed a bunt perfectly down the first base line to where the Rams had no play and Desormeaux collected a RBI single to put the Generals up for good. With two out, Tyler Mathis delivered in a pinch hit opportunity, hitting a two-RBI single to left that plated both Desormeaux and Logan Constantine. Mathis would later come around on a double by pitcher Blake Garrett, who helped his own cause by hitting it down the left field line for the RBI.
Huston-Tillotson pulled one back in the top of the eighth on Adrian Buruato singled in Ajani Dowdy for a 6-3 score, but the Generals added some big insurance runs in the bottom of the frame. With the bases loaded and one out, a wild pitch allowed Trace Oliva to come across, and then Logan Constantine would single in Ty Desormeaux. Taylor Faulk capped the scoring as his sacrifice fly to center field was deep enough to allow Kris Tamplet to come in from third and make it 9-3. The Rams got a RBI triple in the ninth, but couldn’t muster any more offense.
Blake Garrett (2-2) threw eight innings and gave up seven hits and three runs, all earned, while he struck out nine Ram hitters and didn’t walk any. Garrett, Trace Oliva, Brady Fryou and Logan Constantine each had a pair of hits in the contest while Tyler Mathis’s pinch hit two-RBI single helped him lead the game in RBIs.
“Our pitching was good all the way around this weekend,” said LSUA head coach Steven Adams, Jr. “The top of Huston-Tillotson’s line-up is as good as anyone in the conference, but our guys really kept them off balance most of the weekend. Our hitters were also very good when they needed to be. We got quite a few two-out hits and two-out runs this weekend, so our guys were very clutch over this series. I’m happy for this sweep and proud of what we’ve done so far, but we still have a long way to go.”
LSUA (28-16, 17-4 RRAC) step out of conference play on Tuesday night as the Generals will host William Carey in a midweek doubleheader. First pitch between the Generals and Crusaders on Tuesday is set for 4:00 P.M. at Generals Field.