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Pilots complete series sweep over Northwood

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Courtesy: LSUS Athletics

The 21st-ranked LSU Shreveport Pilots baseball team finished their weekend the way anyone would have hoped, with a double header sweep to complete the four-game series sweep of the 13th ranked Northwood Knights at Pilots Field on Saturday afternoon. The Pilots held on for a 4 - 2 win in the first game and then pounded the visitors 12-5 in the final game of the weekend series.

The first game of the twin bill feature how a game usually goes between these two schools with good pitching, hitting, and for the most part good defense. The game only lasted one hour and 40 minutes which will keep any fans attention. Both teams had eight hits in the contest.

The Pilots started the way they had the day before with a zero on the board for the visitors and then runs on the board in the bottom half, two in fact as LSUS scored on a wild pitch and a fielder choice to take a 2 - 0 lead.

Ridge Gonsoulin then added another extra base hit, a double that brought in the Pilot's third run of the afternoon scoring Parker Hebert who had double earlier in the frame. The last LSUS' run came in the third via an rbi-single from Jared Vial to give the Pilots a 4-1 lead.

The Knights trimmed the LSUS lead to a pair when Angel Ortiz hit a solo homer to bring the score to 4 - 2 where it eventually ended up.

LSUS starter Jake Hansen (1 - 0) did a great job at keeping the NU hitters at bay allowing just three hits in four innings of work. He gave up both runs and walked one and struck out two. Trent Cormier worked two and 1/3 innings allowing just three hits and no runs with one strike out. Cam Ellis came on to record the final two outs but it was not without excitement as Northwood had the bases loaded when the final out was made, a ground out to Kym Barthel. Ellis earned his first save of the season.

Gonsoulin finished 2-for-3 at the plate with an rbi while David Diaz was the only other Pilot with multi-hits going 2-for-3.

The Pilots ended the series in fine fashion pounded the Knights 12 - 5 in the series finale as they gathered a total of 11 hits. Jared Vial was 2-for-3 with three runs batted in while Connor McMullin was also 2-for-3 with one rbi.

LSUS again scored in the first inning after holding their opponents scoreless as Diaz scored on a throwing error by the NU catcher. Northwood rallied back to take their first lead of the series in the top of the third but the Pilots came roaring back in the bottom half of the inning with five runs in the bottom half of the inning to regain the lead for good 6 - 2.

David Dorton drove in a run with a single and then Vial followed later driving in a pair with a single. LSUS put six more runs on the board in the bottom of the 5th with Blair Landry delivering a big two-run single.

Jacob Rodrigue (1 - 0) picked up the win with two solid innings of relief work allowing no hits while walking just one but striking out four NU hitters. Jonathan Burnett started the game but did not go long enough to be eligible for the win working three innings allowing five hits and two earned runs and struck out four in a walk free performance. Paul Barton and Brock Blanchard also contributed out of the pen.

The next game for the Pilots will be on the road next Friday night in Alexandria as they begin a three-game series with LSUA at 6:30 p.m. The series will conclude on Saturday with a double header.

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