Bulldogs Take Two From Cowboys

RUSTON, LA (KPLC)- McNeese State dropped its second straight baseball decision to Louisiana Tech on Saturday but this time the outcome went all the way to the final inning, the Bulldogs taking a 5-4 victory.

The two teams will play the final outing of the three game series Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. at J. C. Love field.  Local radio station KLCL-AM will carry the game.

Tech, now 5-2 on the year, had taken a 2-0 lead over the Cowboys with two runs in the second inning off McNeese starter Trey Brown.  The Cowboys, who are 1-4 on the year, scored two runs in the top of the third inning to tie the score but then Tech went back up with a single run in the bottom of that frame.

McNeese got two in the fourth to go back up, Tech tied the score with one run in the fifth and the game rocked along until the ninth at 4-4.  After McNeese missed an opportunity to score in the top of the ninth, Tech shoved across a run in the bottom of the final inning off Cowboy reliever Blake Ware to claim the victory.

Both teams had 11 hits in the game and leading the Cowboys were Renny Weber with three hits and Collin Todd and Taylor Drake with two each.  One of Drake's hits was a solo home run, McNeese's two runs in the third inning were scored on a Seth Granger double, which plated Weber who had been hit by a pitch, and a single by Nick Eubanks which scored Granger.

In the fourth, Drake led off with his first home run of the season and after Tyler Klouser had singled and gone to second on a sacrifice, Weber plated him. The Cowboys had a chance in the top of the ninth to score but Weber, who had doubled after two were out, was  stranded.

Brown, who had a no decision, had pitched  a steady game for the Cowboys.  He hurled 7.2 innings, giving up eight hits and four earned runs.  He walked one and struckout three.  Trey McGee came on in the eighth and got the final out and then Ware took over in the ninth, giving up the winning run after two were out.

McNeese will play five games next week as the Cowboys open their home season.  They host Prairie View on Tuesday, undefeated LSU on Wednesday in a contest that has already been sold out and entertain Southeastern Louisiana and Central Michigan in a round robin beginning Friday.