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Baseball - Mon, May 8, 2017

SHREVEPORT, La. - Its all come down to this! The decisive game 9 of the 2017 RRAC Tournament will decide the champion and who will continue their season in the NAIA Opening Round (May 15-18). The LSU Shreveport Pilots and Jarvis Christian Bulldogs are set to throw the first pitch at 6 p.m. tonight at Pilot Field, LSUS will be the home team.

The Pilots (37-19) are looking to continue their opening round streak as they have made it every year since the NAIA went to this format back in 2009. Their road to the title game began with a 4-3 win over no. 2 Texas A&M-Texarkana on Friday night. Saturday did not go as planned as it was the Jarvis Christian Bulldogs who sent the Pilots to the loser's bracket with a 12-9 win in what is known as the "Driver Seat Game" in the five-team double-dip bracket.

LSUS rebounded yesterday to eliminate the Eagles 9-7 and then held on to hand Jarvis their first loss of the tournament 9-7 last night in a game which ended with an incredible double-play turned by Kevin Rosario as he dove up the middle, stepped on second and fired a perfect throw to first to end the game!

The Bulldogs (33-26) have made a Cinderella run as they won two games on day one defeating the no. 5 seed Southwest Mustangs in one of the more bazare endings. Southwest had the bases loaded with one out and the Jarvis pitcher fanned the USW hitter on a curve out of the zone for the second out. Then a slow chopper looked to have tied the game but instead the ball hit the runner going from second to third for the final out as Jarvis held on 3-2.

Then on Friday night against no. 1 LSU Alexandria, the Bulldogs scored the winning run on a throwing error for the walk-off win. On day two they sent the host team to the elimination phase of the tourney but they did not have enough magic to end it with a win last night.

And so here we are. The trophy, the championship banner and a trip to the Opening Round on the line tonight in a winner take all match up for the 2017 RRAC Tournament crown at 6 p.m. TONIGHT! You don't want to miss it!

GAME COVERAGE
LIVE AUDIO (with Mark Cantrell and Tanner Craft)
LIVE STATS

 
 
Baseball
Overall RRAC Streak
39-21 (.650) 17-10 (.630) Lost 1
 
 
 
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