Gents roll, other local colleges stumble on diamond

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Fifth-ranked Arkansas scored three seventh-inning runs Thursday night to erase a 3-2 deficit and post a 5-4 win over No. 12 LSU at Baum-Walker Stadium.

Arkansas improved to 26-7 overall, 9-4 in the SEC, while LSU dropped to 23-10 overall and 7-6 in conference play.

“We’ve got to play better,” said LSU coach Jay Johnson. “If we handle the baseball, we win tonight. We’re working extremely hard at it; we’ve got to be aggressive and do a better job on defense. Our pitchers executed the way they’re supposed to, but we didn’t give them the support they needed.

“It was a battle. Arkansas is in first place (in the SEC Western Division) for a reason. They’re a very complete team in terms of athleticism, pitching and defense, so we need to perform at a higher level in order to beat them.”

Haughton’s Peyton Stovall, a true freshman first baseman for the Razorbacks, had an eighth-inning single among his four plate appearances. He stole second.

CENTENARY 10, AUSTIN COLLEGE 0: Parker Primeaux tossed a three-hit, seven-inning shutout of the Kangaroos in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play at Shehee Stadium. Primeaux didn’t walk anyone and struck out six to improve his record to 6-3. Brady Robinson was 3-for-5 with an RBI while Tyler Erickson and Cade LaBruyere were both 2-for-3, with LaBruyere driving in two runs for Centenary (18-13, 8-5).

NICHOLLS 8, NORTHWESTERN STATE 2: The Colonels converted their fifth-inning opportunity after the Demons didn’t, as Nicholls distanced itself in the Southland Conference series opener in Thibodaux. The visitors (15-17, 5-5) loaded the bases with one out but didn’t break a scoreless tie, but the Colonels (18-13, 6-4) plated three in the fifth and pulled away from a 3-2 edge with a five-run eighth.

TEXAS SOUTHERN 8, GRAMBLING 2: The visiting Tigers (13-20, 8-5) jumped out to a 2-0 lead midway through the second inning, but Texas Southern (16-15, 7-6) scored eight straight runs, including five between the fourth and fifth innings, to pick up the Southwestern Athletic Conference win in Houston.

UL LAFAYETTE 14, ULM 2: In Lafayette, the Ragin’ Cajuns unleashed a season-high 19 hits and plastered the Warhawks in the opener of a Sun Belt Conference series. ULL (19-14, 8-5) raced to a 10-2 lead after three and ULM (11-20-1, 4-8-1) made three errors.

SOFTBALL

MCNEESE 1, NORTHWESTERN STATE 0: Each team managed only three hits, but league-leading McNeese cashed in to start a Southland Conference series at the Lady Demon Diamond. A two-out, seeing-eye single through the right side in the top of the third plated the only run of the game for the Cowgirls (25-15, 8-1). The Lady Demons (24-16, 6-4) didn’t convert after their first two hitters reached base, and Maggie Black was stranded after she cracked a leadoff double in the third.

NORTH TEXAS 8, LOUISIANA TECH 2: A five-run fifth inning blew open a tight game as the Mean Green prevailed at Lovelace Stadium in the first game of the Conference USA series. Trailing 3-2 after plating a run in the top of the fifth, the Lady Techsters (27-16, 7-6) surrendered five runs in the bottom of the frame as North Texas (25-8, 12-3) capitalized on two home runs and a two-run double in the inning.