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Southland Conference Recap 3-28-09

Lee Orr ran his home run total to nine with two homers against Central Arkansas on Saturday.Courtesy: Louis Bonnette

Lee Orr ran his home run total to nine with two homers against Central Arkansas on Saturday.Courtesy: Louis Bonnette


Central Arkansas 5 McNeese State 10
Central Arkansas 11 McNeese State 7

McNeese State and Central Arkansas split a Southland Conference twinbill here Saturday, collecting almost 50 hits between them.

McNeese won the first game 10-5 with the use of three home runs while Central Arkansas took the second, slamming out 17 hits.

The two teams will play the third and final game of their three game series on Sunday, first pitch to be at 1 p.m.

The split left McNeese with a 12-11 overall record and a 4-7 conference mark and the Bears at 13-11 overall and 6-5 in league play.

Home runs by Lee Orr (a couple of them) and Shon Landry led McNeese to victory in the opener. Orr hit his eighth and ninth and drove in four runs while Landry belted his fifth of the year and drove in three runs.

Between them they accounted for seven of the Cowboy runs in that game, the other RBIs chalked up to Steven Irvine, Taylor Freeman and Matt Fontenot.

Central Arkansas Recap
McNeese State Reacp

Lamar 10 Southeastern Louisiana 1

HAMMOND, La. – Lamar scored ten unanswered runs and pitchers Eric Harrington and James Brandhorst combined to strike out eight as the Cardinals defeated Southeastern Louisiana, 10-1, at Alumni Field Saturday.

Lamar (17-9, 6-5 SLC) snapped its four game losing streak and evened the series with Southeastern (16-9, 7-4 SLC) at 1-1.

Tyler Link, Brian Taylor, Chris Dunkin and Ryan Saldivar each collected two hits for Lamar, who finished with two home runs and four doubles among its 12 hits.

Southeastern scored first with a run in the opening inning when Ty Summerlin doubled and came home from third two batters later on a double by Josh Cryer.

The Cardinals then scored the next 11 runs, scoring at least once in each of the final six innings. They started the stretch with a Jeremiah Sammy sacrifice fly in the fourth, a solo home run by Saldivar in the fifth and a two-run homer by Sammy in the sixth. It was the second long ball of the season for both Cardinals. Lamar then loaded the bases with one away in the seventh and added its fifth run when Link scored on Andy Mena’s sac fly.

Lamar Recap
Southeastern Louisiana Recap

Northwestern State 9 Sam Houston State 6

Northwestern State 7 Sam Houston State 6

HUNTSVILLE – Justin Keithley and Mark Wyatt hit run-scoring singles in the bottom of the 11th inning to give Sam Houston State an 8-7 victory over Northwestern State and a split with the Demons in a Southland Conference baseball doubleheader Saturday at Don Sanders Stadium.

Northwestern State won the first game 9-6 powered by a grand slam home run in the top of the second inning by Chase Lyles.

Sam Houston (15-9, SLC 6-5) and Northwestern State (11-11, SLC 5-5) will meet in the third and deciding game of the series Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.

The Bearkats trailed 6-5 in the seventh inning but forced extra innings thanks to an RBI single by Tyler Lundy. Northwestern State took a 7-6 lead in the top of the 11th on a run-scoring single by Beau Snodgrass.

Sean Weatherford (3-2) was the winning pitcher for SHSU. Ryan Zimmerman (0-1) took the loss for the Demons.
Texas State 10 Stephen F. Austin 0
SAN MARCOS – Kyle Livingstone belted his first-career home run and led the Texas State Bobcats to a 12-hit 10-0 run rule decision over the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Field.

Texas State improves to 16-8 on the season and 8-3 in Southland Conference play, while SFA drops its fourth-straight game and falls to 7-16 and 2-8, respectively.

Livingstone went 3-for-3 with a pair of runs and three RBIs, including a two-run home in the bottom of the third inning.

Tyler Sibley and Spenser Dennis both finished with two hits and all but one Bobcat starter tacked on a hit for Texas State’s tally.

Zach Tritz rebounded from last weekend’s loss to Lamar to pitch his fifth complete game and second-career shutout in the seven-inning victory. The senior retired the side in the third, fifth and sixth innings and fanned five of his 25 batters faced.

Texas State Recap
Stephen F Austin Recap

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 11 at UTSA 10

UT Arlington 6 at Nicholls State 5

UT Arlington 5 at Nicholls State 1

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