4-22-07 - Clay Glover was unhittable in Southeastern Oklahoma State's series finale Sunday afternoon against Cameron at the Ballpark in Durant.
The junior from Monroe, Okla. struckout a career-high 16 batters in a one-hit shutout and Daniel Hoegh delivered the game-winning hit in the eighth inning to propel the Storm to a 1-0 win over the Aggies.
The win evens Southeastern's season record at 25-25, improves its mark against LSC North Division opponents to 11-9 and upped its crossover mark to 24-20 (.545).
The Storm pulled with a game and a half of second-place Southwestern Oklahoma State in the North Division, and is now just percentage points behind the final wild card berth in the LSC Postseason tournament as Texas A&M-Kingsville is 22-18 (.550).
SOSU can make the tournament by finishing among the top two in the North Division or by having one of the two best overall LSC marks of the remaining squads. The six-team tournament will be played May 5-8 in Abilene, Texas.
Glover ensured the Storm stayed in the chase by delivering a gutsy, if not brilliant performance against the Aggies. His 16 stirkeouts fell two short of SOSU's all-time, nine-inning single game mark as Kendall Prather struck out 18 against East Central on April 6, 2001 in Ada.
Glover struggled with his control at times and walked the bases full in the fifth, but got Mark Armstrong swinging and induced Ryan Whiteley to foul out to right to end the threat.
The first two Aggies also reached the next inning as Glover issued a leadoff walk to B.J. Cole and Blake Watson reached on an error. With his pitch count up, Glover caught Josh Mathiesen looking on a sacrifice bunt attempt and K'd Bryan Nichols for two outs.
Lance Powers came through with a diving stop to his left to rob Kyle Walbrick of an RBI and Cameron of its best run-scoring thr eat of the day to send the game scoreless into the eighth.
That's when the Storm finally broke through against Aggie starter J.W. Koweno, who allowed seven hits, while throwing 94 pitches in a complete game.
SOSU's Brad Northcott opened the inning by reaching on a bunt attempt after Cameron third baseman Nichols' throw sailed wide of of the bag at first. Powers followed with a well-placed bunt single to give the Storm runners on first and second with no outs.
After Erik Hughes reached on a fielder's choice on a failed sacrifice attempt, Clay delivered an RBI single up the middle to score Powers for the only run of the game.
Powers paced the SOSU attack by going 2-for-3, while Jared Johnson extended his season-best hitting streak to seven games with a single to right field in the seventh.
Whiteley accouted for Cameron's lone hit of the game when his grounder to third base took a bad hop to allude SOSU third baseman Hughes.
Glover improved t o 6-6 on the season in a 175-pitch performance.
The Savage Storm continue the stretch run with a doubleheader against rival East Central on Wednesday before closing the regular season with a three-game set at Northeastern State next weekend.