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The LSU Shreveport Pilots defeated the no. 24 Bacone Warriors 6-5 on Sunday afternoon to complete the series sweep in the final regular season weekend series in Red River Athletic Conference play.
The Pilots (35-15, 18-9 RRAC) led 6-0 in the bottom of the ninth with two outs and two strikes on Bacone's Steven Smith who ripped an rbi-double off the Pilots worn out Rory Young who threw 133 pitches working 8 and 2/3 innings. The rbi-double by Smith led to the departure of Young who had the bid for the complete game shutout.
LSUS called on left hander Jacob Byrd who induced a ground ball but in went under Kym Barthel's glove and into left field to continue the game. Byrd walked the next two batters and then Ben Suit entered the game and surrendered a pair of hits to bring the Warriors to within one run 6-5 with runners at first and second.
Suit (3) collected the save as Barthel more than made up for his error earlier in the inning as he made a sliding catch on his knees with his back to home plate to grab the final out as the Pilots held on for the win.
Young (6-2) allowed four hits in his near complete game while giving up on one earned run with two walks and nine strikeouts. Two of strikeouts came at a very crucial point in the game after a pair of Young's throwing errors set Bacone up with runners at first and third with nobody out. Young struck out the next two batters looking with sliders that nibbled the outside corner and then got Antonio Horn to fly out to left to end the threat.
The Pilots took the momentum and scored on Kyle Pearson's rbi-double to left field for the early 1-0 lead. The Pilots feasted on three Bacone errors in the fourth inning bringing in three unearned runs for a, what was then, comfortable 4-0 advantage.
K. J. Semien brought in the next run with a rbi-double in the seventh inning and Brandon Cooksey's sac-fly made 6-0.
Pearson had another multi-hit game for the Pilots going 2-for-4 at the plate while David Dorton's two infield singles boosted him to a 3-for-4 performance.
The Pilots will have one final regular season game on Tuesday night at Pilot Field against Centenary at 6 p.m. LSUS will host the Red River Athletic Conference Tournament at Pilot Field beginning next Saturday. The Pilots will play the 6:30 p.m. game on day one of the six-team double elimination tournament.