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Southland Conference recap 03/27/2010

This is your SLC recap for Saturday

#27 Southeastern Louisiana 5 Central Arkansas 4

The No. 21 Southeastern Louisiana baseball team clinched a third consecutive Southland Conference series win over Central Arkansas with a 5-4 victory Saturday at Alumni Field. The Lions improved to 22-2 overall and 7-1 in league play.

UCA took an early 1-0 in the top of the first, but the Lions immediately countered. After taking a walk, Justin Boudreaux worked his way around the base paths, stealing second and then advancing to third on a wild pitch. He made his way home on a Josh Cryer single through the right side.

The visitors scored again in the top of the second to regain the lead, but the home team put two across in the bottom of the frame. Brock Hebert doubled to bring in Chris Ernest. Two batters later, Boudreaux singled in Hebert to give the Lions their first lead of the day, 3-2.

Central Arkansas tied the game with one run in the fifth, and proceeded to go back in front by scoring one in the seventh. FULL STORY

Texas State 12 Lamar 1

Michael Russo tossed seven sound innings and Kyle Kubitza went 3-for-4, batting in five runs as the Texas State Bobcats took a 12-1 run-ruling victory over the Lamar Cardinals Sunday afternoon at Bobcat Field. The win marked head coach Ty Harrington’s 350th-career win at the helm of the Bobcat baseball team.

Texas State improves to 13-8 overall and 6-2 in Southland Conference play and claims its third-straight league series. Lamar falls to 15-8 overall and 2-6 against the league.

Russo earned his third win of the season in the seven-inning stint, striking out five batters, including a pair in the fourth to retire the side in order. Russo allowed just one run and eight hits on the day.

Texas State complemented Russo’s effort on the mound with a five-run first inning. Tyler Sibley and Bret Atwood led off with a pair of singles and Jason Martinson was intentionally walked to load the bases with one out. Jeff McVaney roped in the first run with a single to shallow centerfield and Kubitza followed with a base hit drilled through the right side to score Atwood and Martinson for the three-run edge. Laurn Randell polished off the five-hit inning with an RBI single to right field, before a groundout from Kopycinski brought in Kubitza for the early 5-0 lead.

A fielding error from Lamar could have prevented Texas State’s three-run inning the followed, but a two-out rally highlighted by back-to-back doubles pushed the Bobcat lead to eight.

Texas State tacked on its final quartet of runs in the third with Kubitza’s two-out base hit plating the final pair. Kubitza posted his third three-hit game of the season and brought in a career-high five RBI this afternoon. FULL STORY

Sam Houston State 9 UTSA 6

Centerfielder Mark Hudson went 4-for-5 with four RBIs including a pair of home runs to lead Sam Houston to a 9-6 Southland Conference baseball victory Saturday at Roadrunner Field.

The victory gives the Bearkats a 2-0 lead in the series which will be concluded Sunday afternoon. Sam Houston (10-13 5-3 Southland), which now has won five games in a row, totaled 16 hits in Saturday’s contest.

Sam Houston head coach Mark Johnson moved to with one win of becoming the 16th active NCAA Division I baseball coach to post 1,000 career coaching victories. Johnson has compiled a 999-517-3 in 25 years of coaching at Texas A&M and SHSU. He will be the 44th coach in NCAA Division I to total 1,000 career wins.

With the Kats trailing 4-1 in the top of the fifth inning, Hudson blasted a three-run home run to left field as SHSU jumped ahead 5-4. Hudson added a solo home run in the seventh. The junior posted his 14th multi-hit game of the season.

Second baseman Braeden Rily also went 4-for-5, scoring three runs for the Bearkats. Designated hitter Chris Andreas was 2-for-5 at the plate. Taylor Davis, Daniel Nottebart, Ryan Mooney and Doug Oney each had RBIs for Sam Houston. FULL STORY

Nicholls State 11 Stephen F. Austin 1

The Colonels pounded out 13 hits and junior lefty Clint Dempster notched his first career complete game as the Nicholls State University baseball team (13-9, 4-4 Southland Conference) evened its three-game conference series with Stephen F. Austin (14-7, 5-2 Southland) by invoking the ten-run rule against the Lumberjacks and winning 11-1 in seven innings on Saturday.

Four different Colonels recorded multi-hit contests, lead by Kasey Culverson’s 3-for-3 day. Chase Jaramillo went 2-for-2 with two RBI and three runs, Brady Bourque was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI, and Bear Comer went 2-for-4 with a run and a pair of RBI, the second of which came on a bases loaded walk in the Colonels’ four-run seventh inning to plate the 11th run of the game and end it.

Dempster labored early in the day, passing the 50 pitch mark before the end of the third inning. However, the Thibodaux native soon settled in, retiring ten consecutive batters from the third through the sixth. Dempster limited the best hitting team in the league to just six hits and three walks over 7.0 IP. Dempster allowed an RBI single in the sixth, but struck out five and stranded nine Lumberjack runners to keep SFA in check. FULL STORY

McNeese State 13 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 12

he McNeese State Cowboys picked up their second straight win over the Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Islanders in dramatic fashion with a 13-12 win here Saturday afternoon.

McNeese (10-11, 4-4) headed into the bottom of the ninth inning with the score knotted at 12 before Jace Peterson kicked off the winning effort with his fourth hit of the game. With the bases loaded and one out Daniel Zaunbrecher, in his first at bat of the game, reached first on a fielder’s choice that drove home Peterson. Islander catcher Omar Garcia fumbled the play at the plate allowing Peterson to score safely on the error to win the game.

Corpus Christi (10-13, 3-5) jumped out to an early 6-0 lead after Cowboy starter Jaden Dillon threw just 20 pitches in the first inning, giving up five runs and recording just one out.

The Cowboy bats came alive, however, scoring three runs in the bottom of the third and six more in the fifth, capitalizing on four doubles hit in that inning. McNeese tagged on one more in the sixth to go ahead 11-8 before the Islanders put up three runs of their own in the seventh to tie up the contest.

“We found a way to win and that’s the good thing I’ll take out of yesterday and today,” said McNeese State head coach Terry Burrows. “But we really have to do a better job on the mound.”

The win was the fourth straight one run ball game McNeese has been involved in. The last two were picked up for victories after the Cowboys won Friday’s outing over Corpus Christi 11-10 in 10 innings. FULL STORY

Northwestern State 11 UT Arlington 5

Northwestern State pounded out 16 hits while the Demon bullpen closed the door on Texas-Arlington as NSU beat the Mavs 11-5 to set up the rubber match of the Southland Conference baseball series at 1 on Sunday.

With the win, the Demons improve to 16-5 overall and 4-3 in league play while UTA fell to 11-12 and 4-4 in the conference.

Every player in the lineup got a hit with Oscar Garcia led the way by going 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs. Chase Lyles added a 2-for-5 game with two RBIs and a home run. It’s his third of the season and 26th in his career, tying him for fourth on the NSU all-time career home run list.

The bottom four players in the lineup consisting of Justin Martinez, Matthew Farmer, Aaron Munoz, and Eric DeBlanc, combined to go 8-for-14 with four RBIs, five runs scored, a double, and a home run – that coming off the bat of Martinez who hit his second home run in the last three games.

“We talked before the game about our lack of energy on Saturday games,” said NSU head coach J.P. Davis. “We came out today with intense focus and energy and it showed.

“We did a really good job offensively on (UTA starting pitcher Rett) Varner,” said Davis. “We forced him to change his gameplan by getting after his fast ball early on.” FULL STORY

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