Southland Conference Recap 03-22-09

Cowboy centerfielder Sam Merrill collected five hits in Sundays win.

Cowboy centerfielder Sam Merrill collected five hits in Sunday's win.

McNeese State 17 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 7

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – McNeese State tied a season high by collecting 21 hits in a 17-7 eight inning Southland Conference victory over TAM-Corpus Christi on Sunday.

The victory was the second in three games by the Cowboys over the Islanders. They go to 11-10 overall and to 3-6 in league play while the Islanders are now 7-16 and 1-8.

Every player who stepped up to the plate for the Cowboys on Sunday collected at least one hit. Sam Merrill led the way with a five for five effort while Nick Eubanks had thre ehits and Steven Irvine, Taylor Freeman, Lee Orr, Ryan Brauninger, Matt Fontenot and Andy Riche’ had two hits each.

Earlier in the year in a 15-2 victory over Houston Baptist, McNeese had produced 21 hits. The school record is 26 hits (against Delaware State in 2003).

Freeman drove in four runs, Eubanks three and Riche’, Merrill and Orr two each.

Matt Click, who has been pitching some strong mid-week innings, got his first weekend start for the Cowboys and came away with victory. Now 1-1, he pitched five innings, giving up eight hits and five earned runs while walking two and striking out two.

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Texas A&M Corpus Christi

Nicholls State 6 Stephen F. Austin 3

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – First baseman Blake Bergeron (Houma, La./Terrebonne) went 3-for-3 at the plate, including an RBI double to right to open a four-run second inning as the Colonels picked up a 6-3 win over Stephen F. Austin in Sunday’s finale at Jaycees Field.

With the win, the Colonels improve to 11-9 (5-4 SLC), while the Lumberjacks fall to 7-13 (2-6 SLC) on the year.

Righthander Tyler Minto (Mobile, Ala./Alabama Southern CC) scattered six hits and three runs over 5.0 innings of work, striking out three and issuing just two walks. The junior evens his record at 1-1.

Picking up his second save of the season was senior righty Ross Larson (New Lenox, Ill./Lurleen B. Wallace CC), who held the Jacks scoreless with two hits through 4.0 innings of relief.

Nicholls State Recap
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UT Arlington 16 Northwestern State 0

ARLINGTON, Texas – The UT Arlington baseball team finished its conference series sweep over Northwestern State with a 16-0, seven-inning run-rule victory at Clay Gould Ballpark in Arlington. The Mavericks had 17 base hits off six Demon pitchers to tally their first run-rule win and to record their fourth shutout of the season.

UT Arlington (12-10, 5-4) has won six straight games and seven of its last eight overall. Northwestern State has lost four straight games and drops to 10-9 overall and to 4-4 in the Southland Conference.

“We played really well, we had an eight-game home stand and went 7-1 with wins over UTSA, Minnesota and Northwestern State,” head coach Darin Thomas said.

The Mavericks put the game out of reach with three runs in the first inning and nine runs in the second inning. UT Arlington’s first inning was sparked by four straight singles by Tim Steggall, Michael Choice, Matt Otteman and Andrew Kainer.

Sophomore Rett Varner (2-1) picked up his second win of the season pitching five shutout innings while allowing eight hits and one walk with three strikeouts. Senior Matt Otteman and senior Ryan Martin each threw an inning in relief to combine with Varner for the shutout.

Northwestern State Recap

Central Arkansas 9 Southeastern Louisiana 5

CONWAY, Ark _ The University of Central Arkansas Bears’ offense
finally woke up in the sixth inning Sunday and took a 9-5 victory over
Southeastern Louisiana in the series finale at Bear Stadium.

The Bears (12-9, 5-4) had combined for only 13 hits in the first
two games of the weekend, both losses. On Sunday, UCA pounded 11 hits,
including home runs by senior Richey Irvin and junior Tye Throneberry.

The Bears broke a 3-3 tie with six runs in the sixth inning,
highlighted by Throneberry’s two-run homer and freshman Beau Geren’s
two-run single. Blake Roberts and Eric Tennyson added RBI singles as the
Bears chased SLU starter Josh Janway.

Central Arkansas Recap
Southeastern Louisiana Recap

Texas State 4 Lamar 1

Beaumont, Texas – Brian Borski grabbed his fourth-win of the season Sunday afternoon after tossing eight complete innings and rationing the Lamar Cardinals to just one run en route to a 4-1 victory for the Texas State Bobcats to clinch the weekend series.

The Bobcats improve to 12-8 overall and 6-3 in Southland Conference action, while Lamar falls to 16-7 and 5-4, respectively.

Borski held the Cardinals to a mere seven hits in the game. Lamar used two of the hits in the bottom of the third to match Texas State and tie the game at 1-1.

Texas State took the early lead with double from Jason Martinson that brought in Ben Theriot in the top of second. Theriot reached on a base hit to centerfield to lead off the inning.

Ryan Saldivar singled to open the inning, but Borski struck out the next two batters and it seemed Saldivar would be stranded on the diamond. But Saldivar stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch before Steven Tucker knocked in the Cardinals lone run with a double to left center.

After a scoreless fourth, the Bobcats broke open the tie in the top of the fifth with two runs, taking complete advantage of a Cardinal throwing error. Bret Atwood had time to reach second base on the wild throw and shifted to the scoring corner on a base hit from Paul Goldschmidt. Keith Prestridge knocked in the run with a sacrifice fly to centerfield and Spenser Dennis polished off the frame with a single down the left line to score Goldschmidt for the 3-1 edge.

Texas State Recap
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UTSA 8 Sam Houston State 6

HUNSTVILLE — UTSA scored four runs in the seventh to rally for an 8-6 victory and the Roadrunners finished off a three-game sweep at Sam Houston State on Sunday afternoon.

UTSA (13-8, 6-3 SLC), which posted its ninth comeback win of the spring, swept the Bearkats for the fourth consecutive year and now have been triumphant in 12 of the last 13 regular season matchups between the two schools. The loss was a season-high third in a row for Sam Houston State (14-8, 5-4 SLC). The victory also vaulted the Roadrunners into a three-way tie for first place in the Southland Conference standings with Southeastern Louisiana and Texas State.

After third baseman Ryan Mooney gave the Bearkats their first lead of the weekend with a three-run home run off the left field scoreboard with one down in the sixth, UTSA exploded for four runs on three hits, a walk and costly leadoff error by Mooney.

After Davis reached on the miscue, senior All-America center fielder Michael Rockett followed with a single to right center and senior designated hitter Jose Hernandez walked to load the bases. Senior left fielder Aaron Powell then hit a blooper down the right-field line that brought home Davis and tied the game at five. Sophomore first baseman Brett Aguilar, who entered the game as a defensive replacement an inning earlier, followed with a double to right center to bring home two more and freshman right fielder Jason Mohn’s sacrifice fly to deep center completed the four-run rally.

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