LSU-Eunice baseball team splits at NJCAA World Series

The LSU-Eunice baseball team fell 8-2 to Madison College on Thursday night, suffering its first loss in the double-elimination NJCAA Division II World Series after beating Heartland Community College 8-0 in seven innings earlier in the day.

LSU-Eunice (51-9) will play in an elimination game at 7 p.m. Friday against Madison College (43-12). The winner advances to Saturday night’s title game against Murray State College.

In the nightcap, LSUE left 10 men on base. Starter Kirk Savoy took the loss after allowing four runs and seven hits in 3.2 innings.

In the opener, a grand slam by Garrett Deschamp on a full-count pitch with two outs in the bottom of the third inning gave the Bengals more than enough runs for left-hander Zac Person, who allowed only two hits while striking out seven batters in a complete game.

“He went out and made some big pitches when he needed to and just competed his rear off,” LSUE coach Jeff Willis said. “Garrett’s big grand slam really broke it open in that situation and took some pressure off our hitters.”

Person allowed hits to the first two batters but was in control after that, using two pickoffs to erase runners as well.

The Bengals added three runs in the fourth before a final run in the sixth.

Buddy McCoy had two hits, while Casey Rodrigue and Stefan Trosclair each added an RBI.