Southland Conference Recap 3-29-09

Stephen Flora drove in four runs for the Islanders in the series finale.-Courtesy: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Stephen Flora drove in four runs for the Islanders in the series finale.-Courtesy: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

McNeese State 12 Central Arkansas 11

Jace Peterson singled in the winning run from third in the bottom of the 11th inning for a 12-11 McNeese State victory over Central Arkansas here Sunday afternoon.

The Cowboys had held the lead throughout the game and had gone into the eighth inning with a 11-5 edge. In that frame, however, the Bears’ Richey Irvin belted the first pitch from Cowboy reliefer Tommy Luce over the right field wall for a grand slam.

Central Arkansas then tied the game with a single run in the ninth inning, Zack Dickson scoring when Cowboy leftfielder Andy Riche’ misplayed a single by Dillon Smith.

Peterson had gone into the game as a pinch runner for Ryan Brauninger and stayed in as the team’s designated hitter. He came up to bat in the 11th with the bases loaded and two out. He lined a single into right to score Alex Johnson with the winning run.
McNeese State Recap
Central Arkansas Recap

Southeastern Louisiana 10 Lamar 4

HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana University baseball team (17-9, 8-4 Southland Conference) found itself in a familiar situation on Saturday, trailing Lamar (17-10, 6-6 SLC) by two heading into the seventh. However, for the 14th time this year, the Lions rallied for a victory. Southeastern crossed the plate eight times in the bottom of the seventh en route to a 10-4 win on Sunday, claiming a series victory over the Cardinals and climbing back into a tie for first place in the SLC with Texas State.

The Cardinals struck first as left fielder Tyler Link led things off with a solo home run to start the game.

However, the Lions regrouped with a pair of runs in the second inning to take the lead. Sophomore catcher Josh Cryer led off with a base hit to right and a walk to senior right fielder Brian McCants put runners at first and second with no outs.

Junior third baseman Chris Franklin followed with a sacrifice bunt to move the runners into scoring position, and freshman designated hitter Cody Gougler# brought home both runners with a sharp single through the left side, giving the Lions a 2-1 lead after two.

Southeastern Louisiana Recap
Lamar Recap

Northwestern State 17 Sam Houston State 10

HUNTSVILLE, Texas – A 12-run fifth inning sparked by back-to-back two RBI singles from Dan Meyer and Beau Snodgrass and a two run home run from Joe Urtuzuastegui lifted Northwestern State to a 17-10 Southland Conference baseball win over Sam Houston State Sunday afternoon and taking the series two games to one.

The win improved NSU’s record to 12-11 overall and 6-5 in conference play. Sam Houston State fell to 15-10 and 6-6 in the league.

NSU’s 17 runs and 20 hits both were season highs as it belted out 41 hits and scored 33 runs in the series.

First baseman Justin O’Neal finished off an outstanding weekend after going 4-for-6 with four runs batted in and a run scored. For the series, O’Neal went 11-for-14 (.786) from the plate with six RBIs, six runs scored, a home run and two doubles.

Northwestern State Recap
Sam Houston State Recap

Stephen F. Austin 7 Texas State 4

SAN MARCOS, Texas – Joe Staley hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning that gave SFA a lead that it would not give back and Richard Folmer picked up a three-inning save as the `Jacks left town with a 7-4 win over Texas State at Bobcat Baseball Stadium.

SFA (8-16, 3-8 SLC) had trailed the entire game until the sixth inning when Staley capped a two-out rally with a monster three-run home run, the first of his career, to right-center field that gave the `Jacks a 6-4 lead. Texas State (16-9, 8-4 SLC) had their chances in every inning, getting at least one base runner in every inning, but SFA’s bullpen was aided by some solid defense and pitched out of every jam.

Chris Court threw 2.1 innings of one-hit, shutout baseball for his first win of the season while Folmer earned his third save of the year by going three full innings and striking out four.

Stephen F Austin Recap
Texas State Recap

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 14 UTSA 9

SAN ANTONIO – The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team rallied for six runs in the top of the ninth to pull away in a topsy-turvy game with UTSA for a 14-9 win at Roadrunner Field on Sunday.

With the win, the Islanders claimed their first Southland Conference series of the season. After dropping the first game on Friday 10-9, A&M-Corpus Christi won 11-10 on Saturday as the teams combined for 63 runs in the series. The Islanders move to 3-9 in the SLC and are now 11-18 on the year. UTSA, which entered the weekend in a tie for first in the league, is now 15-10 and 7-5.

“This was huge for us,” said Islander head coach Scott Malone. “We showed a lot of life against one of the better teams in the league. We played with a lot of passion which is something that we had not done. I told the guys to enjoy the series win. This really makes you wonder how we got here though, but it makes the guys realize how good we can be.”

Texas A&M Corpus Christi Recap
UT-San Antonio Recap

UT Arlington 6 Nicholls State 5

THIBODAUX, La.- Sophomore Michael Choice went 3-for-5 with a home run and a triple to lead UT Arlington to a 6-5 win over Nicholls in 10 innings to complete the Southland Conference series sweep on Sunday afternoon at Ray E. Didier Field in Thibodaux. The Mavericks came back from a 5-1 deficit to win their seventh straight SLC game and to claim their second consecutive conference series sweep.

UT Arlington improves to 15-11 overall and to 8-4 in the SLC while Nicholls drops to 11-13 overall and to 5-7 in conference play.

Choice hit a solo home run in the first inning – his third of the season – on a towering shot that cleared the bank of lights in left-center field to give the Mavericks their only run and hit of the game until the seventh inning.

The Colonels erupted for four runs on five hits in the first inning off Mavericks starting pitcher Rett Varner. UT Arlington faced more trouble in the first inning as starting right fielder Andrew Kainer suffered an injury that forced him to leave the game after diving for a ball in the right-center field gap.

UT-Arlington Recap
Nicholls State Recap