No. 5 McNeese Advances With 7-2 Win Over No. 8 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
McNeese got on the board first in the top of the second by virtue of a Dustin Duhon single that dropped in front of A&M-Corpus Christi center fielder Nick Anderson, knocking in Carson Maxwell. The ensuing at-bat resulted in a Reid Bourque groundout that allowed Julian Gonzales to score and double the Cowboy lead. The Cowboys added one more for good measure in the seventh as Dickerson nearly singled through the left side, but it was deep enough to drive in Nate Fisbeck and put McNeese on top 6-0.BSB: Stretch time in Sugar Land, and @McNeeseBaseball has stretched its lead to 6-0. RBI single for Dickerson, plating Fisbeck.?? https://t.co/wkzW6nuHGu ???? @espn apps #GeauxPokes #ShakasUp #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/TupHZuSfbf— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 24, 2019 Box Score | Tournament HomepageSUGAR LAND, Texas – Jake Dickerson’s 4-for-4 performance at the plate led No. 5 McNeese to a 7-2 victory over No. 8 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Thursday night at Constellation Field. The decision puts the Cowboys one win away from competing for a Southland Conference Tournament title for the first time since 2003. In the final frame, the Cowboys put ducks on the pond with a pair of hit batters and a Fisbeck double, setting up Dickerson’s RBI infield single to push the lead back to five. Cowboys starter Rhett Deaton (8-4) earned the win after only giving up one earned run over 7.1 innings with four strikeouts. He carried a no-hitter into the fifth, when Nick Anderson reached on a leadoff bunt single, but Deaton responded by retiring the next nine batters in order.BSB: Cowboys’ starter Deaton through 6 innings: 1 hit, 0 ER, 3 K, 1 BB, 71 pitches. Heading to the 7th, @McNeeseBaseball lead remains 5-0 over @IslandersBSB. ?? https://t.co/wkzW6nMj54 ???? @espn apps #GeauxPokes #ShakasUp #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/EzDxPS4Ogc— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 24, 2019 The Islanders trimmed their deficit to four in the eighth as three straight batters reached to start the inning, beginning with a triple, followed by a fielding error and an RBI single. In the top of the fourth, McNeese put up a trio of runs on a balk with runners on the corners that brought Jake Dickerson home, followed by a Duhon double that plated Maxwell for the second time of the game. Two batters later, another two-bagger off the bat of Payton Harden scored Duhon for a 5-0 lead. The noon CT game tomorrow will pit A&M-Corpus Christi against first-round opponent Incarnate Word with the winner to face McNeese at 7 p.m. and the loser forced to go home.