NATCHITOCHES – Three years in the past, en path to a Southland Convention Event championship, nearer Jose Vasquez mentioned the 2018 Demons “by no means say die.”
Seems, that mantra is relevant to the 2021 Northwestern State baseball group as effectively.
Right down to their final strike – and even previous it – the Demons tallied a pair of walk-off, extra-inning wins – 4-3 in 10 innings and 6-5 in 11 – to brush a Southland Convention doubleheader from visiting McNeese at Brown-Stroud Discipline on Saturday.
“I do not know if folks perceive how robust it’s to play that many innings (37) in two days,” fifth-year head coach Bobby Barbier mentioned. “I simply arise right here and watch, and I am exhausted. For these boys to be down twice to their final at-bat and provides nice at-bats and have some luck – clearly that is what occurs whenever you win loads on this recreation – I am simply actually happy with how we competed.”
The Demons (25-21, 19-13) constructed on the momentum of a final at-bat win within the nightcap of Friday’s doubleheader to gather their third Southland Convention collection win of the season.
After Jeffrey Elkins’ walk-off single within the 10th inning of Recreation 1 on Saturday, the Demon pitching workers turned in a school-record outing on the mound, putting out 22 McNeese hitters, topping the previous report of 21 set in a 5-4, 13-inning win towards Sam Houston in April 2010.
Proper-hander Levi David led the way in which with 14 strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings, establishing a profession excessive and shifting into seventh place in NSU single-season historical past with 94 strikeouts. Alex Makarewich relieved David with a person on second and two outs within the seventh and recorded a strikeout to maintain the Demons inside two runs at 3-1.
An RBI single by Kendall Foster (2-for-4, house run, 3 RBIs) and a sacrifice fly by Jake Haze evened issues earlier than the Cowboys tallied an unearned run within the eighth to take a 4-3 lead.
It appeared McNeese (22-26, 15-16) locked up the victory and a collection cut up by that margin when Christian Vega (1-5) threw a low 1-2 pitch that Haze swung at and tipped. The umpires dominated catcher Ben David couldn’t maintain onto the tipped ball and the Cowboys, who had run out of their dugout, needed to return.
On the subsequent pitch, Vega uncorked a game-tying wild pitch, scoring Tyler Smith from third base with the tying run.
From there, left-hander Cameron Taylor (2-0) flummoxed the Cowboys offense, working a career-long 3 2-3 innings and putting out a career-high seven batters. Even after surrendering a run on three hits within the 11th, Taylor minimized the harm and arrange NSU’s 12th one-run win of the season.
“I modified the grip on my curveball final week, so it was the primary time I threw it in a recreation,” mentioned Taylor, who used the pitch to nice impact. “I labored it within the pen on Wednesday, and it wasn’t nice, however I acquired the texture for it the subsequent couple of days. Being on the mound a lot (within the bullpen) this weekend earlier than I went in most likely helped me get the texture for it.”
Vega matched Taylor pitch-for-pitch out of the bullpen earlier than succumbing within the 11th after Cam Sibley reached on a leadoff error.
Vega hit Smith and couldn’t area pinch-hitter Cameron Parikh’s sacrifice bunt, which loaded the bases. Reliever Hunter Reeves entered and hit Foster together with his first pitch to tie the sport earlier than Haze shot a 1-0 pitch by way of a drawn-in infield for the game-winning hit.
“I do know there are good guys behind me within the lineup, nevertheless it’s about conserving my composure on the plate, not exhibiting the opposite group – even when I get behind within the rely or some issues have gone dangerous for us – I’ve to remain true to myself and put the bat on the ball,” Haze mentioned.
Haze was in the midst of the first-game rally as effectively, dropping an RBI single in entrance of a diving Clayton Rasbeary with two outs within the ninth inning to tie the sport at 3. Haze’s single got here of Cameron Foster, who couldn’t maintain a late lead for the second straight recreation.
An inning later, the Demons took benefit of a bout of wildness from Foster, who walked Daunte Stuart with one out and Marshall Skinner with two outs.
Elkins then drove a pitch to heart area out of the attain of Payton Harden for the walk-off hit.
“We fought,” Barbier mentioned. “Donny (Donovan Ohnoutka) got here out and gave us a very good lengthy begin (eight-plus innings) we would have liked (in Recreation 1). Drayton (Brown) was good ultimately. Levi was excellent – 14 punchouts. Cameron Taylor has been up about eight instances within the bullpen and hasn’t are available currently. It was an awesome all-around day for Demon baseball.”
The Demons return to motion Friday once they journey to Stephen F. Austin to open a four-game collection towards the Lumberjacks. First pitch is ready for six:30 p.m. in Nacogdoches.
Northwestern State 4-6, McNeese 3-5
Recreation 1 (10 innings)
McN 010 000 101 0 – 3 6 4
NSU 100 001 001 1 – 4 7 1
W – Drayton Brown (2-2). L – Cameron Foster (0-2). 2B – McN, Payton Harden. NSU, Daunte Stuart. 3B – McN, Clayton Rasbeary. Highlights: McN, Harden 3-4, 2B, 3 RBIs; NSU, Stuart 2-3, 2B, RBI.
Recreation 2 (11 innings)
McN 010 000 210 01 – 5 10 3
NSU 001 000 201 02 – 6 7 1
W – Cameron Taylor (2-0). L – Christian Vega (1-5). 2B – McN, Clayton Rasbeary, Tre Obregon, Jake Dickerson, Peyton Johnson. NSU, Marshall Skinner, Tyler Smith. HR – NSU, Kendall Foster (4). Highlights: McN, Payton Harden 2-6; Rasbeary 2-5, 2B; Nate Fisbeck 2-5, RBI. NSU, Smith 2-3, 2B; Foster 2-4, HR, 3 RBIs.
Data: McNeese 22-26, 15-16; Northwestern State 25-21, 19-13.