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No. 4 SAU doubles up LSUS on the diamond, 17-8

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The No. 4-ranked Southern Arkansas baseball team hammered out 15 hits and scored 17 runs as they powered themselves past NAIA-powers LSU-Shreveport by a score of 17-8 on Tuesday night at Pilots Field.

The Muleriders (9-2) started their eventual offensive rout in rather routine fashion as they manufactured a single run in the top of the first. In that frame, Tyler Cameron led off with a single down the left field. Cameron then stole second base during the next at-bat and was later moved over to third base on a groundout to first base by Jon Phillips. With Cameron on third base and one out, Carver Rademacher picked up the first of his eventual five RBIs as he grounded out to the shortstop.

The early Mulerider lead would not hold long, however, as the Pilots (8-4) would come out in the bottom of the frame and score three runs to take a 3-1 lead through the first inning. In that bottom of the frame, the Pilots' first three batters picked up hits off of SAU starter Blake Sullivan. The first two of those hits went down as doubles with the third hit being a RBI single to knot the game at one-all. A successful double steal and a sacrifice fly accounted for the other two runs in the inning.

In the top of the second inning, the Muleriders used fundamental baseball once more as they scored twice to tie the score at three-all. In that inning, Justin Buchanan led off with a single to right-centerfield. A hit-by-pitch of Preston Gray would follow to put runners on first and second with no outs. In the next at-bat, Trevor Rucker turned in a productive out as he grounded out to the catcher to move the runners up 90-feet. A RBI groundout by Chase Harvey in the next at-bat scored Buchanan and moved Gray to third base. Gray then scored on a RBI double into right-centerfield off the bat of William Townsend.

After holding the Pilots scoreless in the bottom of the second, the Muleriders took the lead once more as they scored a run in the top of the third to make it a 4-3 game. In the bottom of the inning, however, the Pilots scored a run of their own to tie the game once more, this time at four-all.

The tight, back-and-forth game that was being played over the first three innings would be flipped on its head in the top of the fourth inning as the Muleriders delivered a debilitating blow when Rademacher, on a full count, blasted a one-out grand slam out to left field to give SAU an 8-4 lead.

 

After holding the Pilots off the board in the bottom of the fourth, the Muleriders added three more runs to their lead as Cameron crushed a three-run homerun out to left field, making it an 11-4 lead for SAU.

The Pilots would get two runs closer to the Muleriders over their next two at-bats as they picked up sacrifice flies in the fifth and sixth inning, but a six-run top of the seventh by SAU put the game well out of reach and gave the Muleriders a 17-6 lead. In that big inning for the Muleriders, Cameron, Zach Costa, Gray, and Jackson McCurdy would pick up RBIs.

Now trailing by 11 runs, 17-6, the Pilots would score two unearned runs in the eighth inning to bring the game its eventual final of 17-8.

Sullivan (2-0), who was pegged to only work three innings before the game started, earned the win. Yumezo Densaki, Janson Carr, and Colton Strother would come on in relief. Densaki worked innings four—six as tossed three complete innings, gave up four hits, two earned runs, and struck out three. Carr would work the next two innings, allow a pair of hits and two unearned runs. Strother picked the final three outs as he allowed one hit and struck out one.

The Muleriders will now get ready for their GAC home-opener against Northwestern Oklahoma. That three-game series is set to begin on Friday, February 21 with a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m.

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