NATCHITOCHES – The free bases and big innings the Northwestern State baseball team had become accustomed to in the first four games of its current homestand were still there Thursday afternoon.
Unfortunately for the Demons, visiting South Dakota State was the one who benefited.
The Jackrabbits used a pair of big innings – one early and one late – to power a 16-2 win in the opener of a four-game series. Northwestern had rolled up 76 runs while allowing just 12 in a sweep of a three-game series with Alcorn State last weekend, and a 21-7 laugher over Lamar Tuesday.
But the tables turned completely around Thursday.
“We were pretty poor today,” sixth-year head coach Bobby Barbier said. “We were pretty poor on the mound. Their guy was pretty good, and we just couldn’t get to him. This shows you what it looks like when you don’t show up. That’s pretty indicative of today. You get an eight spot in the second inning, and that’s hard to overcome, especially when you have three more games this weekend. Hopefully, we’ll see what we’re about and come out ready to play (Friday).”
The Demons (7-10) saw their season-long, four-game win streak come to an end in a flurry of hit batters and timely hits by the Jackrabbits (5-10).
The series continues with a 2 p.m. doubleheader today at Brown-Stroud Field, and wraps up Saturday to accommodate SDSU’s travel home.
Photo by CHRIS REICH, Northwester State