Southland Conference Recap 4-18-09

Photo Credit: GoBearkats.com

Photo Credit: GoBearkats.com

This is the Southland Conference Recap for Friday. The weather has pushed back two series until Saturday, the UT-San Antonio/Lamar and the Texas State/Northwestern State series.

Sam Houston State 6 Nicholls State 0

THIBODAUX, La. – Freshman Sean Weatherford pitched the first complete game of the year for the Bearkats as Sam Houston State shut out Nicholls State 6-0 Friday night.

Weatherford held the Colonels to five hits and struck out eight Colonel batters as the Bearkats lifted their record to 23-13 for the year and extended their current winning streak to five games. Sam Houston stands 12-7 in Southland play.

Second baseman Braeden Riley led the Kats at the plate, going three-for-five. Riley started the game with a single in the first inning, stole second and scored on an Nicholls error on a Nick Zaleski ground ball.

Sam Houston State Recap
Nicholls State Recap

Stephen F. Austin at McNeese State Suspended to 4/18, rain (3-1 SFA, top 7)

LAKE CHARLES, La. – The SFA baseball team took a 3-1 lead over McNeese State into the seventh inning before rain forced the game to be suspended until 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.

Tanner Hines and Zach Gardner had combined for five hits and SFA starter Erich Lehmann was cruising through 6.1 innings of work before lightning in the area forced a delay that was soon followed by rain that doused the outfield at Cowboy Diamond.

The game was called with one out in the bottom of the seventh with Andy Riche’ at the plate with an 0-2 count against Lehmann, and is the spot where the game will be resumed on Saturday.

Southeastern Louisiana 4 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 3

HAMMOND – Sophomore center fielder Cass Hargis hit for the cycle to spark the Lion offense and junior third baseman/closer Chris Franklin held off the Islanders to set a new single season school record with his ninth save as the Southeastern Louisiana University baseball team (22-14, 11-8 Southland Conference) rallied for the 4-3 win against Texas A&M Corpus Christi (13-25, 5-14 SLC) in the opener of a three-game series on Friday night.

Hargis got things started for the Lions by launching his third homer of the year in his first turn at the plate. The solo shot put the Lions up 1-0 after one.

However, the Southeastern lead would be short-lived as the Islanders plated pair of runs off of Lion junior starter Ryan Boudreaux in the fourth.

Islander starter Brandon Orr held Southeastern scoreless from the second through the fifth, but Southeastern rallied to tie things up at 2-2 in the sixth.

Hargis, who singled and was stranded in the fourth, tripled to left center with one out. An intentional walk to senior left fielder Brandon Street followed.

Southeastern Louisiana Recap
Texas A&M Corpus Christi Recap

UT Arlington 11 Central Arkansas 2

CONWAY, Ark. – UT Arlington scored four runs in the third and six runs in the ninth inning on its way to an 11-2 series-opening victory over Central Arkansas on Friday night at Bear Stadium in Conway. UT Arlington (20-17, 12-7) left-handed pitcher Ryan Robinson held the Bears (16-18-8-11) scoreless through seven innings on his way to his team-leading fourth victory this season.

The Mavericks had at least one base hit from eight players while outhitting the Bears, 13-9. In the victory, senior designated hitter Andrew Kainer went 2-for-4 to continue his career-high hit streak to 24 games.

The Mavericks pulled ahead early with four runs in the third inning, sparked by a three-run double to left field by catcher Chad Comer. Comer’s double made the score 4-0, after UT Arlington scored its first run of the game on an RBI single through the left side by senior Matt Otteman. All of the Mavericks’ runs in the inning came with two outs.

Otteman finished the game 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI and two runs scored while Comer led all players with four RBI.

Robinson allowed base hits in three of the first seven innings, but never got into trouble allowing only two runners to advance past first base after seven innings of play. Robinson retired the Bears in order in the second, fourth, sixth and seventh innings, and he got out of the third inning on a groundball-double play.

UT-Arlington Recap
Central Arkansas Recap