McNeese, UNO split low scoring Friday doubleheader
LAKE CHARLES- The McNeese Cowboys split games with the New Orleans Privateers Friday night, winning game one 2-1 and dropping game two 2-0. The rubber match of the series is tentatively scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday night due to possible rain. Follow @McNeeseBaseball or go to mcneesesports.com for updates.
In game one, the Cowboys’ starting pitcher Rhett Deaton (4-3) posted an outstanding outing, setting down eight straight batters and 13 of the first 15 batters to start the game. Making his ninth start of the season, the junior Deaton pitched 7.2 innings, gave up one unearned run, allowed only five hits, struck out four batters and got the win.
The Cowboys scored their only two runs in the second inning after Nate Fisbeck led off with a single, then four drawn walks plated the first run, and then an RBI single by freshman Payton Harden scored the final run, giving the Cowboys an early 2-0 lead.
McNeese would not allow a run until the eighth inning when the Privateers scored their lone run of the game. Aidan Anderson’s ninth inning performance gave the Cowboys the win and his sixth save of the year.
In game two, Jonathan Ellison would get the start for the Cowboys and give up two runs on four hits in only 4.0 innings of work. Ellison would be relieved to start the fifth inning by senior Peyton McLemore who came in and dominated for the final 5.0 innings, only giving up one hit, no runs, and struck out seven batters to give the Cowboys a chance to win.
Unfortunately, UNO’s Chris Turpin (4-2) pitched the game of his life, pitching 8.0 shutout innings, only walking one batter, and striking out 14 Cowboy batters to get the Privateers the victory.
“Turpin was unbelievable tonight,” said head coach Justin Hill. “Give him credit, he had a great performance for them.”
“P-Mac (Peyton McLemore) was fantastic in relief for us,” said Hill. “He came in a did all he could to give us a shot at the win and we were just one swing away, but sometimes you run into a guy who was just on.”
McNeese is planning to back on the field Saturday night against the Privateers in the finale rubber match at 6 p.m. at Joe Miller Ballpark.
2nd | In the bottom of the inning, the Cowboys would score the first runs of the game. Nate Fisbeck would lead the inning off with a single in to right field, followed by a drawn walk by Jake Dickerson and Jacob Stracner to load the bases with no outs. Two batters later, Reid Bourque would then get an RBI walk, giving the Cowboys their first run and keep the bases loaded. Payton Harden would then hit an RBI single to left field to score one and give the Cowboys a 2-0 lead after the second.
8th | In the top of the inning, the Privateers would score one run on a McNeese error to bring the score to its final 2-1.
In game one, the Cowboys were led offensively by Payton Harden, going 3-for-4 from the plate including three singles, and an RBI.
Harden was one of three Cowboys with multiple hits. Nate Fisbeck and Shane Selman both would go 2-for-4 from the plate with a single and a double.
Junior right-handed pitcher Rhett Deaton would get the start for the Cowboys in game one of the double-header. Deaton would pitch a total of 7.2 innings, surrender one unearned run on five hits, strikeout four batters, and got his fourth win of the year.
Will Dion would come in to get the last out of the eighth inning and that would be the only batter he faced.
Aidan Anderson would then enter the game in the top of the ninth to close out the game. Anderson would throw 1.0 IP, surrender no runs, only one hit, one strikeout, and earn his sixth save.
1st | In the top of the inning, the Privateers would score the first run of the game after a few miscues by Ellison put a runner in scoring position, giving UNO a 1-0 lead after the first.
4th | The Privateers would extend their lead to 2-0 in the top of the inning for what would be the final runs of the game.
In game two, the Cowboys struggled from the plate. Carson Maxwell, Payton Harden, Jake Cochran, and Clayton Rasbeary had the only hits for the Cowboys, with all but Cochran’s being a double.
Junior left-handed pitcher Jonathan Ellison would get the start for the Cowboys in game two of the double-header. Ellison would pitch a total of 4.0 IP, give up two runs on four hits, strikeout three batters, and get his second loss on the year.
Peyton McLemore would come in to relieve Ellison to begin the fifth inning. McLemore would finish with 5.0 IP, no runs, one hit allowed, and seven strikeouts.
The Cowboys will be back on the field Saturday night in the game three finale at 6 p.m. After the UNO series the Cowboys will end their four-game home stand against Southeastern La. on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. at Joe Miller Ballpark.
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