McNeese State Cowboys Pound UNO

NEW ORLEANS – Renny Weber led a McNeese State offense that got hits at the right time in a 7-2 non-conference baseball victory over New Oleans Tuesday night.

The Cowboys made the most of their hits with runners on base as they ran up a 6-0 lead after six innings and scored a final run in the last frame.

Weber, the Cowboys senior third baseman, led the way with a two for four effort at the plate that included his first home run of the season.  Also getting a pair of hits for the Cowboys was Seth Granger, the team 's leading hitter on the season.

The victory snapped a two game losing streak for the Cowboys and set them in a good place heading into a key Southland Conference showdown with Stephen F. Austin on the road beginning Friday.

McNeese is now 13-18 overall while UNO was left with a 12-19 mark.

Jason Gibson collected his first career victory for the Cowboys, hurling the first three innings and firing a one-hit shutout, striking out four batters along the way.

Coby Miller followed him on the mound and he pitched three innings of scoreless,  hitless ball.  Ryan Sampere then came on for an inning of two hit ball followed by Trey McGee with an inning of zeroes.  Michael Clemens closed out the game but gave up the only two runs the Privateers scored, UNO getting two runs on two hits in the bottom of the ninth.

Curtis Hoffman, the first of three UNO hurlers, was the loser, evening his record at 2-2.

McNeese's first run of the game came in the third inning with Weber singling in Andrew Guillotte who had singled on a bunt and advanced all the way around to third on a UNO error.

In the fifth, Weber plated both runs with his homer and in the sixth inning the Cowboys got runs on a double by Michael Sullivan, a single by Taylor Drake and a single by Connor Lloyd.

The Cowboys scored their final run of the game in the top of the ninth with Weber scoring from third (he had gained first base as a hit batsman) on a UNO error.