NATCHITOCHES — Northwestern State scored single runs in the second, third and fourth innings, holding on to beat Southeastern Louisiana in Southland Conference play at Brown-Stroud Field.
Southeastern (25-8, 13-2 Southland) stranded the potential tying run in scoring position in the sixth, eighth and ninth.
Southeastern’s Domenick Carlini (4-1) suffered his first loss of the season despite tossing his second complete game of the season. The senior left-hander allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits. Carlini, who fanned a pair and walked one, retired the final 12 batters he faced.
Northwestern State starter Evan Tidewll (4-2) earned the win, scattering two runs and five hits over 6.1 innings.
Jeffrey Stovall picked up his first save of the season, tossing 2.2 scoreless innings to close out the game.
Southeastern’s Jameson Fisher led all players, going 3-for-4.
The Demons (17-15, 8-7) scored an unearned run in the second, taking their first lead of the weekend series as Nick Heath rapped a two-out single to right field and advanced to second base on a passed ball. Miller Parker reached on an error, and second baseman Spencer Goodwin gave Northwestern State the lead with an RBI single to right.
Cort Brinson, David Fry and Daniel Garner produced consecutive singles to open up the third, with Garner driving in Brinson to give the Demons a 2-0 lead.
Miller led off the fourth with a single and was sacrificed to second. After Matt Valdez reached on an infield single, Miller scored on Brinson’s grounder to third.
Southeastern clawed back in the fifth as Webb Bobo led off with a single, and Drew Avans dropped a one-out single, putting runners at first and second. Catcher Sam Roberson was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Taylor Schwaner, who ripped an RBI single to center, driving in Bobo. Avans scored on a sacrifice fly by Jacob Seward, pulling the Lions within one.
Repeated attempts to pull even by Southeastern came up short as Fisher was stranded at second base twice, in the sixth and eighth.
In the ninth, Carson Crites beat out a bunt single with one out and stole second base, but Southeastern again failed to get the potential tying run home.