HOUSTON –McNeese State scored all of its runs in three innings for an 8-3 non-conference baseball victory over Texas Southern here Tuesday.
The victory was the third in a row for the Cowboys who are now 10-12 on the season, a mark they will carry to San Marcos, TX on Friday to begin a three game Southland Conference series with pre-season favorite Texas State.
With lefthander Trey McGee tossing a two-hit shutout for five innings, the Cowboys let him exit the game with a 5-0 lead. They would go on to add three more runs in the seventh inning.
The Cowboys rapped out nine hits in the game and two each were collected by Michael Sullivan, Nick Eubanks and Tyler Klouser.
Sullivan was strong at the plate as he belted his second home run in as many games and drove in a total of three runs. All three of his RBIs came on his home run in the seventh inning.
McNeese had opened the scoring in the second with Sullivan opening things up with an infield single after one was out and moving to third on a double by Taylor Drake. Both Sullivan and Drake then scored on a double by Klouser.
In the fifth, Renny Weber doubled in Connor Lloyd and Andrew Guillotte and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Eubanks.
Texas Southern, now 12-12 on the year, scored all three of its runs in the bottom of the seventh on two hits.
McGee, who earned his first decision of the season, walked six and struckout four in his five innings on the mound.
Tyler Erickerson relieved in the sixth and after blanking the Tigers in the seventh he gave up all three Texas Southern runs, relinquishing only one hit but walking three batters.
Ryan Sampere came on to shutdown the rally and hurled 1.2 innings of one hit ball while Michael Clemens came on in the ninth to close out the win, giving up only a hit.
Mike Starkey, the Texas Southern starter, took the loss evening his record at 1-1. He pitched six innings of six hit, six run ball.
The two teams will play one more game this season, that date to be announced later. The two had a game in Lake Charles postponed because of rain.