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Jaguars can't navigate past LSU-Shreveport

By BY WILL BROWN - WBROWN@VICAD.COM
Feb. 13, 2013 at 5:03 a.m.
Updated Feb. 12, 2013 at 8:13 p.m.

UHV's Chad Kruse slides into second base safely past the tag of Shreveport's Manny Estrada during the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader.

The visitors from Louisiana spent their Fat Tuesday feasting on fat pitches from their opponents from the University of Houston-Victoria.

LSU-Shreveport used a big inning in both games of Tuesday's doubleheader to propel to 12-2 and 8-1 victories.

The five runs the Pilots scored in the fourth inning of Game 1 were all unearned. The three walks and six hits that led to six runs in the third inning of Game 2 emphatically erased the Jaguars early lead.

"I was disappointed at the big innings that we gave up," said UHV head coach Terry Puhl. "We had two innings, one in each game. You can't throw up sixes in a seven-inning game and expect to beat a quality team. You just can't do that. We could never get the big hit either."

The Pilots have won 10 straight contests against the Jaguars, including all five meetings this year.

In the 14 innings the Pilots played at Riverside Stadium on Tuesday, the visitors had base runners in 13 of them - the exception was the first inning of Game 2. UHV consistently had runners on base in both games, but stranded 11 runners in scoring position.

Ryan Suescun (2 for 4) reached base five times in eight plate appearances. The UHV second basemen stole three bases, hit by a pitch twice and scored a run in Game 1. His sacrifice bunt in the first inning of Game 2 preceded Tyler Steiner's RBI double.

"We're scrambling for one run here or one run there," Puhl said. "You can't win at the college level scoring one run. You need a crooked number up there. That's what they took to us. We have to regroup and executing better."

The Jaguars (2-5) will take Wednesday off, before having a workout Thursday and facing Texas Wesleyan in a doubleheader Saturday in Fort Worth. Meanwhile, LSU-Shreveport (6-2) will make the nearly seven hour drive back to Northwest Louisiana, after having Monday and Tuesday off from class for a Mardi Gras break.

LSU-Shreveport first baseman Kyle Pearson drove in four runs. His two-out triple in the fourth inning drove in a trio and burst the game open. In the second game David Dorton hit a home run and shortstop Manny Estrada (2 for 4) drove in four runs for the visitors.

"Our guys, we click," said Pilots freshman Parker Hebert who was 2 for 3 with a run and a RBI on the day. "We play as a team, that's the biggest thing. Everyone has their part and they do it well."

LSU-Shreveport 12, UHV 2

LSUS 130 501 2: 12 10 3

UHV 001 100 0: 2 6 2

Caleb Olson, Reno Dupuis, Jerry Lawrence and Reed Lavallee. Nathan Falkenstine, Jose Muniz, Colton Cowart and Matthew Herrera.WP: Olson (1-1), LP: Falkenstine (1-2). TRIPLES: LSUS, Kyle Pearson; DOUBLES: LSUS, Manny Estrada, Taylor Drolette, Parker Hebert, K.J. Semien; STATS: UHV, Chad Kruse 2-4, R, RBI; Ryan Suescun 1-2, R, SB.

LSU-Shreveport 8, UHV 1

LSUS 006 101 0: 8 8 0

UHV 100 000 0: 1 5 2

Trent Cormier, Riley Spencer, Jonathan Burnett, Jacob Byrd and David Dorton. Brayden Blanton, Andrew Walker, Chance Marshall, Orlando Quiroga and Brandon Bohanon.

WP: Cormier (1-0), LP:Blanton (0-1). TRIPLES: LSUS, Brandon Cooksey; DOUBLES: UHV, Tyler Steiner. STATS: UHV, Dylan Blaha 1-3, R, Steiner 1-4, 2B, RBI.

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