FROM SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE RELEASE
Texas State can win the Southland Conference title outright with a victory Saturday against UT Arlington. The Bobcats can also earn a share of the regular-season championship in defeat provided that Northwestern State also loses in its series finale vs. Southeastern Louisiana. The Lions and Bobcats would finish with identical conference records in that scenario and while they would share the conference regular-season title, Southeastern would be the No. 1 seed in next week’s conference tournament since it won two of three games against Texas State earlier this season. Northwestern State can win an outright championship should it beat Southeastern on Saturday and Texas State lose. The eighth and final seed is still not determined entering the final day of the regular season. Nicholls leads UTSA by one game. A Colonels’ win or a Roadrunners’ loss puts Nicholls in the tournament. A Colonels’ loss and a UTSA win send the Roadrunners to Corpus Christi for the tournament since the Roadrunners own the tiebreaker between the teams by virtue of its regular-season sweep.
No. 29 Texas State 6, McNeese State 3
LAKE CHARLES, La. – Sophomore Mitchell Pitts earned his fifth win of the season Sunday afternoon at Cowboy Diamond after tossing seven complete innings and holding McNeese State to just one run off four hits while striking out four in No. 29 Texas State’s 6-3 series-clinching victory.
The Bobcats improved to 30-17 overall and 20-7 in Southland Conference action with its eighth league series of the season. Texas State holds a game-and-a-half lead over Stephen F. Austin (32-13, 18-8 Southland) in the league standings for first place.
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UT Arlington 1, Stephen F. Austin 0
ARLINGTON, Texas - Jason Mitchell threw a three-hit shutout and Preston Beck hit a walk-off double to lead UT Arlington to a 1-0 victory over Stephen F. Austin Friday at Clay Gould Ballpark.
The victory puts the Mavericks (25-22, 17-8 Southland Conference) in second place in the conference with a narrow lead in the standings over the Lumberjacks (30-13, 16-8 Southland), who dropped just their fourth road game of the season (15-4).
#20 Arizona vs. #3 Arizona State
The Wildcats were riding high 2 weeks ago with consecutive series victories, that is before they ran into UCLA’s Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer, and weren’t able to recover this past weekend as they were almost swept by USC when visiting Dedeaux Field this past weekend and squeaking out a late victory with a 6-run 8th inning. They travel to Tempe, where they were victorious in their last meeting 2 weeks ago, 4-2. Arizona State is 7-1 since, including their most impressive road sweep of UCLA this weekend. Zack MacPhee was sick with the flu in the last matchup, and Drew Maggi laid an egg at the plate. If these two can get on base effectively in Tuesday’s matchup, I see Arizona State taking this game handily.
Here is your Southland Conference Recap for April 30th. Courtesy of the Southland Conference.
Nicholls 5, Southeastern Louisiana 3
THIBODAUX, La. – Nicholls junior left hander Clint Dempster delivered a dominant performance Friday night in a 5-3 win over Southeastern Louisiana in the opener of a three-game Southland Conference series. The junior struck out 16 and allowed just one earned run in turning in his third complete game of the season.
The Colonel defense committed a pair of costly errors that led to unearned runs in the first and second innings as the Colonels fell behind 2-0. However, Dempster took control the rest of the way. The Thibodaux native didn’t allow a runner to reach second base from the third through the sixth innings and fanned 16 Lion batters, bettering his previous career high of 11 set April 2 at UT Arlington.
This is you SLC recap for April 25th.
#20 Southeastern Louisiana 11 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 3
Chris Franklin made the most of his first career start on the mound as he recorded a complete-game four-hitter and helped No. 20-ranked Southeastern Louisiana to an 11-3 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the final game of a Southland Conference series Sunday at Chapman Field.
This is yours SLC recap for April 24th.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 11 #20 Southeastern Louisiana 5
The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team jumped out to a 7-0 lead Saturday at Chapman Field and never looked back handing Southeastern Louisiana an 11-5 defeat.
This is your SLC recap for April 23.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 10 #20 Southeastern Louisiana 5
It took a solid start on the mound from Jake Liedka, a family visit for Chris Vergne, a record-breaking performance by Trey Hernandez and several other key performances for the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team to hand No.-20 Southeastern Louisiana a 10-5 loss in the series opener at Chapman Field on Friday. The series continues on Saturday at 2 p.m. with finale on Sunday at 1 p.m.
This is your SLC recap for April 18th.
#23 Southeastern Louisiana 9 Texas State 6
Senior Chris Franklin went 2-for-5 at the plate with three RBI before pitching the final two innings to record his seventh save as No. 23-ranked Southeastern Louisiana withstood a Texas State rally and earned a 9-6 Southland Conference victory Sunday at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field.
This is your SLC recap for April 17th.
Texas State 12 #23 Southeastern Louisiana 10
Southeastern Louisiana put the tying run on base in the bottom of the eleventh, but Garret Carruth earned his third win of the season warding off the foe with a fanned batter and a groundout straight off his chin to hand Texas State a 12-10 extra-inning victory over the 23rd-ranked foe Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field.