LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Nate Fisbeck hit two home runs as four pitchers combined to throw a three-hit shutout to guide McNeese to a 13-0 win over Holy Cross to wrap up day two of the Mardi Gras Classic.
The win was the third straight for the Cowboys as they improve to 6-4 on the season.
Fisbeck’s homers were his third and fourth on the year as he added five runs batted in and finished the game 3 for 5 at the plate.
Senior Shane Selman and junior Clayton Rasbeary would both extend their hitting streaks to 10-straight games to start the season. Selman’s being 11-straight dating back to last season.
With the decision, the Cowboys improve to 6-4 on the season, while the Crusaders move to 0-9.
The Cowboys will be back on the field on Sunday afternoon to take on the Nicholls Colonels in the fourth game of the Mardi Gras Classic at 4 p.m. in Joe Miller Ballpark. Nicholls will also be playing Holy Cross in the first game of the day at 1 p.m.
1st| The Cowboys wasted no time in the bottom of the first. After a lead-off walk from junior second baseman Nate Fisbeck, freshman Payton Harden reached first base on a fielder’s choice and then advanced to second on a balk. Two batters later, Rasbeary hit a single back through the middle of the infield to score Harden from second and give the Cowboys the lead 1-0. Very next batter, senior third baseman Carson Maxwell, hit a laser down the right field line into the corner of the wall giving him an RBI-triple and the Cowboys a 2-0 lead after one.
2nd| To lead off the inning, freshman Schuyler Thibodaux, in his second career start, reached base on a single to right field but was then called out on a 6-4-3 double play by Reid Bourque, giving the Cowboys two quick outs. The Cowboys would go on to score four runs from a single from Fisbeck and Selman, a double from Rasbeary and Maxwell, and a drawn walk by Harden to put the Cowboys out front 6-0.
3rd| After Thibodaux drew a walk, Fisbeck would come up two batters later with two outs in the inning and hit a two-run home run over the left field wall to push McNeese’s lead to 8-0 and him three home runs on the season.
4th| The Cowboys piled on two more runs to their lead after Maxwell reached base for the third-straight at-bat with a single down the left-field line, followed by a double by Jake Cochran for his first hit of the year. Now with two men on base, Thibodaux came to the plate and hit a single through the left side of the infield to plate the first of two runs. Next batter, Reid Bourque, reached base on an RBI-fielder’s choice bringing the score to 10-0 after four.
6th| The Cowboys would pick up their final three runs on the night in the sixth from a three-run homer from Nate Fisbeck giving him two on the night and five total RBIs for a final of 13-0.
• Junior second baseman Nate Fisbeck lead the Cowboys offensively on Saturday night, going 3-for-5 with three runs, two home runs, and five RBIs.
• Senior third baseman Carson Maxwell finished 3-for-3 with two walks, two RBIs, and a homerun shy of the cycle.
• The Cowboys finished the game with five players with multiple hits.
• Junior right-handed pitcher Hunter Reeves made his second predetermined start of the season, going 2.0 innings, giving up only one hit, and fanning four of the eight batters he faced.
• Bryan King would come in for Reeves in the third inning and pitch 5.0 strong innings, giving up no runs, only one hit, and striking out eight batters.
• Daniel Hecker and Brody Strahan would combine to finish the last two innings, each getting one inning. They would combine for one hit, no runs, and two strikeouts.
The Cowboys will host Nicholls in the fourth game of the Mardi Gras Classic on Sunday afternoon at home in Joe Miller Ballpark at 4 p.m. Holy Cross and Nicholls will play a game right before at 1 p.m.
After the Mardi Gras Classic, the Cowboys will host rival UL-Lafayette on Wednesday night at Joe Miller Ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.