Enterprise takes two Saturday to complete sweep of Nunez

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WESTWEGO, La. – Enterprise (AL) Community College used timely hitting and better mound control with 2 outs to take both games of Saturday’s doubleheader from Nunez Community College at Segnette Field to complete a 3-game sweep.

On the day, the Boll Weevils outhit the Pelicans 26-19, but the tell-tale statistic was 11 two-out RBI’s to just one for Nunez. The pitching stats were actually about even, with Nunez recording more strikeouts (15-14), but Pelican pitching issued 14 free passes in Game 2 to just 5 for the visitors as mound inconsistency and inability to get the defense off the field with 2 outs haunted the Pelicans all weekend.

GAME 1 – ENTERPRISE ST 11 NUNEZ 8 (7 innings)
Enterprise jumped on the scoreboard in the top of the second on 2 singles, a 2-base wild pitch, and a throwing error on a pick-off attempt at first. The Weevils then added 3 more in the third on 2 singles and a pair of triples from Michael Conder and Josh Neutze. The visitors then extended the lead to 10-zip with 5 in the fourth inning that featured 2 walks, 4 singles, and a double.

At this point, the game’s complexion changed dramatically as Nunez outscored Enterprise 8-1 the rest of the way as they attempted a furious comeback, eventually getting the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the fifth, and again to the on-deck circle in the sixth.

The Pelicans began by cutting the deficit in half with 5 runs in the bottom of the fourth. Collin Zeringue led off with a walk and Landon Manson doubled him to third with a rocket to left. After Payton Cooper walked to load the bases, all runners moved up on Caleb Duhon’s right-side RBI-ground-out. Noah Detillier then blasted a 3-run homer to left to cut it to 10-4, after which the home team got one more on hard-hit outfield singles by Caleb Webb, Ashtyn Ellis, and Aidan Lambert.

Nunez next threatened to tie it in the fifth as Cooper led off with a walk and Duhon beat out a dribbler in front of the plate, with both runners moving up a base on the wild throw to first, after which Cooper scored and Duhon moved to 3rd on a passed ball. After Detillier walked, Webb scored Duhon with a hard grounder back up the middle to cut it to 10-7. Ellis then sacrificed the runners to 2nd and 3rd with only 1-out. However, the runners died on the base paths as Weevil reliever Nash Evans struck out the final 2 batters of the inning to end the rally.

Enterprise then got a big insurance run in the sixth on a 2-base infield error followed by Caden Turrell’s double to make it 11-7. Nunez then threatened again in the bottom half after 2 were out, but could only manage one run as Cooper lined a missile off the left-fielder’s glove, reaching second on the play, and then scoring on a 2-base infield error. But Evans again ended the inning with a strikeout with the tying run on deck, and then closed the game out with a 1-2-3 seventh to get credit for the win.

Duhon and Webb each had 2 hits and an RBI for Nunez, while Turrell led Enterprise by going 4-for-4 with 3 RBI’s.

Enterprise – 023 501 0 – 11 15 4
Nunez – 000 521 0 – 8 10 2
W – Evans L- Bordes
Garrett, Johnson (4), Hawkins (4), Evans (5)
and Roberts. Bordes, Howard (4),
Mason (4), Cooper (6) and Manson.
2B – Turrell, Conder, Manson.
3B – Nuetze, Conder. HR – Detillier.

GAME 2 – ENTERPRISE ST 19 NUNEZ 8 (7 innings)
The Weevils jumped ahead 2-0 in the top of the first on Jason Roberts’ 2-run homer to left and then added 3 more in the third on a double, walk, 2-base infield error, groundout, and single.

The Pelicans countered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth as Webb dropped a single into short centerfield and Ellis followed with a 2-run shot over the left-field wall to make it 5-2.

Enterprise then put the game in the bag with a pair of 6-run innings, starting in the top of the fifth as, after Caden Slappey’s lead-off homer and Roberts’ single, for the second consecutive day 5 straight walks forced in three runs, with the final 2 runs of the frame coming on a sacrifice fly and fielder’s-choice-safe at the plate.

Now down 11-2, the Pels came back with 5 runs in the bottom half of an inning that seemed would never end. After Manson led off with a walk and steal of second, Davison Stokes lined an RBI- double to right-center, and then moved to third on Detillier’s hard-ground single back through the box. Webb then followed with a deep line-double to left to score both runners and cut it to 11-5. James Bendeck then singled Webb to third and advanced to second on the throw. Ellis then plated Webb with an RBI-ground-out to first, with Bendeck next scoring on Zeringue’s sacrifice fly to deep left field to cut it to 11-7.

The Weevils’ second 6-spot in the sixth started with an infield error and hit-by-pitch, which were then followed by 3 walks, 2 singles, and a double to extend their lead to 17-7.

The visitors next added their final 2 runs in the 7th on a walk, wild pitch, and single, followed by another walk and single. The Pelicans managed one more in the bottom half on Ellis’ opposite-way hard-grounder just inside the bag and down into the right-field corner, with Ellis then scoring on Alex Crews’ sacrifice fly to center to make the final score 19-8.

Ellis led Nunez at the plate with those 7 total bases and 3 RBI’s. Webb and Detillier also each had 2 hits for the Pelicans, while Roberts led the Weevils at the plate, going 3-for-3 with 4 RBI’s.

Enterprise – 203 066 2 – 19 11 3
Nunez – 000 250 1 – 8 9 3
W – Matthews L- Cortez
Derrossett, Dowkowski (4), Matthews (5)
and Griffin. Cortez, Austin (5), Franklin (6),
Bryant (6), C Smith (6), Wheaton (7) and Webb.
2B – Slappey, Muto, Detillier, Stokes, Webb.
3B – Ellis. HR – Slappey, Roberts, Ellis.
SF – McDaniel, Zeringue, Crews.
Nunez will try to rebound this Tuesday, February 28 when they host Southwest Mississippi Community College in a twi-night doubleheader. Game 1 first pitch from Suarez Stadium will be 4 PM. Nunez students, faculty, and staff will be admitted free with Nunez ID.

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