RUSTON, LA (KPLC)- McNeese State got a scoreless relief pitching effort from freshman Jacob Williams here Sunday in snapping a four game losing streak with a 4-3 baseball victory over Louisiana Tech.
The Cowboys, now 2-4 on the season, scored a run in the top of the ninth inning on a Tech error and Williams then slammed the door shut on the Bulldog hitters in the bottom of the frame for the win.
A righthander out of St. Louis High in Lake Charles, Williams had come on in relief of Cowboy starter Michael Clemens in the sixth inning. He gave up only two hits in his four relief frames and struckout two while gaining his first decision.
Clemens gave up but three hits in his five innings on the mound along with two earned runs and five walks while striking out five.
The Cowboys scored solo runs in the third and ninth innings and put two across the plate in the sixth. Tech, now 5-3, had scored two in the third inning and one in the fifth.
In the third inning for the Cowboys, Andrew Guillotte led off with a walk, stole second and was singled in by Renny Weber.
With two out in the sixth inning, Seth Granger singled and stole second. Nick Eubanks then drew a walk and on a sacrifice by Michael Sullivan, Granger scored and Eubanks went to second. Collin Todd then doubled in Eubanks.
The Cowboys scored what turned out to be the winning run in the top of the ninth. Todd singled to center and was sacrificed to second by Matt Henry who was pinch hitting. Todd then scored when the Tech third baseman misplayed Tyler Klouser ball.
Williams faced only three batters in the bottom the ninth, getting Tech batters on two fly outs to the outfield and a grounder to second base.
Todd led the Cowboy hitters with two hits in three at bats while Lloyd was two for two. The other hits were claimed by Weber, Granger and Taylor Drake. Weber, Sullivan and Todd produced the RBIs.
McNeese will open its home season this week, hosting Prairie View on Tuesday. The Cowboys also will host LSU on Wednesday and then entertain Southeastern Louisiana and Central Michigan in a round robin beginning Friday.