SHREVEPORT, La. - Jonathan Burnett struck out 10 batters guiding the no. 9 LSU Shreveport Pilots to a series opening win 4-1 over the LSU Alexandria Generals at Pilots Field on Saturday afternoon. The Generals evened the series with a convincing 9-1 win in the night cap of the twin bill. The Pilots are now 28-8 on the season as LSUA record goes to 23-12.
GAME 1, W 4-1
Burnett (4-0) cruised through Saturday's performance, his best outing of his LSUS career, working six and 2/3 innings allowing six hits and allowing just one earned run on a single in the third inning in which the Generals pieced together three hits, the only multi-hit inning against the right hander as he dominated the rest of the way.
Burnett struck out all three outs he recorded in the fourth inning allowing just an infield hit. His last strikeout of the game was the second out in the seventh inning before the Pilots called on Jake Hansen to slam the door shut. After a hit batter that brought the tying run to the plate, Hansen got Bond Babin to pop out to second to end the game as Hansen recorded his third save of the season.
The Pilots scored a pair of runs in the bottom half of the third inning with Ridge Gonsoulin driving in the first run of the inning as Brenden Meade later scored on a fielder's choice. LSUS added a pair of insurance runs in the fifth inning thanks to a pinch-hit two-run single from Brandon Bufton to increase the Pilots' lead to 4-1.
LSUA starter Kirk Savoy (7-2) suffered the loss as he worked four and 1/3 innings allowing five hits, four runs (three earned), two walks with three strikeouts.
GAME 2, L 9-1
The Pilots bullpen has claimed a lot of victories this season but it is to blame for the loss in the night cap as the relievers allowed seven runs although only four were earned. The control was not there like it has been as the relievers walked three batters over the final four and 2/3 innings while surrendering six hits.
LSUS starter David Diaz (2-2) unfortunately was saddled with the loss as he tossed four and 1/3 innings allowing just three hits and two unearned runs. The only run-producing hit for the Pilots was on a single from Gonsoulin scoring Kym Barthel.
The Generals scored two runs in the fourth, three in the seventh inning and four more in the eighth as they cruised to the win to even the series.
The final game of the series will be tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. at Pilots Field.