FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
AUSTIN, Texas – The St. Edward’s baseball team dropped the final game in their season-opening series with #6 Southern Arkansas Monday afternoon at Lucian-Hamilton Field. The Hilltoppers lost the rubber game in this series, 8-6.
Southern Arkansas (2-1) got on the board first. Shortstop Adam Whittington opened the scoring in the fourth inning with a RBI single to right field. The Mulerider’s tacked on another run in the fifth inning. Second baseman Cannon Lester drove in a run on a double down the left field line.
Southern Arkansas broke out the bats in the sixth inning. The Mulerider’s scored five runs on five hits. Center fielder Gavin McCauley had a two-run single. First baseman Dane Lucas and Lester also had RBI hits during the game.
St. Edward’s (1-2) got on the board in the bottom of the sixth inning. Second baseman Drew Cross launched a two-run home run over the left field fence. The Hilltoppers continued the comeback in the eighth inning. Cross hit another two-run home run. First baseman Dexter Moreno added an RBI sacrifice fly and right fielder Mike Hancock drove in a run with a single to right field. This was as far as the St. Edward’s rally was able to go though. The Mulerider’s took the game, 8-6.
Cross paced the offense going 3-5 with two home runs and four runs batted in. Center fielder Dylan Schuch went 1-4 and scored two runs.
On the mound for the Hilltoppers, junior Tim Laine (0-1) had a solid debut for St. Edward’s. He threw five solid innings in which he allowed only two runs, four hits, and struck out three Southern Arkansas batters.
The Hilltoppers will be back in action Friday afternoon to open Heartland Conference play with a series against Newman. The first pitch is set for 12 p.m. at Lucian-Hamilton Field.
Southern Arkansas 8, St. Edward’s 6 (Feb 02, 2009 at Austin, Texas)
Southern Arkansas… 000 115 100 – 8 10 1 (2-1)
St. Edward’s…….. 000 002 040 – 6 9 2 (1-2)
Pitchers: Southern Arkansas – J. Schroeder; C. Lohden(7); B. McDonald(8); D. Lucas(9).
St. Edward’s – T. Laine; J. Henry(6); C. Mosser(6); D. Johnson(8); J. Burns(9).
Win-J. Schroeder(1-0) Save-D. Lucas(1) Loss-T. Laine(0-1) T-3:30 A-118
HR SEUBB – D. Cross 2 (3).
Weather: 60′s, Clear, Windy