Baton Rouge Community College’s lead in the Miss-Lou Conference vanished Saturday afternoon as the Bears dropped both games of a doubleheader to Delgado Community College Saturday at Pete Goldsby Field, losing 4-0 in the first game and 6-4 in the second.
“Delgado has excellent pitching, and they showed that today,” BRCC coach L.J. Dupuy said. “Our pitching wasn’t bad either, but they got the clutch base hits and we didn’t.”
BRCC (25-24, 7-3) and Delgado (39-8, 6-2) will conclude their series at 1 p.m. Sunday, with the winner gaining sole leadership in the conference standings.
“Coming here and to get two today was very important,” Delgado coach Joe Scheuermann said.
DELGADO 4, BRCC 0: In the first game, Cameron Hoffman went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Jordan Caillouet hit a sixth-inning home run, giving more than enough run support to Delgado freshman pitcher Christian Trent.
Tossing a shutout, Trent (7-2) went the full seven innings, struck out eight Bears and allowed just one walk.
“He had total command all the way through,” Scheuermann said of Trent. “He has above-average stuff. He started out with his fastball and mixed in a slider and changeup to fool their hitters.”
Trent’s counterpart, BRCC right-handed pitcher Jared Keating, had a decent outing as well; he struck out five and scattered three hits in 4.2 innings. However, four walks and a couple of wild pitches proved to be his undoing.
“Jared came in and was outstanding for the most part,” Dupuy said of his sophomore pitcher. “He walked a couple guys though and that cost us with the way they were hitting.”
Keating (6-4) was cruising through Delgado’s order in the first few innings, but a two-out single by sophomore Tony Fortier-Benson for Delgado’s first hit of the game rattled the BRCC pitcher, as he walked the next two batters he faced. Keating followed the consecutive walks with a wild pitch to score Fortier-Benson from third, giving Delgado a 1-0 lead.
The Dolphins added another run an inning later on a two-out single by Cameron Hoffman that scored Brady Williamson from second base.
From there, Trent settled in as he struck out The Bears in order in the bottom fifth. In the sixth, Delgado doubled its lead when Caillouet jumped on the first pitch he saw from BRCC reliever James Fontenot and sent it over the left-field wall for a two-run home run.
“That was big,” Scheuermann recalled. “It took a lot of pressure off of us.”
DELGADO 6, BRCC 4: The Bears jumped out to an early four-run lead, but they could not hold on as Delgado scored six unanswered runs to sweep the doubleheader.
In a battle of bullpens, Delgado reliever Brandon Shearman (1-0) stood out with his 4.1-innings effort. He scattered three hits and struck out two, allowing the Dolphins to get back into the game after trailing early.
“Shearman was the difference in Game 2,” Scheuermann said. “He came in and did a lights-out job in those middle innings and gave us a chance to get our offense going after we dug ourselves in a hole.”
The BRCC bats that were quiet in the first game jumped on Delgado starting pitcher Pierce Liberta in the first inning with two runs on three hits, capped by an RBI double to the left-field wall by Alex Parra, scoring Nick Ber.
A two-out RBI double by Jacob Williams forced Liberta out of the game earlier than Scheuermann wanted.
“He’s been really good for us all season long, but they were getting good swings on him,” Scheuermann said. “The good thing about pulling him early is that he will be available for relief tomorrow.”
In the brief outing, Liberta allowed four runs on as many hits and did not record a strikeout.
Shearman came in and gave up an RBI single to BRCC center fielder Adam Michel before finally getting out of the second inning.
As in the first game, it was not until the top of the fourth inning that Delgado registered a hit — but it was a big one. Austin Barrois lined a double over the head of BRCC right fielder Matthew Willis, scoring Buddy Riley. After a sacrifice fly by Fortier-Benson brought home Hoffman, Barrois scored from third on a passed ball to pull the Dolphins within a run.
Dupuy pulled Liles in favor of Austin Greer to start the fifth, but he quickly relinquished the lead as Hoffman drove in two runs with a double to the gap to take the lead. Barrois followed with sacrifice fly, scoring Riley to put the Dolphins up 6-4 after five innings.
“He’s been our best relief pitcher all year,” Dupuy said of Greer. “He just didn’t have it today, and Delgado was able to capitalize on that.”
Greer (4-3) went on to pitch the rest of the game for BRCC. He struck out four.