Cowboys hit road to face defending conference champion Sam Houston State

By By Alex Hickey / American Press

McNeese State is off to a strong start in conference play, but now the real challenges begin.

The Cowboys (17-10, 5-1 Southland) visit defending conference champion Sam Houston State (16-12, 4-2) this weekend, and a

series victory can go a long way in proving McNeese as a contender for this year’s crown.

“It seems like I say it every year, but every weekend is the biggest you’ll play,” said McNeese coach Terry Burrows. “Going

on the road to face these guys, they’ve been strong past couple years. There’s three good starters on their staff that can

beat you at any time. The key will be trying to get to the bullpen.”

The Bearkats will throw a trio of southpaws at the Cowboys — Cody Dickson (4-2, 3.07 ERA), Andrew Godail (3-1, 3.35) and Caleb

Smith (3-3, 3.43).

McNeese is hitting .246 against lefties this season, compared to .292 against right-handers.

McNeese’s hottest hitter happens to the left-handed Matt Williams, who is 12-for-21 with 7 RBI in the last five games.

Burrows hopes the streak can continue, but realizes other Cowboys will have to step up too.

“He’s swinging the bat well right now,

but if he struggles it’s understandable. That’s a tough task to ask of a

kid (with these

matchups),” Burrows said. “He and Chayse Marion have to be in the

lineup, they are swinging the bat well. We’re looking for

anything we can get out of our left-handed batters this weekend.”