NACOGDOCHES, TX –Blake Ware, Tyler McDonald and Michael Clemens combined efforts to pitch McNeese State to a twinbill sweep of Stephen F. Austin Saturday.
The doubleheader had been scheduled due to impending bad weather conditions on Sunday and the Cowboys took both games by identical 4-1 scores.
The double win slipped McNeese's record to 15-18 overall and to 10-8 in league play. SFA, which had won Friday's opener, fell to 14-21 overall and to 7-11 in the SLC.
Ware won the first game and Clemens the second in a complete game effort while McDonald got credit for a save in the opener.
McNeese didn't outhit SFA in the twinbill but this time the Cowboys hits plated runs and they had a little help from eight Lumberjack errors.
Now 5-3 on the season, Ware hurled five and one-third innings of the opener, giving up seven hits and the single SFA run while striking out four and walking five. He left in the sixth with a 3-1 lead.
McDonald, who now has two saves, came on to pitch one hit ball the rest of the way, striking out one and walking one. He had entered the game with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth and got one SFA batter to fly out to left while striking out the other.
The Cowboys scored all the runs they needed in the third inning when three runners crossed home plate. McNeese scored its runs on four hits and two SFA errors. Plating runs were Renny Weber with a single and Michael Sullivan with a single. The other run scored on a Lumberjack error.
In the eighth the Cowboys got back to back singles from Skylar Barrentine and Nick Eubanks after one was out. Barrentine scored on a sacrifice bunt by Matt Williams.
Weber led an eight hit McNeese attack with three hits in this game.
Clemens held the reins on SFA the entire distance in the second game, going the distance and evening his record at 2-2. He walked two and struckout four.
Once again the Cowboys used a three run inning to take control. This time it came in the seventh and they scored their three runs on two hits and a couple of SFA errors.
A SFA throwing error scored the first Cowboy run in that inning while Seth Granger got credit for a RBI when he was hit bya pitch with the bases loaded and Taylor Drake plated the third run with a single.
McNeese got its other run in the ninth inning with Connor Lloyd, pinch running, scoring from third on a throwing error.
In this game McNeese had six hits and Drake, who had entered the game as a pinch hitter for Sullivan, had two hits as did Tyler Klouser.
Next week the Cowboys will be back at home for four games. They host UNO on Tuesday and then tackle SLC leader Sam Houston State in a three game series beginning Friday at Cowboy Diamond.
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