Bulldogs unable to drive in runs in another loss
Friday, February 10, 2012

LEBANON, Tenn. – LSU-Shreveport scored five times in the final two innings, pounding out 13 hits and taking advantage of 10 walks, as the sixth-ranked Pilots posted a 9-0 victory over No. 7 Cumberland on a rainy Friday in Jackson, Miss.

Cumberland (2-3) has lost both games in the Belhaven Invitational after dropping a 5-2 decision to the host and 15th-ranked Blazers on Thursday. CU concludes the weekend with an 11 a.m. contest against Southern Poly on Saturday.

The Bulldogs managed just six hits against three LSUS hurlers but stranded 11 runners in the game, leaving the bases loaded in the first and seventh innings and one baserunner in seven of the nine frames. CU left 12 runners on base in the 5-2 loss against Belhaven as well.

Cumberland starter Chipper Smith (0-2) allowed four runs, two earned, in four innings of work, walking two and striking out six. Errors in the second and third innings put the lefthander in tough situations and the Pilots delivered RBI hits in the second, third and fourth to take a 4-0 advantage early.

The Bulldog bullpen struggled, with Cody Ferrell allowing six walks but striking out seven in 2.2 innings of work. Everything finally came unraveled in the eighth with three walks and a hit batter leading to two runs with just one hit for the Pilots. LSUS added three more runs in the ninth on four hits with a pair of RBI singles and a sacrifice fly.

Nick Sydnor doubled twice and collected three of the team’s six total hits in the game. The Bulldogs struck out 10 times in the game, including Daniel Harrison and Mike Mandarino in the seventh with the bases loaded the CU down only 4-0.

Matt Lackie (1-0) tossed six shutout innings for the Pilots, giving up four hits with two walks and six strikeouts. Three relievers combined to allow just two hits and struck out four for LSUS (5-0).

In the Pilots second inning Greg Friesen was hit and Kade Billeaudeaux reached on a fielding error by Mandarino at third. Stephen Hollins then singled home the run for a quick 1-0 advantage.

LSUS added to the lead with some more help from the Bulldogs in the third. Ridge Gonsoulin beat out a bunt single to leadoff and Friesen walked before a two-out RBI single to right from Billeaudeaux. Brodie Ross booted the ball in rightfield, allowing both runners to score.

In the fourth Reed Lavallee singled with one out, pinch-runner Cody Causey moved to second on a passed ball and scored on Gonsoulin’s single through the leftside.

The eighth inning began with another Gonsoulin single and a walk to Kyle Pearson. With two outs Manny Estrada walked before a free pass to Billeaudeaux forced in a run. Hobbins was then hit, pushing across another run for a 6-0 Pilots edge.

In the ninth Lavallee singled to leadoff, Tyler Alton walked and Gonsoulin reached on an infield single, loading the bases. Friesen and Estrada both recorded RBI singles and Causey plated the final run with a sacrifice fly.