Statesmen clinch top seed
by Donell Maxie
Apr 28, 2014 | 1893 views | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A 4-0 shutout victory on Saturday and a 6-5 come from behind win on Friday over the West Florida Argos was all the Delta State Statesmen needed to move into the top spot in the Gulf South Conference.

The Statesmen and the Argos battled to earn the top spot next week as they head into the Gulf South Conference Tournament, which will be held at Young Memorial Field in Birmingham, Ala., on the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).

The Statesmen concluded the third game on Saturday and won

With the win in game two the Statesmen improved to 35-9 overall with a 24-5 mark in the GSC. West Florida dropped to 31-9 overall with a 22-7 mark in the GSC.

In Saturday's game two, Delta State's Brent Langston got things started with a two run homer in the second inning for a 2-0 lead.

Herrington reached base on a fielder's choice and allowed Jonathan Andrews to score from third for a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth.

Delta State added another run un the bottom of the eighth when Carlos Leal doubled to left center and Langston followed with a RBI double down the left field line to score Leal and give the Statesmen a 4-0 lead.

The Argos tried to make something happen in the top of the ninth, but with one out and two runners on base, the Statesmen were able to end the inning by getting a fly ball out and a ground out to end the game two and clinch the No. 1 seed.

Drew Milligan picked up the win for DSU (3-2) and Dayan Rodriguez (6-1) suffered the loss.

Langston finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs at the plate to lead DSU, while Leal was 2-for-3.

In Saturday’s finale, DSU scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth to help pull away with the victory. Ben Pickard went 2-for-3 with four RBIs, while Dex Herrington went 3-for-3 with a RBI and a run scored to lead the Statesmen at the plate.

Jonathan Moody earned the win for DSU on the mound as he pitched six innings and gave up four runs on six hits with seven strikeouts and no walks. Taylor Stark earned his fourth save of the season by pitching a scoreless seventh for DSU.

On Friday the Statesmen struggled the entire game going scoreless throughout the entire contest, but with their backs against the wall and trailing 5-0 the Statesmen's bats came alive as they scored six runs in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Pickard started the rally with a leadoff walk before advancing to second base on Landon Thibodeaux's single. Marc McMillian came in to pinch hit and delivered off the bench with a single to right field to score Pickard for a 5-1 game. The hit moved Hinton to second base. Jordan Chovanec added to the rally with a RBI single to right center field allowing Hinton to score for a 5-2 score and move McMillian to second. Will Robertson walked on the next at bat to load the bases and Herrington followed with an RBI single to score McMillian for a 5-3 game while also keeping the bases loaded.

West Florida made a pitching change, bringing in Kevin Peters to face Langston. Chovanec scored on a single to left field to make the score 5-4, leaving the bases loaded and Delta State trailing by one run with just one out. On the next at bat Leal singled through the right side on the first pitch he saw from Peters, driving home Robertson and Herrington to cap off the dramatic comeback giving the Statesmen a 6-5 win.

Trevor Blocker picked up the win for DSU and Kevin Peters suffered the loss for UWF.

Chovanec led DSU at the plate going 4-for-5 with a RBI. Leal was 2-for-5 with two RBIs and McMillian, Herrington and Langston had a hit with an RBI each.