Sunday, May 22, 2011

SLU Splits with Demons, Gets 4 Seed in Tourney

The SLU Lions split their season series finale with Northwestern State winning game one 5-0 and falling to the Demons 13-3 in game two.  Due to standing water in the outfield at Brown-Stroud Field game three of the series was cancelled and will not be made up.  Not playing the game coupled with Texas A&M Corpus Christi's win over Sam Houston on Saturday left the Islanders a half game ahead of the Lions in the standings, which pushes SLU to the four seed in the Southland Conference tournament.

In the Thursday night win senior RHP pitcher Tyler Watkins pitched his 5th complete game of the season and earned his 10th win.  His 10 wins on the season are the first for a Lions pitcher since Jeff Williams did it during the 1996 season.  Williams holds the single season wins record with 12.  Watkins scattered eight hits, walked one, and struck out two.  Offensively the Lions were led by Cass Hargis who went 3-5 with a RBI, had two runs scored and swiped two bags.

On Friday night the Lions could only muster three runs on four hits as the Demons racked up 13 runs on 15 hits to win 13-3 in a game shortened by the mercy rule.  The Lions defense also committed three errors as SLU fell to 35-20 on the season and 18-14 in the SLC.

Game One

SLU  101 002 010 - 5 9 0
NSU  000 000 000 - 0 8 3

WP - Tyler Watkins (10-3)
LP - Luke Irvine (6-7)
Save - None

Top Hitters
Cass Hargis 3-5, 3B, RBI, 2 SB
Brock Hebert 2-3, BB, 2 SB

Game Two

SLU   100 110 0 -   3  4  3
NSU  034 050 1 - 13 15 1

WP - Colin Bear (3-4)
LP - Brandon Efferson (8-4)
Save - None

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