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Demons season comes to an end with 10-4 loss to Texas State Bobcats
May 22, 2012 | 293 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Senior Nick Hinojos takes a swing during Friday’s heartbreaking 7-6 loss. 		      Photo by KevinShannahan
Senior Nick Hinojos takes a swing during Friday’s heartbreaking 7-6 loss. Photo by KevinShannahan
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NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State knew it had to beat Texas State on Saturday afternoon and have Texas A&M-Corpus Christi lose in order for the Demons to make the Southland Conference postseason baseball tournament.

Unfortunately only one of those happened as the Demons fell 10-4 in the season finale while Corpus dropped an 8-7 decision at Texas-Arlington.

The loss ended NSU’s season at 19-32 overall and 14-19 in conference play and finishes in a tie for ninth place with Lamar and Corpus Christi. The Islanders earn the tiebreaker over both the Demons and Cardinals with their series wins over both teams in the regular season.

Texas State (31-22, 19-14), the host team for this year’s tournament, earned the No. 3 seed and will play sixth-seeded Stephen F. Austin at 4 on Wednesday.

On Saturday, the Demons honored seven players in a pregame ceremony who played their final game in the Demon uniform.

One of those, Colin Bear, ended his career with a bang after he hit .727 in the series with two doubles, a home run and five RBI. His 3-for-4 game on Saturday game him 180 hits in his four-year career and ranks him ninth on the school’s all-time career hits record list.

Bear started the game on the mound and did well until the Bobcats started to get to him in the fifth inning. He left the game with two down in the fourth and allowed three runs on five hits with three strikeouts and two walks.

The Demons trailed 1-0 in the first inning but then went up 3-1 after a three-spot in the fourth inning behind a couple of run scoring doubles by seniors Ryan Westbrook and Ray Frias.

NSU tacked on another run in the fifth to go up 4-3 after Texas State knotted things up 3-3 in the top of the inning. But a five run sixth frame by the Bobcats put them up 8-4 and then another two runs in the eighth inning shut the door on the Demons season.

Joe Scanio (5-4) took the loss after he allowed four runs on two hits with a walk and a strikeout. Three other NSU pitchers, A.J. Funk, Carson Goldsmith and Zach Winchester combined to throw 3 2-3 innings and allowed three runs on three hits.

Texas State, who ran out seven pitchers on the day, was victorious behind Hunter Lemke’s arm after he entered the game with two out in the fifth inning and threw two scoreless innings.

Offensivley, the Bobcats outhit the Demons by a 10-7 margin as Jeff McVaney was perfect from the plate with a 5-for-5 day with five RBI and a run scored. Ben McElroy and Garrett Mattlage added two hits each.

Bear was the only Demon to have multiple hits on the day as Drew Helenihi, Jordan Buckley, Westbrook and Frias – all seniors – joined Bear to give NSU its seven hits.

The rest of the tournament field has No. 1 Sam Houston State playing No. 8 A&M-Corpus Christi, No. 2 Southeastern Louisiana against No. 7 Central Arkansas, and No. 4 Texas-Arlington facing No. 5 McNeese State.

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