Cowboys Drop Doubleheader To Sam Houston

LAKE CHARLES (KPLC)-League leading Sam Houston State did a good job holding down the McNeese State hitters in taking a Southland Conference twinbill on Saturday, 5-2 and 4-0.

The two teams will meet in the third final game of the SLC series at 1 p.m. on Sunday.  Friday's opener had been postponed because of rain.

The double win lifted the Bearkats league record to 17-3 and their overall mark to 28-10.  McNeese dropped to 16-20 and 10-10 in the conference standings.

Three Bearkat pitchers limited McNeese to six hits, four in the first game and two in the second.

Justin Jackson had a no-hitter going through eight innings of the second game before Renny Weber and Matt Henry rapped out back to back singles in the bottom of the ninth.  Jackson, now 7-3, got Seth Granger to ground out back to the mound and Matt Williams on strikes to end the game.

Sam Houston rapped out 12 hits in that game against starter and loser Jason Gibson and reliefer Tyhler McDonald.  Gibson, now 1-2, gave up all four runs.

The Bearkats scored single runs in the second and fifth innings and two in the fourth.

In the opener, McNeese got both of its runs in the eighth inning after Sam Houston had produced a 5-0 lead.  Conner Lloyd knocked in one run with a single and Andrew Guillotte drove in a run with a sacrifice bunt.

Michael Sullivan led the Cowboys at the plate with two hits.

Caleb Smith, the first of two Sam Houston pitchers, went eight innings to collect his sixth victory against two losses.