HAMMOND — Adam Oiler struck out nine in a complete game as Northwestern State won the series opener 3-1 against Southeastern in the matchup of the top two teams in the Southland Conference.
Oiler (5-1), who allowed five hits and didn’t issue a walk, retired the final nine batters of the game to notch his third complete game of the season.
Second baseman David Fry knocked his second home run of the season, a two-out solo shot in the second inning, to give Northwestern State an early lead. The Demons (17-11, 9-3 SLC) added two more runs in the fifth, extending their lead to 3-0 as Matthew Alford had an RBI double and Joel Atkinson drove in Alford with a two-out triple.
SLU closed to 3-1 in the sixth on Kevin Carr’s two-out double.
Tate Scioneaux (5-2) suffered the loss, surrendering three runs in seven innings.
Southeastern has lost consecutive games for just the third time this season.
McNEESE STATE 7, UNO 3: Andrew Guillotte’s RBI single broke a seventh-inning tie and Cameron Toole’s two-run home run in a three-run eighth capped McNeese State’s Southland Conference victory over UNO at Cowboy Diamond.
UNO (11-18, 2-8 SLC) tied the game at 3-3 with two runs in the top of the seventh, with a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt scoring the first run and Chaz Boyer knotting the game with an RBI groundout for the second run. But McNeese (18-12, 8-5) pulled away in its final two at-bats.
In the bottom of the seventh, Joe Preovnzano singled and snagged two bases on an error before being driven in by an RBI single from Guillotte that put the Cowboys ahead for good.
In the eighth, James Cantu reached on an infield single but appeared to touch the ball while running up the line. Cantu was awarded first base after a discussion and three runs came across, capped off by a Toole’s shot.
UNO took a 1-0 lead on Ryan Callaway’s RBI single in the third, but Connor Crane’s two-run single in the bottom of the inning gave the Cowboys a 2-1 lead. Guillotte’s RBI double pushed the advantage to 3-1 in the fifth.
McNeese’s Kaleb Fontenot (4-3) allowed just two earned runs off three hits and two walks, with six strikeouts in eight innings.
“Kaleb was good for us all night long,” McNeese coach Justin Hill said. “He overcame a little struggle in the fifth but was able to keep the innings small. He also worked around a throwing error that could have made it ugly but our guys made the plays tonight. They made the play when it was 3-3, and our guys came in and responded well.”
UNO tallied just four hits.
Guillotte and Crane each had two RBIs. Cantu went 2-for-4 with a run. Provenzano was 1-for-3 with two runs and a walk. Toole wound up 1-for-2 with two RBIs and scored three runs.
NICHOLLS STATE 4, INCARNATE WORD 1: In Thibodaux, Ryan Deemes (4-0) struck out seven in 7.1 innings and Stuart Holmes locked down his 10th save of the season by striking out five of the six batters he faced to lead Nicholls State (16-12-1, 6-7 SLC) past Incarnate Word (11-17, 2-8 SLC).
Nicholls scored three runs in the second to take a 3-1 lead behind Christian Correa’s RBI double, Joey Morales’ RBI single and Correa’s score on an error.
Kyle Reese scored on an error from third base after reaching on a double in the third.
Holmes allowed one hit.
Correa led Nicholls, going 2-for-3, with a run and an RBI. Morales finished 1-for-2 with an RBI, while both Eagle Wuestney and Gavin Wehby went 1-for-3 with a run.