LSUS celebrates their victory over JCC on Sunday. (Photo Bianca Stakes)
SHREVEPORT, La. -- LSU Shreveport won two games on Sunday including a victory over Jarvis Christian to force a second championship game on Monday in the 2017 RRAC Baseball Tournament. The two teams will play for the third straight day at Pilot Field at 6 p.m. with the winner taking this year's title. LSUS had the upper hand today with a 7-5 vicotry, while the Bulldogs defeated LSUS on Saturday, 9-7.
2017 RRAC Baseball Tournament Results
To reach its seventh straight RRAC tournament final, the Pilots had to escape Texas A&M-Texarkana in a semifinal game, 9-7, earlier today. Jarvis Christian, which was making its first championship game appearance in 19 years as a conference member, was unbeaten and awaited the winner in the double-elimination format. A second championship game hasn't been played in the event since 2013 when LSUS beat Texas Wesleyan University twice to take the title.
Today's game highlights:
LSUS 9, TAMUT 7 Ryan Pouwells led the Pilots with a pair of hits and two RBIs. Along with four other LSUS hitters, he contributed a double in a two-run seventh inning. The Pilots tacked on two more in the eighth on ground balls with runners in scoring position to build the lead to 9-3. The Eagles responded in the bottom of the eighth inning with run-scoring hits by Austin Vicknair and Zachary Boehler, and they added two more in the ninth inning before eventually being stopped by LSUS pitcher Justin Donaldson with the tying run on first base. TAMUT left 11 runners on base during the game. TAMUT's season ended at 32-24.
LSUS 7, JCC 5 Pilot freshman pitcher Cade Gibson got the start in the most important game of the season and delivered 8 1/3 innings of work with six strikeouts. With LSUS leading 7-4 and a bases loaded jam with no outs in the sixth inning, Gibson escaped with two pop outs and a ground out. JCC created a similar threat in the ninth inning by scoring a run and loading the bases again with one out. Gibson was replaced by another freshman, David Jones, who was able to force a ground ball that was gathered by LSUS shortstop Kevin Rosario who tagged second and threw to first for a game-ending 6-3 double play. The Pilots had 15 hits to 11 for the Bulldogs. LSUS was led by Kevin Vanasselburg, who went 4-for-4 with two RBIs and Pouwells with two more RBIs. First baseman Carlos Andrade tied the game at 4-4 for JCC with a two-run homer in the fifth inning. He had three RBIs in the game.