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NSU survives marathon 16 inning game with Grambling

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The Northwestern State baseball team completed a three-game sweep of Grambling State in extra innings when Todd Wallace hit a single to left-center field to score Jake Clouatre to give the Demons an 8-7 win Sunday afternoon.

Clouatre, who was inserted into the game in the 15th inning, was walked with two outs by GSU (0-3) pitcher Cory Jordan. Colby Martin came into the game for Jordan when NSU's (3-0) Matt Baca quickly singled to the third base hole. 

With Cloutre on second and Baca at first, Wallace completed the walk-off hit in the 16th inning.  The extra frames tied the school record for most innings played by the Demons when NSU and Texas State played 16 in 2006.

"We talk about this every single day; Sunday in college baseball is about toughness," said first-year head coach Lane Burroughs.  "There was so many opportunities for both teams to win, and we didn't quit.  There were plenty of times we could've thrown in the flag and said enough, but we didn't."

Grambling jumped out to a 2-0 lead when Andrew Adams, who started the game for the Demons, struck out the first two batters he faced and gave up a single to SWAC reigning Newcomer of the Year Darren Farmer.  Farmer advanced to third after a throwing error by Adams to put a man on first and third. Famer scored on a balk, and another run was scored when Elias Todman doubled to left field.

Adams quickly settled in to pitch a total of four innings and gave up only three hits, one earned run, and had seven strikeouts. 

The Demons answered with back-to-back home runs from Baca and Wallace in the second inning.

"Baca and Wallace are two guys that can do that.  They can drive the ball out of the yard," said Burroughs. "We told them just to relax, and they are both strong kids who have power."

NSU added five more runs in the fourth inning on two hits and one error.  Wallace, Cort Brinson, and Mitch Huckabay were all hit by pitches. 

After the fourth, the Demons were shutout for 11 straight innings.

"That's the funny part about extra inning games, you see that a lot," said Burroughs. "You sit there and wonder why can't anybody knock anybody home.  We barreled some balls up, but things just weren't going anywhere. I thought we had some good at bats, but you have to give credit to Grambling."

Grambling was able to work itself back from a 7-2 deficit by scoring four runs in the top of the fifth on four hits.  They tied it up in the Tiger frame of the ninth when Jarred Nauls was walked and Kevin Minter knocked him in on a single to left field.

After the 10th inning, Northwestern State put six players in scoring position and Grambling had five get to second or third.

The winning pitcher for the game was Steven Spann (1-0) who pitched 2.2 innings and allowed only one hit and struck out two. 

Wallace, Baca, and Will Watson all had multi-hit games, and Wallace and Watson each had two runs batted in.

Northwestern State threw seven pitchers who gave up a total of 13 hits, but struck out a combined 17 Tigers.

NSU will return to action Wednesday night in Lafayette when they play UL-Lafayette at six o'clock.

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