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Cowboys and Privateers share doubleheader, UNO takes series

NEW ORLEANS, La. – After an offensively driven first game of the day, McNeese Baseball (18-20, 3-9 SLC) and New Orleans (23-16, 8-4 SLC) split the doubleheader, with the Cowboys earning an 18-17 victory in the earlier part and the Privateers won the final 6-3 game at Maestri Field Saturday.

McNeese had 22 hits in the first game of the day, marking a new season high for the Pokes. The 18 points scored are just one point shy of the team’s season high.

Braley Hollins had a career performance in the first game of the day, going 4-for-5 with six RBIs and three runs scored. The hit and RBI totals mark career highs for the redshirt sophomore.

The Cowboys return home to play host to Louisiana Christian at Joe Miller Ballpark on Tuesday night at 6 p.m.

Game 1:

McNeese rode his hot bats in the top frame of the game, scoring six runs on six hits to set the tone of the game. Facing a six-run deficit before the first batter came to the plate, UNO scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning.

The Cowboys continued to ride the wave of momentum with a three-run top of the second inning to tie the game at 9-3 in favor of the Pokes. The Privateers scored seven in the bottom of the second inning to take their first lead of the game at 10-9 heading into the third.

After the Privateers extended their lead to 11-9 in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Cowboys responded with a four-run inning in the top of the fifth for a 13-11 lead, good for 16 hits at this point in the game.

In the top of the 7th, sophomore Braley Hollins hit his second home run of the game and of the season to extend the Pokes’ lead to four runs. McNeese also added a pair of runs in the eighth on a two-RBI single from the senior Elliot Hebert to make it 17-11. The Privateers tied the game in the bottom of the eighth at 17 apiece.

Junior Grant Mangrum provided the go-ahead and ultimately the final run in the top of the ninth inning as a senior Braden Duhon over home plate before entering the lower frame.

Pitching appearances (Game 1)
Zach Fox: 1.1 IP, 2 K’s, 3 H, 3 BB, 7 ER
Kainin Morrow: 1.1 IP, 0 K, 4 H, 1 BB, 3 ER
Ty Abraham: 5.0 IP, 5 K’s, 4 H, 3 BB, 3 ER
Brock Barthelemy: 0.0 IP, 0 K, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 ER
Daelan Caraway: 0.0 IP, 0 K, 0 H, 2 BB, 0 ER
Brian Shadrick: 1.1 IP, 0 K, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 ER, Win

Game 2:

After a scoreless inning to get things started, New Orleans owned a huge bottom half of the second inning, taking the lead by five runs.

McNeese responded with a run of his own in the fourth before the Privateers matched them in the bottom frame. Starting with an RBI single from Hebert, the Pokes scored two in the fifth inning as a senior Peyton LeJeune crossed home. Senior Kuiper Hext placed the final run on a fielder’s choice for Hollins.

Both teams remained scoreless through the last four innings played.

Junior Max Swenson recorded a career-high five strikeouts during his time on the mound, throwing the longest of any Cowboy on the day at 5.2 innings.

Pitching appearances (game 2)
Alexis Gravel: 2.0 IP, 1 K, 5 H, 3 BB, 5 ER
Max Swenson: 5.2 IP, 5 K’s, 4 H, 4 BB, 1 ER
Evan Maldonado: 0.1 IP, 0 K, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 ER

McNeese notes

Six runs in an inning is the most this year. (Last: 6 vs. NMSU, 8e collection)
Kainin Morrow made his 17e appearance of 2024, tied for the team high.
Performances with multiple hits: Kuiper Hext (13e & 14e), Braden Duhon (11e), Grant Mangrum (7e), Parker Stroh (4e), Elliot Hebert (3rd), Braley Hollins (2NL)
Kuiper Hext extended his hitting streak to seven games.
Elliot Hebert has collected a goal in four consecutive games.
Second time this season with 20+ hits. (Last: 20 vs. PVAMU)
First game since 2017, the team collected six doubles in a game.
Braley Hollins is the first Cowboy to hit two or more home runs in a game in just over a month.