LSUS escapes with extra-inning win to remain in NAIA tourney, plays today at 11

 (Photo by JOHN PENROD, Journal Sports)


LSU-Shreveport scored two runs in the 10th inning Tuesday night to dispose of McPherson (Kansas) 6-4 and stay alive in the Shreveport Bracket of the NAIA National Tournament being played at LSUS.

The top-seeded Pilots (45-9) will now face Morningside (Iowa), the three seed, in another elimination game today at 11 a.m. The survivor earns a shot at tourney unbeaten MidAmerica Nazarene at 2:30, and could force a winner-take-all game Thursday.

LSUS weathered a late surge by the Bulldogs, who tied Tuesday night’s contest 4-4 in the bottom of the eighth.

Ryan Major’s sacrifice fly scored Trevor Burkhart, who led off the 10th with a single, to give LSUS a 5-4 lead. Vantrel Reed drove in Josh Gibson with an infield single to put the Pilots up 6-4.

Gage Bihm retired the Bulldogs in order in the bottom of the inning to get the win. 

LSUS got out to a 4-0 lead, scratching out a pair of runs in the third inning and one run each in the fourth and fifth innings. 

Reed was 3-for-5 with a triple and Christian Webb 2-for-4 for the Pilots, who had seven hits on the night. 

Burkhart scored three runs and Major drove in two on outs. 

The Bulldogs scored three in the seventh and one in the eighth to tie the game 4-4.  Antonio Fernandez was 3-for-5 and Caleb Feuerstake 2-for-5 and three RBI. Kevinn Castillo’s solo home run in the eighth tied the game for McPherson after a bases-loaded error drew the visitors within 4-3 an inning earlier.