NACOGDOCHES, Texas - University of Houston pitchers Donnie Joseph, Barry Laird, Chris Wright and Bryan Tully combined to limit Stephen F. Austin to only five hits in a 4-0 shutout win at SFA’s Jaycees Field on Tuesday.
Laird earned the win and evened his season record at 1-1 after limiting the Lumberjacks to two hits with three strikeouts in three innings. However, the Baytown native was only part of a strong pitching effort by the Cougars.
Freshman southpaw Donnie Joseph earned the start and set the tone for the entire game, holding the Lumberjacks to only three hits in the first four innings.
SFA was able to garner only five hits, with Zach Gardner and Chris Smith nabbing two apiece. Jared Pitts had the other hit. Smith was 2-for-2 with a walk and Gardner was 2-for-4 and extended his hit streak to 14 games.
Houston (18-14) will return to action on Friday when the Cougars host crosstown-rival Rice, ranked fifth in the NCBWA poll, in a key Conference USA series. Stephen F. Austin (18-17) will jump back into Southland Conference play this weekend, facing Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Fairgrounds Field in Robstown, Texas.
Stephen F. Austin recap
The Southland Conference has released their Player of the Week in Zach Etheredge who went 9-20 at the plate to lead UTSA to a 4-1 record on the week. Jesse Marshall of Sam Houston State picked up the Pitcher of the Week award by pitching 8.1 shutout innings in a 3-0 shutout on Friday over Texas A&M Corpus Christi. He only allowed three hits and three walks to get the win.
Sam Houston State Release
The McNeese State Cowboys were picked to finish in 1st place in the East Division of the Southland conference by both the media and the coaches. In the West Division it is an absolute mess. The Coaches poll is led by the University of Texas-Arlington and Texas State which tied for first place. The Media poll is led by UT-Arlington but University of Texas-San Antonio is right behind them with the second most first place votes. The full release is available in HTML format and PDF format.
One of my loyal readers forwarded me a story about the upcoming auction dinner on Feb. 3rd for the Sam Houston State Bearkat baseball team. The dinner will feature guest speaker Nolan Ryan who was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1999. The full press release is available here.
There is also a recent feature on the SHSU website with new Bearkat head coach Mark Johnson in which he talks about the upcoming season which is available here. The Bearkats open the season on Feb. 8th against BYU. Full Schedule available here.
I am trying to keep this site updated with the most current releases of schedules for the 2007 season. The schools below have released their schedules in the last week.
Stephen F. Austin