Fisbeck hits grand slam late to defeat Demons
NATCHITOCHES – Nate Fisbeck’s one out, ninth inning grand slam rallied McNeese to a 7-4 Southland Conference win over Northwestern State here Friday night in the first game of a three-game series.
The series will conclude with a 1 o’clock double header on Saturday and game two will begin 40 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.
Northwestern State (21-15, 10-9 SLC) scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning on a couple Cowboy miscues and then stretched their lead to 4-0 after a three-run home run over the left field wall in the third inning.
After those four runs, the Cowboys (20-18, 7-9 SLC) took over the game and scored seven unanswered runs over the final six innings of the game.
McNeese’s junior starting pitcher Rhett Deaton (4-3) got the start on Friday night for the Cowboys. Making his tenth start of the season, the junior pitched 5.0 innings, gave up four runs on three hits, struck out three batters, walked five batters, and got the no decision.
The Cowboys bullpen was represented very well by Peyton McLemore and Will Dion on Friday. Both pitchers pitched 2.0 shutout innings, faced six batters, didn’t allow a hit, didn’t allow a base runner, and struck out four batters a piece.
Fast forward to the top of the ninth inning, Cowboys are down 4-3 with the top of the lineup coming to the dish. Carson Maxwell reached base on a hit-by-pitch, Payton Harden drew a walk, and then Shane Selman hit a single in to left field to load the bases. Two batters later, Nate Fisbeck stepped into the box and on a 2-2 count hit the go-ahead grand slam over the left field wall to give the Cowboys a 7-4 victory.
1st | In the bottom half of the inning, the Demons scored one run on a couple of Cowboys miscues to take a 1-0 lead.
3rd | Demons scored three runs on a two out three-run home run to take a 4-0 lead.
4th | In the top half, the Cowboys plated their first run of the game. Clayton Rasbeary led off with a single over the shortstops head and then scored on a Nate Fisbeck double in the left-center gap. Fisbeck tagged up on a flyout by Jake Dickerson and then scored on a sacrifice fly to deep center by Dustin Duhon to plate the Cowboys second run of the inning and make it 4-2 after the fourth.
6th | Jake Dickerson lead off the inning with a triple in to right center field on a 10 pitch at-bat. Two batters later, Reid Bourque hit a bloop-single to bring home Dickerson and bring the Cowboys within one, 4-3, after the sixth.
9th | In the top of the inning, Carson Maxwell reached base on a hit-by-pitch, Harden drew a walk, and then Selman hit a single in to left field to load the bases for Calyton Rasbeary with no outs. After Rasbeary struck out swinging, Fisbeck would step into the box and on a 2-2 count hit the go-ahead grand slam over the left field wall to give the Cowboys a 7-4 win.
The Cowboys were led offensively by Nate Fisbeck, going 2-for-5 with a double, a grand slam, two runs scored, and five RBI’s.
Junior Clayton Rasbeary also had a good night, going 3-for-5 with three singles and a run scored.
Freshman Payton Harden had a big night, going 0-for-1 from the plate, scoring one run, and drawing four walks in the game.
Junior right-handed pitcher Rhett Deaton would get the start for the Cowboys in Friday’s game. Deaton would finish with 5.0 IP, four runs on three hits, walk five, strikeout three, and get the no decision.
Peyton McLemore would relieve Deaton to start the sixth inning. McLemore would finish with 2.0 IP, zero runs given up, no hits, and four strikeouts.
Will Dion would relieve McLemore to start the eighth inning. Dion finished with 2.0 IP, zero runs given up, no hits, four strikeouts, and get his fourth win of the year.
The Cowboys finish their series against Northwestern State tomorrow in a double-header starting at 1 p.m. After the Demons, the Cowboys will host Louisiana Tech in a mid-week match up on Tuesday night.
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