UHV rally comes up short against Pilots
SHREVEPORT, La. - Despite a six-run first inning Friday night, the second-ranked LSU-Shreveport Pilots had to hang on for a 7-6 victory over UHV.
After surrendering six runs in the first, the Jaguars continued to fight before coming up short after a two-run ninth that cut the lead to one.
The Jaguars entered the ninth down 7-4 and used two errors and a walk to score twice, before the Pilots' Ben Suit came on to end the game with a four-pitch strikeout. Starter Paul Barton collected the win.
LSUS improves to 2-2 with the win, while the Jaguars fall to 2-1. The two meet again Saturday in a 1 p.m. doubleheader.
The Jaguars jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on and RBI single by Tyler Steiner that scored Ryan Suescun.
But the Pilots struck right back sending 12 men to the plate and scoring six runs with Ridge Gonsoulin doing the most damage with a two-run home run in a three-RBI inning.
The Pilots took advantage of a wild Nathan Falkenstine (1-1) who hit three batters, walked one and had two wild pitches in the first.
The Jaguars chipped away at the Pilots early lead with solo runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh and also left runners in scoring position in the second, third, fourth and eighth innings.
Deric Hawkins drew a walk between two strikeouts, stole a base and scored on an RBI single from Josh Ledesma in the fifth.
The Jaguars struck again with two outs in the sixth on a pair of walks and a pinch-hit RBI single by Josh Boothe that scored Corti Wilson.
Steiner struck again in the seventh when he doubled off the right-field fence and scored on Dylan Blaha's groundout to short.