DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Adam Hines was dominant for eight innings on Monday as he pitched his LSU Alexandria team to an 8-2 win over Tennessee Wesleyan in the first-ever game for the Generals in the NAIA National Championship Opening Round. Hines didn't allow a Bulldog runner to reach second base until two outs in the seventh inning, and although he gave up a pair of runs in the ninth, never really struggled in a complete game win. The Bulldogs (33-23-1) fall to the loser's bracket and will face elimination Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. against the loser of Embry-Riddle and Talladega.
Hines set the tone for his outing in the first, throwing just five pitches to send his team to the plate against Josh Clemen. Clemen pitched a scoreless first inning, but a big error in the second allowed two runs to eventually score for LSUA and the Generals never looked back.
Hines cruised through the middle innings and his offense gave him a 4-0 lead in the fourth with two runs, and the big blow came in the fifth on a Winn Smith pinch hit grand slam that pushed the advantage to 8-0.
Brandon Landrie and Logan Longwith held the Generals in check over the last 3.1 innings, but TWC's offense couldn't solve Hines until the ninth when they plated a pair of runs. But Hines had enough in the tank, getting a ground ball to end the game in favor of LSUA.
Hines improved to 9-3 overall while Clemen dropped to 8-7.