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Northwestern State pair named to Southland All-Tournament Team
May 29, 2014 | 156 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After Steven Spann's complete game, no-hit bid over Sam Houston and Nick Heath's dominating performance at the plate throughout the week, both were named to the Southland Conference baseball All-Tournament team the league announced Saturday after its tournament championship.

The No. 4 seed Demons (33-26, 19-11 SLC) eliminated top-seeded Sam Houston State Friday morning after Spann carried a no-hit bid into the eighth inning before Ryan O'Hearn broke it up with a one-out solo home run to right field. Spann completed the game, and allowed only the one run and two other hits.

The right-handed senior was staked to a quick edge on a bases-loaded hit by pitch in the second inning, then got insurance with a three-run top of the eighth to help in the 4-1 win.

Heath was a tough out throughout the tournament with 10 hits in 16 at-bats, and three different three-hit games in the four the Demons played.

The redshirt freshman was the designated hitter on the team and finished the tournament with three runs scored, two runs knocked in and two stolen bases.

Both of his stolen bases were against SLU in the final game. He swiped second base after a single, and then caught the Lions off-guard and took third base. He scored from there on a ground out by Joel Atkinson.

The Demons were eliminated by eventual tournament champion Southeastern Louisiana, and finished in the semifinals.

NSU lost its first game of the tourney to SLU, and then defeated both the No. 8 seed Lamar and Sam Houston in elimination games.

With the two wins, Northwestern State advanced to the semifinals, and needed to beat the Lions twice to notch a place in the finals.

The Demons held a 3-2 lead in the ninth inning of the first game, but Southeastern put five runs on the board and eliminated NSU, 7-3. It was the fifth time the two teams faced each other in eight days.

Though they weren't named to the all-tournament team, Edwin Gomez and Chase Daughdrill had good weeks at the plate as well.

Gomez finished with eight hits in 17 at-bats, and had one RBI and two runs scored. Daughdrill had 7 hits in 18 at-bats, and two runs scored.

With the two wins in the tournament, first time NSU had a win in postseason since 2006, the Demons matched the program's largest turnaround margin at 17 wins.

They finished with 14 more conference wins in 2014 than they did in 2013, and that is the largest margin in league history.
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