LAKE CHARLES – Matt Gallier and Nate Fisbeck belted back-to-back eighth inning home runs as Robbie Podorsky led an offensive attack that saw 22 hits by going 5-for-6 and McNeese scored 10 runs in innings 6-8 to cruise past Prairie View 16-7 in the first game of a three-game baseball series here Friday night.
The top four hitters in the McNeese batting order collected 14 of the Cowboys’ 22 hits and drove in eight runs while scoring eight as the Cowboys remained perfect at home while improving to 6-4 on the year.
The victory kept the Cowboys (6-4) perfect at home on the season as the series continues with a 3 o’clock first pitch on Saturday. Prairie View fell to 1-10 on the year while dropping its 10th straight game.
Grant Anderson (1-0) picked up his first win of the season in relief work after he entered the game with one out in the top of the sixth inning.
Austin Sanders started the game and pitched well despite allowing four runs in the first and three more in the sixth. However those three were all unearned after they scored following a two-out infield error by the Cowboys.
Sanders struck out a career-high nine batters on the night in 5 2/3 innings pitched while walking just two.
After allowing a four spot in the first, the senior hurler settled in and faced the minimum batters for the next 4 2/3 innings before being lifted with two out in the sixth.
Offensively the Cowboys recorded double-digits in hits for the third straight game and for the fifth time on the season.
Podorsky led the way with a season-high five hits while Ricky Ramirez, Jr. collected four, including two doubles to increase his team-leading total to eight on the season.
Every Cowboy hitter in the lineup collected a hit while all but one scored and knocked in a run.
Prairie View scored four first inning runs to go up early but McNeese swung back quickly with three runs in the bottom of the inning behind RBI doubles by Ramirez, Jr. and Mitchell Rogers.
The Cowboys broke a 4-4 tie with two runs in the third on a two run Jake Cochran double to make it 6-4 but the Panthers came back with three unearned runs in the sixth to retake a 7-6 lead.
It was all McNeese from that point on.
A two-run single by Podorsky helped spark a 4-run, 5-hit inning as the Cowboys went back up 10-7, and after plating another two runs in the seventh to make it 12-7, a two-run home run by Gallier was followed by a solo shot off the bat of Fisbeck to ignite a 4-run eighth inning.
It was Gallier’s third home run of the season while Fisbeck smacked his fourth.
Anderson threw 2 1/3 of scoreless ball and allowed just one hit and Peyton McLemore tossed a scoreless ninth inning to close out the game.
The Panthers were led at the plate by Corbin Jamison and Cody Den Beste with two hits apiece.
Starting pitcher Edgar Sanchez (0-2) took the loss after throwing 5 1/3 innings and allowing 10 runs, nine earned on 12 hits with five strikeouts.