Northwestern State’s McDonald shuts down SLU bats in series finale

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HAMMOND, La. – Northwestern State right-hander Cullen McDonald carried a perfect game into the seventh inning as the Demons shut down Southeastern Louisiana, 3-1, in the Southland Conference series finale Sunday at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field.

McDonald, a senior from Deer Park, Texas, retired the first 19 batters he faced before surrendering a one-out single to Southeastern (18-18, 10-5 Southland) designated hitter Preston Faulkner in the seventh inning.

The Demons (20-14, 10-8 Southland) jumped out to an early lead, scratching across a pair of runs in the second. Southeastern starting pitcher Will Warren hit the leadoff batter with a pitch and then surrendered a single to designated hitter Lenni Kunert. A wild pitch advanced both runners into scoring position. Center fielder Larson Fontenot drove them both in with a one-out single down the right-field line.

A two-out single in the third drove in Northwestern State’s final run.

Nathan Pilutti provided the Lions’ lone run with a solo home run in the eighth. The two-out line drive to right was the fourth of the season for the senior from Destrehan, Louisiana.

McDonald (4-0) tossed a complete game en route to earning the win, scattering three hits and striking out eight. Warren (2-5) suffered the hard-luck loss, allowing three runs in seven innings.

Faulkner picked up two of the Lions’ three hits and stole a pair of bases.

Southeastern returns to the road Tuesday, continuing its stretch of 14 consecutive games against in-state competition. The Lions travel to Lake Charles, Louisiana, for a 6 p.m. nonconference matchup with Southland-foe McNeese at Joe Miller Ballpark.

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Northwestern State 3, Southeastern 1
Northwestern State.. 021 000 000 – 3 10 0 (20-14, 10-8 SLC)
Southeastern………… 000 000 010 – 1 3 1 (18-18, 10-5 SLC)
Pitchers: Northwestern State – McDonald, Cullen and Skinner, Marshall. Southeastern – Warren, Will; Tassin, Bryce (8) and Pace, Evan.

Win-McDonald, Cullen (4-0) Loss-Warren, Will (2-5) T-2:02 A-1314
HR SLU – Pilutti, Nathan (4).
Weather: Cloudy 62, WNW 14 mph

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