SUGAR LAND, Texas — UNO lived to play another day Thursday, defeating Northwestern State 6-5 with the help of four errors and a passed ball by the Demons.
Both teams combined for eight runs in the first inning, and the Privateers broke a 5-all tie in the fourth on a passed ball.
The win marks the first in a postseason game for UNO (31-25) since 2008.
The Privateers will play McNeese State in another elimination game at 9 a.m. Friday.
After Shawn Semple and Hunter Medine gave up five runs in the first inning, Jordan Priddle shut the door on the Demons, pitching 5.2 shutout innings to earn the win.
“Jordan did a great job,” UNO coach Blake Dean said. “It was phenomenal, and he stepped up as a senior after not having a good outing the last time out.”
Priddle gave up three runs in one-third of an inning during the regular-season finale against Nicholls State
Aaron Palmer was the only Privateer to have more than one hit against the Demons, going 2-for-5 with a run. Preston Marsh also scored two runs for UNO.
Northwestern State (33-24) was led by Daniel Garner, who hit his fifth home run of the season. The Demons had two runners on base in the ninth inning, but UNO turned a double play to end it.
The Demons outhit the Privateers 8-7, but the miscues in the field were too much to overcome.
“I think every infielder had an error,” Northwestern State coach Lane Burroughs said. “We didn’t make the plays we needed to and let them back in the game.”