Southland Conference Recap 04-26-09

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Chris Cappo limited the Bearkats to just four hits and retired ten straight batters at one point.

Central Arkansas 21 at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 6

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The University of Central Arkansas baseball team put away Texas A&M-Corpus Christi early with a 20-6, seven-inning victory at Chapman Field on Sunday afternoon. The Bears, after blowing leads in the first two games of the series, scored in every inning and posted a season-best 20 hits. UCA improves their record to 18-23 overall and 9-15 in Southland play, while the Islanders fall to 16-29 and 8-16.

It was the most runs scored in a SLC game for UCA, and their biggest league win since beating Nicholls State 15-0 on April 15, 2007.

The Islanders used seven pitchers, who combined to allow nine walks and throw four wild pitches. Starter Brett Carnline (3-6) last just a third of an inning, facing six batters.

Central Arkansas Recap
Texas A&M Corpus Christ Recap

Texas State 15 McNeese State 2

SAN MARCOS – Brian Borski pitched his first-career complete game and earned his fifth win of the season, while the Texas State Bobcats scored runs in every inning Sunday afternoon, combining for a 15-2 run rule victory over the McNeese State Cowboys to complete the Southland Conference sweep at Bobcat Field.

Texas State improves to 31-10 on the season and 18-5 in league play, while McNeese State drops to 19-21 and 8-16, respectively.

The Cowboys struck first with an unearned run in the opening inning and SpenserDennis answered in the Bobcats half with an RBI single through the left side to tie the game.

In the bottom of second, Tyler Davis hit Kyle Livingstone and three batters later tossed a wild pitch to score the junior.

Down 2-1, McNeese State scrapped back into the game in the top of the third when Steven Irvine singled to shallow right field and scored on a base hit single from Taylor Freeman.

Texas State Recap
McNeese State Recap

Lamar 14 Northwestern State 2

Brian Taylor went 3-for-5 with five RBI and a second-inning grand slam to spark Lamar to a 14-2 win over Northwestern State at Vincent-Beck Stadium on Sunday.

Lamar (28-17, 14-10 SLC) won its fourth-consecutive game and moved into a tie for third in the Southland standings with Sam Houston State, UT Arlington and UTSA with three weekends remaining in the league race.

Taylor’s homer to right field was his sixth of the season and second of the week after going deep in the first inning of Tuesday’s win at Houston. It was also the second grand slam for Lamar this season – Tyler Link hit one against Austin Peay on Feb. 21.

Those four runs were part of a five-run second in which the Cardinals erased the Demons’ 2-0 advantage that was obtained on Justin O’Neal’s two-run homer down the right field line in the top of the first.

The Cardinals added five more runs in the third when they sent 11 men to the plate, collecting just four hits while benefitting from three walks and an error on a sacrifice bunt.

Lamar Recap
Northwestern State Recap

Southeastern Louisiana 13 Sam Houston State 6

HUNTSVILLE, Texas – After snapping the Bearkats 10-game winning streak on Friday and claiming a series win over Sam Houston State on Saturday, the Southeastern Louisiana University baseball team (26-17, 15-9 Southland Conference) completed a three-game sweep of the SLC-rival SHSU BEarkats (28-16, 14-10 SLC) with a 13-6 win on Sunday.

The Lions entered Sunday’s series finale in a three-way tie with the Bearkats and the Texas-Arlington Mavericks, but, thanks to Southeastern’s win and a UTA loss to Stephen F. Austin, the Lions now find themselves in sole posession of second place in the SLC standings.

Judging by the first three innings, it looked like the Lions and Bearkats had a pitcher’s duel in store. Southeastern right handed starter Chris Cappo faced the minimum through three innings and held the Bearkats scoreless through four. Cappo allowed just four hits on the day to the team with the second-best batting average (.339) in the SLC, and retired ten consecutive batters at one point.

Meanwhile, the Lions struggled early on against Bearkat lefty Brent Powers. Powers retired the first seven Lion hitters before Southeastern managed consecutive one-out base hits in the third.

Southeastern Louisiana Recap
Sam Houston State Recap

Stephen F. Austin 4 UT Arlington 3

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Zach Gardner scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the 10th inning on Sunday as SFA knocked off UTA, 4-3, in the series finale to complete a three-game sweep of the Mavs.

SFA (19-23, 10-13 SLC) had never before swept UTA (23-20, 14-10 SLC) in a three-game series, but now have taken eight of the last 10 meetings between the two teams dating back to 2007. The win, along with other results around the league, leaves the `Jacks as the No. 8 seed in the SLC Tournament if it were to start today. They are 2.5 games clear of the next-closest team, and are just a half-game back of Northwestern State for the No. 7 seed.

Richard Folmer got the win, his first of the year, with 2.0 innings of scoreless relief. He finished up the week with three saves to go along with the win in four appearances. It looked as though Brett Rogers was going to be in line for the win as the freshman left after 7.0 innings with a 3-1 lead. He walked three and struck out four, but only allowed five hits to the 30 batters he faced.

Stephen F Austin Recap
UT-Arlington Recap

UTSA 6 Nicholls State 5

THIBODAUX, La. — Sophomore Brett Aguilar made the first home run of his two-year career a memorable one, as he launched a two-run shot with two down in the eighth to propel UTSA to a 6-5 come-from-behind victory on Sunday at Nicholls.

The Roadrunners (25-18, 14-10 SLC) completed their second Southland Conference sweep of the season (12th in last three years), extended their winning streak to a half dozen contests and posted their 13th comeback win of the spring. UTSA will enter next weekend’s I-35 rivalry series against Texas State in third place in the league standings, one game back of Southeastern Louisiana (Birds took 2-of-3 from Lions earlier this season) and five behind the Bobcats.

“I thought we played really well across the board this weekend,” ninth-year head coach Sherman Corbett said. “We got timely hits and solid pitching when we needed them and I thought we played good defense. It was big to come over here and get a sweep at a really tough place to play. We need to carry the momentum from this week’s wins into Tuesday’s doubleheader at Baylor and next weekend against Texas State.”

UT-San Antonio Recap
Nicholls State Recap