Southland Conference Recap 04-11-09

Keith Kulbeth went 1-for-3 with an RBI, singling to right center in the third.
Keith Kulbeth went 1-for-3 with an RBI, singling to right center in the third.

Nicholls State 3 Central Arkansas 0

THIBODAUX, La. – Junior righthander Tyler Minto (Mobile, Ala./Alabama Southern CC) tossed a complete game shut out as the Colonels picked up a 3-0 victory over Central Arkansas Sunday afternoon at Ray E. Didier Field.

Minto, who made his eighth start of the season, scattered six hits through nine complete innings. The righty fanned a career-high nine batters and did not issue a walk in the outing.

“I’m really proud of Tyler [Minto],” said Colonel skipper Chip Durham. “Our defense was good and our offense showed who we really are. We’re scrappy. we draw walks, get hit and steal bases to put guys in scoring position.”

In the bottom of the second, Jason Dennis (Mobile, Ala./Alabama Southern CC) knocked a single to right center, scoring Adam Miley (Baton Rouge, La./Bosier Parish CC) and Josh Labiche (Reserve, La./Delgado CC) for a 2-0 Colonel lead.

Nicholls extended the lead to 3-0 in the third, adding a run when Keith Kulbeth (Opelousas, La./Westminister Christian Academy) singled in Chris Murrill (Mobile, Ala./Alabama Southern CC).

Nicholls State Recap
Central Arkansas Recap

Sam Houston State 8 Lamar 5

HUNTSVILLE – Second baseman Braeden Riley’s two-run single sparked a five-run sixth inning as Sam Houston State came from behind to defeat Lamar 8-5 to take a Southland Conference baseball series from the Cardinals Saturday at Don Sanders Stadium.

The win marked the 17th time this spring the Bearkats have rallied from a deficit to earn a victory. Sam Houston took two of three games in the SLC series with Lamar to up its season record to 20-13 and its league mark to 11-7.

Lamar (23-13, SLC 10-8) jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a run in both the third and fourth inning.

Riley went 2-for-5 at the plate with three RBIs as Sam Houston totaled eight hits. Both Tyler Link and Chris Dunkin were 2-for-4 as Lamar totaled nine hits.

Brent Powers (1-0) was the winning pitcher, spreading six hits over seven innings while striking out seven Cardinals. Will Skelton picked up his first save of the season, pitching the final inning and one third.

Sam Houston State Recap
Lamar Recap

McNeese State 2 at UT Arlington 1

ARLINGTON, TX – McNeese State struck back here Saturday with a 2-1 10 inning victory over UT Arlington.

The game, a Southland Conference outing, completed the series between the two teams and averted a sweep by the Mavericks who had won the first two outings.

A sacrifice fly by Tony Coniglio drove in Sam Merrill with the winning run. Jordan LeGros, who had relieved starter Tommy Luce in the ninth inning, then put the Mavericks down on three straight strikeouts after a leadoff single in the bottom of the 10th.

LeGros got the win as he pitched the final 1.2 innings, giving up but one hit while striking out four. Luce had hurled 8.1 innings of seven hit, one run ball and he struckout seven.

The victory sends McNeese’s record on the season to 15-16 and its conference mark to 6-12. UTA goes to 18-16 overall and to 11-7 in league play.

The win also lifted LeGros’ record to 2-1. The loser was Adam Boydston, the second UTA pitcher,and he is now 0-2.

UTA had opened the scoring in the sixth inning, getting one run on one hit. A single by Ryan Davis plated the run.

UT-Arlington Recap
McNeese State Recap

Northwestern State 9   UTSA 4

Texas State 4 Southeastern Louisiana 3

SAN MARCOS – A timely home run from Paul Goldschmidt broke open a four inning lull for the Texas State Bobcats and tied the game at 3-3 and Chris Franklin unraveled on the mound to walk in the game-winning run as the team seized a 4-3 win over the Southeastern Louisiana Lions Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Field to complete the weekend sweep.

With the win, Texas State grabbed its first Southland Conference sweep since the opening weekend of action against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The Bobcats are now 23-10 overall and 13-5 in the SLC and remain in first place.

SLU falls to 20-13 overall and 10-8 in the league. The sweep was the first time this season the Lions have lost three-straight games.

“Personally, it is what I anticipated for this game,” said head coach Ty Harrington. “I knew (SLU) would come out and play as hard as they could and they did. We responded well in the second half of the game and did what we needed to do to beat this team and we did.”

Down 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth, Texas State responded when Franklin went to mound to grab two outs, but left with two earned runs and his second loss of the season.

Texas State Recap
Southeastern Louisiana Recap

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 8 Stephen F. Austin 6

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball received a solid balance of hitting and pitching Saturday afternoon to down Stephen F. Austin 8-6 claiming its second Southland Conference series in the past three weeks.

“Today was a great way to finish off a series,” said head coach Scott Malone. “Whether at home or at UTSA it is never easy to win a series in the Southland Conference. It was an important win. We aren’t counting wins to get in the tournament in May. Our focus is to see how many series we can win. If we win series we put ourselves in a position to make the tournament. We have to take it one game at a time.”

The Islanders, who move to 13-22 overall and 5-13 in the SLC, scored multiple runs in the second, third and fourth innings while limiting SFA to one in each of the same innings to a take a 7-3 lead.

Texas A&M Corpus Christi Recap
Stephen F Austin Recap