No. 5 McNeese Earns Spot in Title Contest, Eliminates No. 4 UIW

first_imgMcNeese advances to Saturday evening’s championship game at 6 p.m. CT against the winner between No. 2 Central Arkansas and No. 3 Southeastern Louisiana. Free bases haunted the UIW pitching staff, who issued two walks and pegged a batter to load the bases with two outs in the eighth. Lefty Jake Dickerson took an 0-2 pitch down the left-field line for a two-run, opposite-field double, followed by an infield single for Carson Maxwell to make it 5-2. UIW found themselves in another bases loaded situation as reliever Will Dion opted to intentionally walk Shea Gutierrez to face Ridge Rogers, who roped a sac fly to right-center to plate the go-ahead run in Ryan Flores. Second-baseman Nate Fisbeck, who homered twice in the contest, recorded his first RBI of the tournament in explosive fashion with a solo shot over the left field wall to put McNeese on the board first. Attempting to conjure up some more two-out magic, the Cardinals drew a walk to load the bases with two gone for pinch hitter Kendall Achilles, who watched strike three go by to leave three men on.center_img Cowboys’ starter Brad Kincaid thought he was in the clear after a double-play ball brought McNeese one out from the middle of the fourth, but a Taylor Smith double and a Lee Thomas base knock drove in two runs to shift the lead to UIW’s favor. Fisbeck took that momentum into the home-half of the sixth, leading off the inning with his second solo shot of the night to draw the score even at 2-2. Box Score | Photo Gallery | Tournament HomepageSUGAR LAND, Texas – For the first time since 2003, McNeese will play for a Southland Conference Tournament championship after the No. 5 Cowboys came back to eliminate No. 4 Incarnate Word 5-3 on Friday night at Constellation Field.last_img

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