AUM Wins Again in Regional

Miss.-Paul Vasquez hit a grand slam and Junior Kelley contributed with two RBI to lead Auburn University Montgomery to a hard fought 8-6 win over Louisiana State University-Shreveport and keep the Senators in the winner's bracket at the NAIA Region XIII tournament.  The win for AUM was the 50th of the season and marks the fourth time in the team's history they have reached 50 wins (1992, 2001, 2002). AUM was once again out hit, as LSUS had 14 hits in the game compared to 10 for AUM.  The biggest difference was the six errors LSUS committed that led to two unearned runs.  LSUS left 12 runners on base and AUM 11, as neither team could come get runners in when in scoring position. AMU scored first with a single run in the bottom of the second as Allen Ponder doubled and came around to score on Michael Herndon's single. LSUS did not wait long to take the lead.  In the top of the third, Quenton Shamsabody had a two-out double and came around to score on Colin Moro's base hit.  Chris Frye followed Moro with a triple to give LSUS a 2-1 lead. AUM would take the lead for good in the bottom of the inning as the Senators loaded the bases with the help of two LSUS errors.  After Kelley reached on the second error, Vasquez hit the first pitch he saw over the left field fence for his 10th home run of the season. AUM came back to push their lead out to 7-2 in the fourth as Stephen Partrick had reached base on a fielder's choice and moved to third on Cortez Pearson's single.  Matt Arrighi and Kelley followed with back-to-back singles to score both Partrick and Pearson. LSUS begin to cut into the lead with two runs in the top of the fifth on a Scott Talley two-run home run.  It was his first home run of the season.

AUM answered the two runs with a single run in the bottom of the sixth as Kelley was able to drive in Pearson from third base with a sacrifice fly to make the score 8-4. Again, LSUS came back to cut into the lead in the top of the seventh.

Brandon Magierowski singled to open the inning and Brent Lavallee double to put runners on second and third with no outs.  Bryan Cooksey then singles to drive in Magierowski and Shamsabody's single scores Lavallee. That is when Timmy Morgan entered the game with no outs and LSUS threatening to score some more.

He was able to record the final nine outs of the game only allowing one hit with three strikeouts in picking up his first win of the season. Justin Barrett (7-1) was the winner, although he struggled in the game.  He pitched five and two-thirds of an inning allowing four runs on nine hits.  He did pick up seven strikeouts.  He was relieved in the sixth by Mark Presnell who was only able to record the final out of the inning before getting into trouble in the seventh. Daniel Welch (8-2) was the loser lasting six innings.

He gave up all eight runs although his defense did not help him very much.

With the win, the fourth ranked Senators move to 50-11 on the season and LSUS ends their season with a 40-15 record.  It is the third consecutive win for AUM over LSUS as they defeated the Pilots in last season's regional twice, 6-2, and then 6-1 in the regional championship. Junior Kelley's hit in the fourth inning gave him 101 hits on the season.

He is the first player in AUM history to have two seasons of 100 hits or more. Vasquez, Pearson, and Arrighi all finished with two hits for the game.

For LSUS, Lavallee led the Pilots hit parade with three hits.  Shamsabody, Moro, Frye and Magierowski all had two hits.

AUM moves on to the next round Thursday against Lee at 3:30 p.m.