LAKE CHARLES (KPLC)-McNeese State pulled off the fourth triple play in school history Friday but it didn't prevent UTSA from posting a 4-3 victory and evening the series between the two schools.
The third and final game will be played Saturday at Cowboy Diamond beginning at 3 p.m. McNeese had won the opener 3-2 in 15 innings on Thursday.
Friday's contest not only had the triple play but also a near no-hitter. As it was two UTSA pitchers combined for a two-hitter, McNeese not getting a hit until the last inning.
The triple play came in the top of the first inning after UTSA's Casey Selsor and Justin Anderson had produced back to back singles. Matthew James then lined a pitch right at Cowboy first baseman Nick Eubanks who caught the ball for the first out, stepped on first base for the second and fired to shortstop Tyler Klouser who stepped on second base for the third out.
The Cowboys opened the scoring in the first inning by getting a run without a hit. A sacrifice fly by Seth Granger had plated Renny Weber from third, the Cowboy third baseman having led off the inning with a walk, moving to second on a walk to Nick Eubanks and to third on a fly ball by Michael Sullivan.
UTSA came back to take the lead in the second inning with two runs off Cowboy starter and loser Blake Ware.
The Roadrunners, now 12-19 overall and 4-10 in the SLC, scored single runs in the sixth and seventh innings, taking a 4-1 lead into the eighth.
McNeese, 12-16 overall and 8-6 in the league, got its second run in the bottom of the eighth, that also coming without a hit. Weber scored that run also, having walked with two outs, moved to second on another walk to Eubanks and then scored on an error by the UTSA rightfielder.
The Cowboys got their only hits in the game in the bottom of the ninth inning. After Taylor Drake had walked to lead off the inning, Matt Henry got the Cowboys first hit, a single. Drake later scored on a single by Andrew Guillotte but Weber popped up to end the game.
Ware, the first of four Cowboy pitchers, was tagged with the loss, his third against four wins. He hurled six and one-third innings, giving up nine hits and four runs while walking one and striking out six.
Tyler Erickson faced only one batter and got him out, Tyler Parke pitched 1.1 innings giving up only a hit but walking two and Trey McGee pitched the last inning without a hit or run.
Michael Kraft hurled eight innings of one hit ball and got the victory for UTSA, his fifth against three setbacks. Matt Sims pitched the ninth and earned his fourth save.
Ryan Dalton led UTSA at the plate with two hits and two RBIs, one of his hits a solo home run in the sixth inning.
Henry and Guillotte had the Cowboys only hits and Granger and Guillotte the RBIs, Weber scoring both runs.