NEW ORLEANS — Baton Rouge Community College came into its series against formidable foe Delgado having lost four in a row.
The Bears left having won the series on the road to start Miss-Lou Conference baseball play after defeating 11th-ranked Delgado 6-1 on Sunday at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium.
“It’s a good start for us,” said coach L.J. Dupuy of BRCC, whose team allowed five runs in winning two of three games against the Dolphins (28-5), who are ranked 11th in the NJCAA poll. “It came down to who could get pitching and timely hitting, and we did that (Sunday).”
BRCC (19-20) had 11 hits, and pitcher Jacob Williams
(1-0) was never in trouble in allowing four hits in six innings in getting the win. Reliever Austin Greer pitched three shutout innings in getting the save, and third baseman Alex Parra had three RBIs.
However, Delgado coach Joe Scheuermann wonders what might have been if a fifth-inning call, with no score in the game, had not been made.
BRCC’s Adam Falcon walked with one out. Jose Dupuy tried to bunt Falcon over but also reached base when Delgado starter Chase Hymel (2-1) committed a fielding error. Bond Babin hit an opposite-field single, loading the bases.
The next batter, Adam Michel, swung at a two-strike pitch, then ran to first base as the ball appeared to be dropped by Delgado catcher Luke Voiron. Michel was tagged out down the first-base line, then Babin was tagged trying to go back to first.
However, the base umpire ruled Michel had foul-tipped the ball, bringing him back to the plate.
Hymel then uncorked consecutive wild pitches, enabling Falcon, then Dupuy to score, and the Bears took a 2-0 lead.
“Instead of being out of the inning, with us batting, we’ve got the same (bases-loaded) situation,” Scheuermann said. “The momentum changed.”
Baton Rouge made it 3-0 in the sixth when Nick Ber, who had lined a leadoff single to right field, scored on Parra’s sacrifice fly to right.
Delgado scored in the bottom of the inning when Bubby Riley doubled to the wall in right-center, advanced to third on an errant pickoff attempt by Williams and scored on Voiron’s fly to left-center.
With Greer looking strong in relief of Williams, the Bears all but sealed the outcome in the eighth. Ber singled off Dolphins reliever Kyle Deckwa, and Blake Hymel greeted Deckwa’s replacement, Brandt Bourgeois, with a looping single to left. Parra then hit a shot that was carried by the wind into the gap in right-center for a double that scored Ber and Blake Hymel for a 5-1 lead.
Baton Rouge Community College added a run in the ninth when Matt Willis walked with the bases loaded, scoring Babin.
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