SOSU Baseball earns 2 crucial wins

4-21-07 - Southeastern Oklahoma State's Luis Estrella combined with Jordan Semore on a five-hit shutout as the Savage Storm claimed a 5-0 Game 1 win over Cameron Saturday afternoon at the Ballpark in Durant.

Estrella allowed four hits while recording five strikeouts and a pair of walks to improve to 3-3 on the season.

Jordan Semore came to strike out the side in the seventh after allowing a single to Josh Mathieson.

Southeastern took control of the contest in the fourth inning when they finally got to Cameron starter Art Gonzales for three runs.

Randall Clay led off the inning with a single to left field, then advanced to third when Daniel Hoegh reached on an error. Robbie Morris and Jared Johnson delivered RBI singles in the innings before Morris scored on a wild pitch to give the Savage Storm a 3-0 lead.

Southeastern added single runs in the fift h and sixth innings on sacrifice flies by Hoegh and Aaron Upshaw, respectively against Gonzales, who yielded five runs - four earned - on eight hits while striking out four and fell to 1-3 on the season.

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Southeastern Oklahoma State pounded out a season-best 17 hits and claimed a 9-1 Game 2 win over Cameron to earn a sweep of the Aggies Saturday afternoon at the Ballpark in Durant.

The Savage Storm also got their second quality pitching performance of the afternoon as junior Sean Garrett restricted the Cameron lineup to six hits in six innings, while allowing an unearned run and striking four to move to 5-2 on the season.

The win also improved Southeastern to 24-25 on the season and moved the Savage Storm to within two games of second place Southwestern Oklahoma State in the LSC North.

The Bulldogs were swept in their three-game series with division leading Central Oklahoma this weekend.

The top two teams in each division advance to the LSC Postseason Tournament which will be held May 5-8 in Abilene, Texas.

The six-team field will be fi lled by the remaining teams with the best overall conference records, including division games and crossover matchups.

The Savage Storm currently trails Tarleton State (23-17) and Texas A&M-Kingsville (22-18) by a game and a half in the conference crossover standings. Southeastern's current record stands at 23-20.

But the Savage Storm did what they had to do to take care of business in Game 2 with the Aggies.

Southeastern put together multiple hits in each of the first five innings, but Cameron starter Ryan Bengert forced in the Storm's first two runs when he hit Erik Hughes with a pitch and issued a walk to David Newell to give SOSU a 2-0 lead through two innings.

But the Savage Storm tallied their next runs in a more traditional method in the third inning as Mason Parham tallied the first of his three RBIs of the contest with a double to the right-field gap and Brad Northcott stroked a run-scoring single to right field before he trotted in with the help of a wild pitch and a passed ball.

The runs continued to come in the fourth highlighed by Jared Johnson's two-run single up the middle go put Southeastern up 7-0.

Parham would deliver again in the fifth with a two-run single to center field to increase the lead to 9-0.

Cameron's Josh Mathiesen broke up Garrett's shutout bid in the sixth inning with a loud double off the left field wall to score Ryan Whiteley, who was one of two Aggie hitters to reach base on errors in the inning.

Parham paced the Storm attack going 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs and three RBIs, while Newell, Johnson, Northcott, Daniel Hoegh and Robbie Morris all had two hits for the Storm.

The teams wrap up the season series with a single nine-inning game Sunday at the Ballpark in Durant. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.


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