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Cowboys are one win away

By Tom Annino - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -  The magic number is down to one.

McNeese State's baseball team is on the verge of doing something they haven't done during the Terry Burrows era: make the Southland Conference tournament.

A win for the Pokes in their next game on Friday, May 14th would clinch an SLC tourney bid.  That game is the first of three on the road against UT-San Antonio.

While that would be a huge positive for the squad, Head Coach Terry Burrows still wants to see more out of his team.  McNeese might have been able to lock up a spot in the tournament with a victory in their series finale against Texas State, the team at the top of the Southland Conference standings.  But they did not, dropping the final game on May 9th.  MSU lost two of three in the series.

Burrows did say he was pleased with how his team responded after losing the first game of the series via the ten-run rule.

"It's disappointing," Burrows said.  "Obviously, I was proud of them the way they came back after Friday night's game.  We played a pretty good game (Saturday) and then came back (Sunday) and have a chance to win the series.  You're in a game up all the way up until the fifth or sixth inning having a chance to win the series against a top team in the conference.  We've just got to regroup, pick ourselves up, and get ready for next weekend."

McNeese's head coach also says he hopes his team leaves this series with plenty to think about.

"Hopefully, that they can learn from it, that we need to play solid baseball every single pitch of the day, every single pitch of the weekend," Burrows said.  "That's what separates teams that are at the top of the conference from where we are now, which is fifth or sixth, somewhere in there.  If you're constantly making the plays and constantly executing, I think that will put you in a different situation."

McNeese will play their next three games on the road against UT-San Antonio.  Those games will be played May 14th-16th.

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