NSU freshman Oller pitches gem against McNeese - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

NSU freshman Oller pitches gem against McNeese

One run in the seventh inning and two in the ninth was plenty for Adam Oller in a complete game shutout to force the Northwestern State baseball team in a three-way tie for first place in the Southland Conference with a 3-0 win over McNeese State Friday at Cowboy Diamond.

Nicholls defeated Central Arkansas 4-0 to put the Colonels, Demons (20-13, 9-4 SLC) and Cowboys (19-13, 9-4) in a three-way tie at the top of the standings.  Game two of the McNeese State and Northwestern State series will be on Saturday at 3 o'clock.  It will be broadcast on 100.7 KZBL-FM in Natchitoches and on the internet at NSUDemons.com.

Oller (4-0) dominated the Cowboys and allowed only six hits with one walk in 32 batters faced, and struck out three batters.  He faced only three batters in an inning five times, and never faced more than four.

"It is always nice to get a complete game on Friday.  Adam has been light outs out since we moved him to Friday," said Demon head coach Lane Burroughs who is in his second season at the helm. 

"He is a confident young man. He gives you the same emotion no matter what is going on," he said. "When he has all of his pitches working like he did tonight, he is tough to beat."

Northwestern State scored the game's first run in the seventh inning that saw its first base runner with one out after Joel Atkinson lined a ball through the right side.  Atkinson was the Demons' leading hitter with two base knocks in three at-bats. 

He stole second base and advanced on a wild pitch before Bret Underwood had a slow roller to McNeese's shortstop Conner Lloyd, who could not handle it cleanly, to score Atkinson. 

Underwood knocked in another run in the ninth inning when the Demons scored two more insurance runs.  He tripled to left center field and scored Edwin Gomez, who reached on a single up the middle and took second and third on one wild pitch.

The first run of that inning came on a sacrifice fly to right field from Garrett Logan to score Regan Kafuman.  Kafuman led off the final frame for NSU with a single up the middle.

Gomez finished the contest with two hits in four at-bats, and Underwood, Dugas, Daughdrill, and Kaufman all added hits. 

"We have a lot of young men who really hate to lose.  We have very good team chemistry," said Burroughs.  "All of our guys are very close in the clubhouse and are all pulling the same way.

"It is a long season, and it's a marathon.  Right now the guys are playing loose, and that is half of the battle," he said. "The guys know how important every game is in college baseball.  They are having fun, and its fun for us to watch and coach."

McNeese State went through three pitchers, and started with Kaleb Fontenot (3-1). Fontenot pitched eight innings and allowed six this and an unearned run.

Cory LePeze came in to start the ninth inning and worked two-thirds of an inning and allowed three hits, two runs.  Collin Kober finished the ninth inning with a groundout.

Andrew Guillotte had two hits in four tries, and Jackson Gooch, Lloyd, Billy Sommers and Cameron Toole all added one hit. The Cowboys have bounced between first and second as the league's top offensive club in term of average.

"One thing about Adam (Oller) is that he gets stronger as the game goes on, and he did in his last couple starts," said Burroughs. "He looks like a veteran out there.  At the end of the day, he is pumping strikes with three pitches."

The final game of the three-contest series will be on Sunday at 1 o'clock.  After McNeese, the Demons will return home for a midweek game against Louisiana-Monroe on Tuesday before a conference series with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. ​

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