Southeastern Splits with No. 17 SAU

Southeastern opened the series against #17 Southern Arkansas with a 10-hit performance to win 5-2, but free passes and errors came back to bite them in the nightcap as they fell 5-1 to even the series at one apiece heading into Saturday's rubber-match.

Saturday's game is slated for a 1 p.m. first pitch at The Ballpark in Durant.

The Savage Storm moves to 17-12 overall on the season and 10-7 in Great American Conference play.

Despite the 5-2 score, game one was a true pitcher's duel as both hurlers went the distance in the nine-inning contest.

Brandon Marris tossed nine innings and allowed two runs, one of which was earned, on nine hits with seven strikeouts and no walks en route to picking up his second win of the season.

The Storm also had a solid outing at the plate with the two-hole through seven-hole hitters all recording hits, led by a 3-for-3 effort by Troy McCartney as well as a pair of 2-for-4 contests by Evan Ramsey and Travis Caraway.

McCartney, Caraway, Chevis Springer and Nick Grimmett each drove in a run.

A Grimmett sac fly in the second inning put SE on the board first with a 1-0 lead after McCartney crossed the plate.

Southeastern would then put together a two-out rally in the third that started with a Ramsey single.

He was nearly picked off at first, but the throw from the pitcher was off the mark and Ramsey moved on to second.

After a Tucker Alexander walk, McCartney, Caraway and Springer each posted RBI singles to push the Storm advantage to 4-0 after three innings.

SAU would nip at the Storm lead with a run in the fifth thanks to an SE error and another in the sixth on an RBI double that cut the score to 4-2.

Southeastern would add another run on a throwing error in the sixth to push the lead out to 5-2 which would hold to be the final score.

Marris would retire nine-straight Muleriders between the sixth and ninth innings before allowing a pair of ninth inning hits, but he would finish the game with a strikeout to preserve the victory.

The nightcap was a rough follow-up in which the Storm committed two errors and allowed just two hits, but SAU took advantage of those along with seven walks and two hit batsmen to swipe a 5-1 win.

Eddie Cervantes got the start and was saddled with the loss after allowing four runs, just one earned, on two hits with three K's across from four walks in 4.1 innings of work.

Levi Lewis tossed two-thirds of an inning in relief and allowed an unearned run on no hits with three walks.

Storm Griffin would come on to toss the final two innings and allow no runs on no hits with one strikeout.

The bats also chilled for the portion of the lineup that had carried the load in the opener. The two-hole through seven-hole followed up its 10-for-20 opener with a 2-for-16 effort.

Ryan Salter, however, bounced back from a hitless opener to post a 3-for-4 outing with a stolen base.

Caraway, Grimmett and Trevor Bowen each added a hit in the effort.

Aaron Chalk, who came on to replace Springer in the fourth inning recorded the lone RBI.

SAU scored first and took advantage of an error and a pair of walks to take a 3-0 lead following a triple to right-center that got away from Springer in center as he suffered a slight injury while trying to make a play on the ball.

The Muleriders would follow up with a run in the fifth and another in the sixth, with the fifth inning run being the only earned tally of the contest against SE pitching.

SE would pick up a run in the sixth when Chalk beat out a double play ball to allow Alexander to score, but would be unable to bring home any more runs in the 5-1 loss.


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