CONWAY, Ark. — Southeastern Louisiana got strong pitching to defeat Sam Houston State 1-0 on Thursday at the Southland Conference baseball tournament at Bear Stadium.
Lion starter Tate Scioneaux pitched 5.2 innings, giving up five hits and a walk while striking out five. Reliever Jason Greenleaf came in with the bases loaded in the sixth and struck out Luke Plucheck to get out of the jam.
Mason Klotz threw the remaining 1.2 innings and got two strikeouts to earn his fifth save of the season.
Southeastern’s lone run game in the fifth inning when right fielder Andrew Godbold singled to right field, scoring Jacob Seward. It was Godbold’s fifth RBI of the tournament.
Scioneaux earned the win to move to 7-6. Sam Houston starter Tyler Eppler (8-6) took the loss, going seven innings while giving up one run on nine hits with three strikeouts.
NORTHWESTERN STATE 10, LAMAR 8: Northwestern State first baseman Caleb Dugas hit a two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning to break an 8-8 to lead the Demons over Lamar in an elimination game.
Five Demons recorded multiple hits with third baseman Chase Daughdrill and designated hitter Nick Heath notching three hits apiece.
Catcher C.J. Webster, who went 2-for-4 with a home run, knocked in a game-high four runs.
Sam Bumpers led the Cardinals, going 3-for-5 with three doubles, three RBIs and a run scored. His three doubles tied a conference record for most doubles in a game.
Reliever Brandon Smith picked up the win to improve to 3-2 on the year. Smith pitched the final five outs while giving up one hit and striking out one.
Andrew Beasley took the loss, throwing one inning and giving up two runs on three hits.
TEXA A&M CC 3, NICHOLLS STATE 2: Belicek pitched 7.1 innings for the Islanders, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out six batters as the Colonels to stranded nine runners in an elimination game.
Belicek picked up the win to improve to 5-6, and closer Jacob Dorris earned his eighth save of the season.
Nicholls’ Grant Borne was charged with the loss after going 5.2 innings and giving up three runs, two earned, on eight hits and a walk while striking out two
The Colonels struck for the first run of the came when shortstop Leo Vargas hit a solo shot over the left field fence in the first inning. The Islanders responded with a run in the bottom of the inning with a RBI single from left fielder Kyle Danford, scoring catcher Russell Vaughn.
Nicholls scored again in the fourth to take a 2-1 lead with a single by left fielder Justin Smith, pushing home catcher Christian Correa. The Colonels’ lead was short-lived when the Islanders tied it in the bottom half of the inning as left fielder Jordan Lee scored on a fielders’ choice double play.
A&M-Corpus Christi took its lead in the bottom of the fifth when Lee’s single scored Vaughn.
CENTRAL ARKANSAS 11, McNEESE STATE 3: Central Arkansas used a five-run fourth inning to take control of the game.
UCA starter Connor Gilmore (7-3) tossed a complete game, giving up three runs, two earned, on five hits and two walks while striking out two.
McNeese fought back in the third inning with two runs to tie the game at the time. Left fielder James Cantu knocked in both runs for the Cowboys with a single. McNeese added one more run in the fifth inning when second baseman Andrew Guillotte knocked in Connor Lloyd on a fielder’s choice.
UCA was led by three players with multiple hits. Center fielder Doug Votolato, second baseman Chris Townsend and first baseman Scott Zimmerle each had two hits. Zimmerle knocked in three runs while Townsend had two RBIs and Votolato had one.
McNeese was paced by James Cantu, who was 1-for-4 with two RBIs.
McNeese starter Bryce Kingsley (5-5) took the loss. Kingsley gave up nine runs, seven earned, on eight hits and two walks in three innings with four strikeouts.