Huston-Tillotson Wildcats Cap Sweep with Run-Rule Win

PINEVILLE, Louisiana (LCU) – The Louisiana Christian University baseball team scored four runs in the first inning and didn’t need more to complete the Huston-Tillotson sweep, but had enough to end the game in the bottom of the seventh for an 11-1 win on the points rule. Rams Sunday afternoon at Billy Allgood Field at Legacy Stadium.

Early drive issues helped the Wildcats get easy runs on the board in the first frame. With one out, Alex Ashby was hit by a pitch, Keelyn Johnson walked and Ju’Juan Franklin also dunked to charge the bases. Peyton Lamartiniere also took a shot to the body, forcing Ashby home for the first inning of the game. After the pitcher was ordered to put the ball back over the plate, Nick Brunet took advantage, sending a base hit just over the shortstop’s head and into left center field, scoring both Johnson and Franklin for a 3-0 lead. Beau Freeman followed that up with a base hit that just snuck through the left side of the infield, allowing Lamartiniere to head home for a 4-0 lead when the first inning finally ended.

Control issues continued for the Rams starting pitcher in the second inning as Adrian Aguilar and Alex Ashby both fired a base on balls, leading to an early hook. Keelyn Johnson welcomed the new pitcher into the game with a hit down the left side, scoring Aguilar from second for a 5-0 lead. After Ju’Juan Franklin walked another to load the bases, Peyton Lamartiniere threw another pitch between Ram’s third baseman and the shortstop, tackling both Ashby and Johnson. Now with two out and Lamartiniere standing at second base, Nick Brunet fended off a pitch in the middle and Lamartiniere rounded third and scored easily to make it 8-0 at the end of the second inning.

Huston-Tillotson scored his only inning of the game in the third inning, but a potential big inning for the Rams was thwarted as a double-play ball ended the threat as the Rams had runners at first and second before the double murder.

With runners in the corners and a fourth-inning out, LCU clawed back the run they gave away to HTU as the Wildcats called a double steal. Nick Brunet took off for second, eliciting a throw from the catcher, which he beat as Peyton Lamartiniere drove home and scored without a return to the plate to make it 9-1.

The lead widened further in sixth. Nick Brunet started the inning by getting hit by a pitch. As Dylan David ran for Brunet, Ty Morgan fired a hit into left field, which the left fielder passed, allowing David to go all the way around first to score for a 10-1 Wildcats lead.

After the Rams failed to push a run in the top of the seventh, the Wildcats had an opportunity to exit the series sweep by pushing a single run in the bottom half. With one out, Ju’Juan Franklin ended his hot weekend at the plate with a left hit. As JT Brice ran for Franklin, Peyton Lamartiniere was hit by a pitch and Nick Brunet walked, loading the bases and giving the Wildcats two chances to finish the game. LCU only needed one crack as Beau Freeman rolled a short ground ball which was bobbled allowing everyone to reach safely including Brice heading home to score the start run to complete the sweep.

Nick Brunet was the only Wildcat with multiple hits late in the series, going two for two at the plate with two walks, one hit per pitch, one stolen base and three RBIs. Peyton Lamartiniere went one-for-two at the plate being hit by the pitch three times, stole a base, hit three-runs and scored three times himself. Beau Freeman went one for five but hit in two runs. Keelyn Johnson went one for two with three walks, one RBI and two runs scored. LCU batters hit 12 bases on balls in the game and were hit on six pitches.

With the Wildcats using an all-out approach ahead of a busy week of baseball, Beau Hebert (2-2) picked up the win as a starter as he pitched the first two innings and allowed three hits and no runs with a walk and three strikeouts. . Branon Pope went one inning and allowed two hits and one, earned, executed without a walk or strikeout. Trip Flotte struck out two on strike as he put three Rams batters in order in the only inning he worked. Blake Windham also put the Rams in order in his only working inning without strikeouts. Dylan Coburn went 1.1 innings and gave up only one base runner on a hit-and-run with no runs scored. Chase Gardner got the only two batters he faced in the last inning, one via strikeout.

The Wildcats (18-6, 12-3 RRAC) start a big week Monday with just one game against Champion Christian. The first pitch of Monday’s game against the Tigers (5-9) is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. at Billy Allgood Field in Legacy Stadium.

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