Southland Conference recap for April 9th

This is your SLC recap for April 9th.

Carson Smith is 4-2 on the season after tonight's 14-2 win over Central Arkansas.

UT Arlington 7 #22 Southeastern Louisiana 6

Chad Comer went 4-for-5 and hit the game-winning, two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning to give UT Arlington a 7-6 victory over No. 22 Southeastern Louisiana in front of 789 fans Friday night at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field.

UT Arlington (15-15, 8-5 SLC) had 17 hits with every starter recording at least one while the Lions (24-7, 8-5 SLC) lose for just the third time (15-3) at home this season.

The victory was UT Arlington’s first this season when trailing after eight innings and it marked the Mavs’ first victory over a nationally-ranked opponent this season. UTA is now 9-15 against ranked opponents under third-year head coach Darin Thomas.

Junior Garrett Laird (1-0) won his first game this season pitching a scoreless eighth inning and Logan Bawcom picked up his third save this year throwing a scoreless ninth inning. Bawcom ended the game with runners at the corner while striking out Lions’ pinch hitter Phillip Freeman on a 1-2 pitch.

After Southeastern Louisiana scored four runs off Maverick starting pitcher Jason Mitchell in the sixth to take a 5-2 lead, UT Arlington answered with back-to-back run scoring doubles by Steffan Guest and Comer in the seventh inning. FULL STORY

Texas State 14 Central Arkansas 2

Laurn Randell went 5-for-5 with a pair of triples and a two-run home run to highlight Texas State’s 14-2 run-rule victory over Central Arkansas Friday night at Bobcat Field. The win marks the second run-rule for the Bobcats in conference play this season.

Texas State is now 10-3 in Southland Conference play and 18-10 overall, while UCA drops to 3-10 and 9-20, respectively. Randell catapulted the Bobcats offense with a leadoff base hit into centerfield and five hits rounded out the innings for a 7-0 lead out of the gate.

"I thought our energy level tonight before the game started was really good," said head coach Ty Harrington. "It was different from Tuesday night and our performance showed it."

With two outs in the first, Randell had another turn at bat and sent the final run of the frame across, driving a triple to left center. FULL STORY

Lamar 16 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 3

Quentin Luquette drove in a career-high seven runs Friday night, and Andy Mena added four RBIs as Lamar University overpowered Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 16-3 in a Southland Conference game ended after eight innings by the mercy rule.

Luquette, a senior outfielder from Klein High School, hit a three-run double in the second inning, helping the Cardinals race to an early 10-0 lead after four innings. He earlier had a run-scoring triple to centerfield in the first inning, and he added a three-run double to left field in the eighth inning.

After Ryan Meade walked and Pablo Salinas singled in the fourth inning, Mena, a junior second baseman from Huffman Hargrave, slugged his first home run of the season, and he also had an RBI double in the sixth inning.

Junior outfielder Ted Zentek contributed a two-run double to the Cardinals’ 15-hit attack in the third inning.

Starting pitcher Matison Smith, a senior right-hander from Nederland, was the benefactor of the Cardinals’ offensive explosion that snapped a three-game losing streak. He allowed seven hits, struck out six batters and walked three in 7.2 innings while improving his season record to 5-1. FULL STORY

McNeese State 14 Sam Houston State 1

McNeese State ran its winning streak to 10 games with a 14-1 victory over Sam Houston State in the first game of a three game Southland Conference baseball series here Friday.

The game ended after seven innings because of the 10 run rule, McNeese having scored all of its runs in three innings – three in the second, seven in the fourth and four in the sixth. Sam Houston got its lone run in the second.

The Cowboys ran their record to 18-11 overall and to 9-4 in league play and Sam Hosuton fell to 13-18 overall and to 6-7 in the SLC.

Righthander Dustin Lloyd went all the way to record his first complete game and his second pitching victory of the season for the Cowboys. He gave up eight hits, the one run and he struckout seven.

While he was holding down the Sam Houston bats, his teammates were piling up 17 hits with Jace Peterson extending his hitting streak to 21 games, Andy Riche’ his to 15 games and Steven Irvine his to 13 games. FULL STORY

Nicholls State 7 Northwestern State 4

Facing an early 1-0 deficit, the Colonels did all their scoring in the fifth, as a seven-run frame propelled the Nicholls State University baseball team (15-14, 6-7 Southland Conference) to a 7-4 win in the opener of a three-game series with the Northwestern State Demons (19-10, 7-5 Southland) at Ray E. Didier Field on Friday night.

The Colonels fell behind early on against in what started as a pitchers’ duel between Nicholls’ Jarret Dunnam and Northwestern State’s Luke Irvine. Dunnam allowed a third inning solo homer to Demon left fielder Eric DeBlanc, but otherwise dominated Northwestern State.

The southpaw Saraland, Ala. native allowed just three runs on nine hits while walking two and striking out six over 6.2 IP. With the exception of DeBlanc’s solo shot, Dunnam allowed just five base runners over the first 6.0 innings. FULL STORY

Stephen F. Austin 4 UTSA 2

Jarid Scarafiotti delivered a two-run single in the top of the seventh and the SFA pitching staff struck out a season-high 13 hitters in a 4-2 win over UTSA at Roadrunner Field, snapping a 10-game losing streak for the `Jacks in San Antonio dating back to 1993.

The last time the `Jacks (20-9, 8-4 Southland) won in San Antonio was April 18, 1993, with the `Runners (12-16, 3-10 Southland) having swept each of the two series’ played in the Alamo City since 2006; however, Friday was a different story as the `Jacks never trailed and pounded out 10 hits against two UTSA pitchers.

Tyler Herriage moved to 5-2 on the year after striking out eight hitters and walking just three in six innings of work, before giving way to Cory Ochs and Jason West who combined to strike out five hitters in three shutout innings. Three of those punchouts went to Ochs in two frames of work, while the last two were from West in a scoreless ninth that resulted in his sixth save of the season.

Casey Selsor fell to 4-3 for the `Runners despite pitching a solid game with a career-best seven strikeouts in 6.2 innings. FULL STORY