Southland Conference Recap 03-17-09

#9 LSU 2 Northwestern State 1

Sophomore Micah Gibbs drove in the game-winning run on a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning to lead No. 5 LSU past Northwestern State, 2-1, Tuesday in Alex Box Stadium.

Coming in to pinch hit for first baseman Buzzy Haydel with one out and the bases loaded, Gibbs drilled a 2-2 offering into the gap in right center field to break open a 1-1 tie and bring senior Derek Helenihi home for the victory.

LSU improved to 14-4 on the season with the victory, while Northwestern State fell to 10-6 with the loss.

Right-hander Matty Ott (2-1) earned the win in what turned out to be a fantastic game by the LSU pitching staff, which combined to allow only six hits and one earned run. The Demons’ DD Lott (0-1) was charged with the loss.

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Houston 4 Lamar 2

Houston scored three runs in the fourth inning and kept Lamar from getting a big inning started in a 4-2 win over the Cardinals at Vincent-Beck Stadium Tuesday night.

Lamar (15-5) struck out a season-high 14 times and left seven men on base, including six in scoring position.

The Cardinals scored single runs in the sixth and seventh but stranded runners at second and third in both the third and eighth innings.

Houston (4-14) got a strong performance on the mound from starter Donnie Joseph (1-1), who struck out eight and walked five while allowing both Lamar hits in 6.1 innings. William Kankel earned his first save of the season with 2.2 of hitless ball. He struck out six of the eight outs he recorded.

Beaumont native David Murphy went 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI to lead the Cougars.

Kevin Angelle (2-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing three runs on four hits in one inning of relief.

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Louisiana-Lafayette 10 at McNeese State 2

Matt Broussard retired 17 of the first 19 batters he faced and Louisiana took advantage of McNeese State miscues all game long en route to a 10-2 victory Tuesday evening at Cowboy Diamond.

The victory extended Louisiana’s non-conference win streak to five games and improved the Cajuns (7-9-1) to 4-1 in mid-week contests.

Broussard, making his first start on the mound this season, turned in a gem. He tossed a one-hit shutout over seven innings and faced only four batters over the minimum. He needed only 60 pitches to get through the first five innings and ended the game with 95 total pitches.

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Minnesota 2 at UT Arlington 6

Senior left-handed pitcher Ryan Robinson pitched eight innings and at one point retired 17 straight batters while leading UT Arlington to a 6-2 victory over No. 25 Minnesota on Tuesday night at QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.

“I thought we played really well,” head coach Darin Thomas said. “That is the first time in awhile that on a Tuesday we came out and played well. We got some momentum over the weekend and we needed to keep it. Everything always starts on the mound and it was no different tonight.”

After allowing the first two batters of the game to reach base and score on a single and walk respectively, Robinson settled in facing only three batters over the minimum the rest of his eight innings. He finished with a career-high 10 strikeouts and allowed two walks while scattering seven base hits.

“Robinson did a great job after giving up those two early runs,” Thomas said. “He really worked the kinks out and that’s the same guy we saw on the mound last year for us.”

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Murray State 4 Central Arkansas 6

Tye Throneberry’s eighth-inning home run carried the University of Central Arkansas Bears to a 6-4 victory over the Murray State Thoroughbreds on Tuesday night at Bear Stadium.

Throneberry, a junior center fielder from White Hall, hit a two-out, two-run home run to right center that scored shortstop Graham Martin with the go-ahead run. Throneberry finished 3 for 4 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored.

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Sam Houston State 10 Texas Southern 6
For the ninth time this season, Sam Houston State came from behind in the late innings for a baseball victory as the Bearkats defeated Texas Southern 10-6 Tuesday afternoon in a road non-conference game.

The win gives the Kats a 14-5 season mark, Sam Houston’s best start since moving up to the NCAA Division I level in 1987. In 1986, the university’s final year at the Division II level, the Kats opened 15-4.

Senior first baseman Nick Zaleski, the Bearkats’ top hitter this season with a .443 averaged, got the go-ahead runs in the sixth inning with a three-run homer. The blast was Zaleski’s third home run of the season.

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Texas Southern

Southeastern Louisiana 5 at Tulane 3

Senior left fielder Brandon Street launched a two-run homer to put the Lions out in front for good and senior right handed pitcher Chris Cappo limited the Green Wave to just two runs on five hits as the Southeastern Louisiana University baseball team (11-6, 4-2 Southland Conference) rallied to defeat the Tulane Green Wave (11-8) 5-3 on Wednesday night in game one of the 2009 Senator’s Cup Series

After a scoreless opening frame, Tulane struck first with one in the top of the second, as a one-out double and a two-out run scoring single put the Lions down 1-0 after two.

However, Southeastern, which has come-from-behind in every win this season, rallied to take the lead in the third.

After drawing a one-out walk, sophomore center fielder Cass Hargis stole second. Senior second baseman Ty Summerlin then extended his season-best hitting streak to ten games with a single up the middle to score Hargis and tie things up at 1-1.

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Stephen F. Austin 7 Houston Baptist 4

The Lumberjacks used a five-run seventh inning to pick up a 7-4 win over Houston Baptist on Tuesday at Husky Field, putting an end to an eight-game losing skid in the process.

Zach Gardner delivered two RBI hits for SFA (4-12, 0-5 SLC) and the back-end bullpen combination of Alex Moshier, Chris Court and Richard Folmer pitched 3.1 scoreless innings to close out the win. With Gardner’s seventh-inning double he also moved into ninth all-time at SFA with 23.

SFA has now won three straight games over Houston Baptist (1-14).

Moshier threw 1.1 scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts for his second win of the year while Folmer converted his second save of the year with a perfect ninth.

Zac Schiefen held SFA to just two runs through six innings, but imploded in the seventh and took his fourth loss of the year.

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Texas Tech 5 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 7

UTSA 4 Kansas State 5

No. 26 Kansas State used three home runs to power its way past UTSA on Tuesday night, 5-4, in front of 1,074 fans at Tointon Stadium.

The Wildcats improved to 16-3 with their fifth win in a row (12 of 13 overall), while the Roadrunners lost for the fourth time in their last half dozen contests to drop to 10-7.

Kansas State took an early 1-0 lead in the first when Carter Jurica launched a solo homer, his second of the year, over the left-field wall with one out.

The Roadrunners then rallied for a three-spot in the fourth to take their first lead of the night.

Senior left fielder Jose Hernandez doubled to left to lead off the frame and senior designated hitter Aaron Powell followed with a base hit to right to plate Hernandez. After junior catcher Ryan Rummel moved Powell to second with a sacrifice bunt, freshman first baseman Matthew James launched the first long ball of his career to dead center field to give UTSA a 3-1 advantage.

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