SAN MARCOS, TX (KPLC)- Michael Clemens, who in recent weeks has been used as a closer for McNeese State, got the start Sunday against Texas State and hurled the Cowboys to a 5-3 victory in a Southland Conference baseball game.
It was the team's first win in the three game series with the Bobcats and had Clemens, who collected his first victory of the year, going seven innings, giving up six hits and three runs while striking out six batters.
Tyler McDonald came on in the eighth inning for Clemens and hurled two innings of one hit ball to collect his first save of the year.
The victory put the Cowboys back into the upper division of the conference standings with a 7-5 mark. They are also now 11-14 on the season and will carry that record into a Tuesday night contest against the University of Houston in Houston.
Later in the week the Cowboys will entertain UT San Antonio in a three game series that will begin on Thursday and run through Saturday.
While Clemens and McDonald were holding Texas State to seven hits, the Cowboys unleased a 10 hit attack led by two hits each from Seth Granger, Michael Sullivan and Andrew Guillotte.
Both teams popped a pair of home runs in the game, McNeese's Skylar Barrentine and Matt Williams hitting homers for the Cowboys.
Barrentine, getting the start in centerfield for the game, rapped a two run homer in the three run scoring first inning for the Cowboys while Williams led off the fourth inning with a solo shot. It was the first home run this season for both.
McNeese also scored in the first inning on a double by Michael Sullivan and the Cowboys added a single run in the seventh on a single by Nick Eubanks.
Texas State scored two runs in the fourth on back to back solo home runs by Casaey Kalenkosky and Jeff McVaney.
In the sixth the Bobcats got a run on a single by Andrew Stumph.
Kyle Finnegan, the first of three Bobcat pitchers, took the loss, his second against four wins. Texas State dropped to 6-6 in league play and to 18-10 overall.