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Muleriders take both ends of Saturday's twin bill with Ouachita; win seventh GAC series


April 21, 2019

MAGNOLIA, Ark. – After losing a two-run lead late to drop Friday evening's series opener with Ouachita, the Southern Arkansas Baseball team bounced back on Saturday as the Muleriders took both ends of the afternoon's twin bill to win their seventh Great American Conference series of the season and also clinch a berth in the upcoming league tournament.

The Muleriders won 7-4 in game two and rallied late to take a 4-3 decision in the rubber match to improve to 27-16 overall and 20-9 in GAC play. Next weekend, SAU will host regular season champion Arkansas-Monticello in a three-game series with an opportunity to lock up the No. 2 seed with a sweep of the Weevils. The Muleriders will also be looking to extend the program's streak of consecutive 30-win seasons to 19 straight.

In the opener, the Muleriders answered a single run from Ouachita in the second inning with three runs in the third and two more in the fourth inning to take a 5-1 lead. In the fifth, the Tigers responded with two runs to cut into the deficit at 5-3, but a two-run sixth inning from SAU that included an RBI double by Brett McGee and a sacrifice fly from the bat of Kane Koenigseder, pushed the Muleriders out front 7-3.

The Tigers would add a run in the ninth off of reliever Tanner Vaught who was solid in 4.1 innings of work. He allowed just four hits and a walk while striking out seven.

Of the Muleriders' 13 hits in the opener, seven were doubles and five plated runs. Two doubles each by McGee, Jansen McCurdy and Zach Muldoon highlighted the effort, in addition to Dakota Wright adding a two-bagger.

In the rubber match, Southern Arkansas overcame a 3-2 deficit in the sixth inning as Muldoon singled home Cooper King to tie the game, moments before Wright plated Muldoon with the go-ahead and winning run.

Nathan Stubber's 0.2 innings of relief in the sixth inning set him up as the pitcher of record as the Muleriders rallied to give closer Matt Kortendick a one-run cushion for him to pick up his ninth save of the season.

Before the Weevils roll into Magnolia, Southern Arkansas travels to Texarkana for a 7 p.m. first-pitch with Texas A&M-Texarkana on Tuesday, April 23.


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