Cowboys Take Game Three, 5-1

LAKE CHARLES, (KPLC)-The pitching of Michael Clemens, the hitting of Matt Henry and the all-around play of Trey Rickrode led McNeese State to a 5-1 Southland Conference victory over Sam Houston State on Sunday.

Clemens hurled his second straight complete game as he held the conference leading Bearkats to only three hits while striking out three.  He faced a total of 31 batters, only four over the minimum.

Henry, the Cowboy catcher, led the team with a two for four effort at the plate while driving in as pair of runs and scoring one and Rickrode, making only his fourth start of the season and playing in only his sixth game, came through with a run scored, a RBI, a stolen base, three putouts, eight assists and a hand in three double plays.

The victory was the Cowboys' first in the series between the two teams after Sam Houston had taken both sides of a twinbill on Saturday.

McNeese's record is now 17-20 overall and 11-10 in league play while the Bearkats go to 28-11 overall and to a league leading 17-4 in the SLC.

The Cowboys opened the scoring with a run in the third inning and added single runs in the fourth and fifth and two in the sixth.  Sam  Houston scored only in the eighth on a solo home run by Shea Pierce.

Andrew Guillotte, who stole four bases (school record is five) in the game, tallied McNeese's opening run when he was hit by a pitch, stole second and third and came home on a single up the middle by Seth Granger.

In the fourth, Nick Eubanks led off with a single, was advanced to second on a bunt sacrifice by Daniel Zaunbrecher, moved to third on a single by Conner Lloyd and scored on sacrifice bunt by Rickrode.

And, the Cowboys' run in the fifth inning had Henry leading off with a single and scoring on a double by Michael Sullivan.

A single by Henry with Rickrode on third and Guillotte on second plate both runners in the sixth inning.

The Cowboys will be on the road for their next four games.  They play at UL Lafayette on Wednesday (6 p.m.) and at Lamar in a three game league series beginning Friday in Beaumont, TX.