Southland Conference Recap 03-20-09

Taylor Freeman breaks out of hitting slump with a homer and two other hits. Courtesy: Louis Bonnette
Taylor Freeman breaks out of hitting slump with a homer and two other hits. Courtesy: Louis Bonnette

McNeese State 14 at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 4

McNeese State belted three home runs and broke out of a five game losing streak with a 14-4, seven inning victory over TAM-Corpus Christi here Friday in Southland Conference play.

Shon Landry, Taylor Freeman and Ryan Brauninger all smacked round trippers as the Cowboys improved to 10-9 on the season and to 2-5 in league play. The Islanders fell to 6-16 overall and are still winless in SLC play in six outings.

Lefthander Tyler Davis hurled 5.2 innings and collected the pitching victory for McNeese, his third against two losses. He gave up five hits, three earned runs, walked five and struckout one.

Scott Holstein and Ryan Frantz pitched in relief of Davis. Holstein came on in the sixth to get the final out on a strikeout and Frantz hurled a one hit, one run seventh inning.

McNeese State Recap
Texas A&M CC Recap

Nicholls State 2 at Stephen F. Austin 13

Erik Gregersen allowed only two hits in and the ‘Jacks offense delivered its second consecutive offensive explosion as SFA earned its first conference win of the year, 13-2, in only seven innings on Friday against Nicholls.

SFA (6-12, 1-5 SLC) has now won three straight games overall, and four consecutive games against the Colonels (10-8, 4-3 SLC). It was the second straight game SFA put up at least 10 runs and followed up Wednesday’s 20-hit performance against Houston Baptist with a 14-hit outing on Friday.

All but one Lumberjack hitter had at least one base hit with five players recording multiple hits. Sean Meyers delivered three RBI on the day, while Tanner Hines and Zach Gardner each had a pair of hits at the top of the SFA order. Hines’ hits give him a seven-game hit streak, while Zach Gardner moved into a tie with Noel Trevino for fifth all-time at SFA with 90 runs scored after crossing the plate two more times.

Nicholls State Recap
Stephen F Austin Recap

Northwestern State 0 at UT Arlington 5

Andy Sauter pitched a three-hit, complete-game shutout to lift UT Arlington to a 5-0 Southland Conference victory over Northwestern State on Friday night at Clay Gould Ballpark in Arlington. The Mavericks also used 12 base hits, including at least one hit from eight starters, to win their fourth game in a row.

UT Arlington (10-10, 3-4 SLC) was led offensively by right fielder Matt Otteman, who hit his third home run of the season, went 3-for-4 and improved his career-high hit streak to 20 games. Otteman tallied a bunt base hit in the third inning, an infield single in the fifth and a solo home run in the seventh inning, giving the Mavericks their final run of the game. He is now batting .470 with a 25 RBI.

“Again, on the mound, Andy did a great job,” head coach Darin Thomas said. “And we found a way to score on Friday night, which is always difficult. Heard has been really good this season and he has been tough on us in the past. Facing him was a tough draw for us, I’m just proud of the way our hitters battled him.”

UT-Arlington Recap
Northwestern State Recap

Southeastern Louisiana 5 at Central Arkansas 3 0

For the first time this season, the Southeastern Louisiana University baseball team (13-6, 5-2 Southland Conference) did not have to come from behind to claim a win. That’s not to say that Friday’s 5-3 victory over Southland Conference foe Central Arkansas (11-8, 4-3 SLC) was completely uneventful, but junior right hander Ryan Boudreaux allowed just one earned run in a stellar 7.2 inning outing, and junior third baseman/reliever Chris Franklin went 2-for-4 with two runs and his fifth save of the season as Southeastern staved off a late UCA rally to extend their winning streak to a season-best six games.

The Lions struck first in the top of the second inning as a three-run frame put Southeastern out in front. Sophomore catcher Josh Cryer doubled and came around to score on an RBI single from Franklin and sophomore first baseman Joe Sparacino doubled home two more as the Lions went ahead 3-0 after two.

Central Arkansas rallied for one in the third and one in the fifth, but that was all the Bears could manage against Boudreaux. The Gonzales, La. native and LSU-Eunice transfer retired the first six batters he faced en route to allowing just six hits and one earned run over 7.2 innings pitched. Boudreaux walked just one while striking out four to improve his record to 3-1.

SELU Recap
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Lamar 8 Texas State 1

BEAUMONT, Texas – Ryan Saldivar hit a two-out, 3-run double to break a 1-1 tie and help spark No. 29 Lamar to an 8-1 victory over Texas State at Vincent-Beck Stadium Friday night.

Lamar (16-5, 5-2 Southland) scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 6-1 lead. That was all starter Ricky Testa needed as he struck out five while scattering five hits over seven innings and improve to 2-1 in five Friday night starts.

Senior Tyler Link led off the game with a home run to straightaway center field to give the Cardinals a quick 1-0 lead. It was his sixth of the season and the fourth time he has opened a contest with a homer.

The Bobcats tied it in the top of the fourth on a bases-loaded ground out by Ben Theriot that scored Spenser Dennis. After a walk to Adam Witek, Testa got Jason Martinson to fly out in foul ground down the left field line and end the only true threat the Bobcats had on the night.

Lamar Recap
Texas State Recap

UTSA 12 at Sam Houston State 0

Right fielder Tyler Carpenter and left fielder Aaron Powell each produced three hits to lead Texas-San Antonio to a 12-0 victory over Sam Houston State in the first contest of a three-game Southland Conference baseball series Friday night at Don Sanders Stadium.

UTSA totaled 12 runs on 14 hits and three Bearkat errors. Only five of the Roadrunners’ runs were earned. Powell and Lance Brown each had two RBIs.

Red Patterson (2-2) was the winning pitcher for UTSA, limiting Sam Houston to four hits. Jacob Howard (2-1) was the loser for the Bearkats.

The pair meet at 2 p.m. Saturday. The win was the 10th straight regular season victory by UTSA over Sam Houston State. The Bearkats defeated UTSA in post season play in 2007.

UT-SA Recap
Sam Houston State Recap