Cowboys Even Series With 'Jacks
April 13, 2013
LAKE CHARLES, La. - Just one night after nearly being no-hit, McNeese State pounded out 14 hits and evened the series while snapping Stephen F. Austin's five-game win streak with an 8-1 win in the second game of the series on Saturday at Cowboy Diamond.
Freshman Cowboy (19-14, 6-5 SLC) starter Bryce Kingsley allowed just three hits in 7.0 innings of work in earning the win to go to 6-3 on the year, getting the benefit of three double plays on the day from his defense.
The Cowboys mustered just two hits in the series opener, both coming in the ninth inning, but had six players with two hits apiece in Saturday's matinee. Andrew Guillotte led the way out of the nine-hole, driving in three runs in a 2-for-4 afternoon.
SFA (17-17, 7-4 SLC) managed just five hits on the day, with two of them coming from Hunter Dozier who finished 2-for-4 with a double, the 50th of his Lumberjack career.
Kyle Cross shouldered the loss for the `Jacks, falling to 4-3 on the year, allowing six runs - four earned - on 10 hits in 4.1 innings.
SFA helped the Cowboys get on the board in the bottom of the first when an error on Dozier just behind the second-base bag allowed Connor Lloyd to score from third with two outs after he had reached on a leadoff single.
Two innings later McNeese had a chance to break the game open after three straight singles loaded the bases with none out; however, Cross coaxed a double-play ball from Tyler Klouser that plated a run, then got Cameron Toole to ground out, minimizing the damage with the Cowboys up just 2-0 after three innings.
SFA finally got on the board in the top of the fourth, cutting the lead to 2-1 on a two-out RBI single from Max Lamantia which scored Dozier. Cross responded with a perfect fourth, but was not as fortunate in the fifth when consecutive one-out hits from Michael Sullivan and Taylor Drake put runners on second and third for Matt Williams, who delivered an RBI single to push the lead to 3-1.
One batter later a bunt single by Klouser scored another Cowboy run and forced Cross from the game. Two batters later Andrew Guillotte blooped a single into shallow center field to score a run, while an errant throw from Rene' Moreda in center field on the play allowed another to score, capping a four-run inning for the Cowboys that gave them a 6-1 lead.
The Cowboys added two more runs in the bottom of the seventh to push the lead to 8-1 on four straight singles, including a two-run single from Guillotte down the left-field line.
SFA will try one more time to clinch the series against the Cowboys in the finale on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in Lake Charles. Justin Choate will get the start for SFA, opposed by lefty Trey McGree for McNeese State.