Michael Clemens will start the Cowboys' regular-season finale Saturday. (Rick Hickman / American Press)
Last Modified: Thursday, May 15, 2014 2:21 PMSpacious, windy Didier Field is a difficult venue for visitors even when Nicholls State isn’t that good at baseball. That’s particularly true when McNeese comes to town — the Cowboys haven’t won a series in Thibodaux since 2007.
This year promises to be even tougher.
The Colonels (29-24, 18-9 Southland) head into this weekend with a shot at clinching a share of the SLC title with a sweep of the Cowboys (28-23, 17-10).
“Seth (Thibodeaux) has always done a really good job there,” said McNeese coach Justin Hill. “They play the right way. Pitching is the strength of their program. I’m kind of excited to see how we match up against them.”
It’s not easy to go yard in Nicholls’ yard, but Hill thinks the Cowboy offense is versatile enough to find ways to scratch out runs.
“That’s why you have to have a balanced offensive approach from the get-go,” Hill said, “because half your games will be on the road. You can’t really change that. Now, does it change how you may manage certain situations? Absolutely. If you’re trying for one run or to add one on, it may change some things you do in the game. But as far as overall offensive approach, nothing will change.”
Nothing will change in McNeese’s rotation, either. Though “TBA” was originally penciled in as the Cowboys’ Saturday starter, Hill said Michael Clemens (4-3, 5.54 ERA) will get the ball in the regular-season finale.
However, Clemens might be limited as McNeese keeps an eye on next week’s conference tournament.
“We had debated about getting him some rest for the tournament, but we decided to stick with Mike’s normal routine,” Hill said. “It’ll probably be a shortened stint. A lot will depend on how other games play out to see what we want to do in that Saturday game.
“In a perfect situation we’ll use Lance Sefcik or Michael Desabrais, but how often do those work out?”
Kaleb Fontenot (5-1, 2.38) will start tonight and Bryce Kingsley (5-3, 5.64) will take the ball on Friday.
The conference tournament begins next week in Conway, Ark. The Cowboys could wind up anywhere from the No. 2 to No. 7 seed.
“Obviously there’s a lot to play for this weekend,” Hill said. “We’re going there to win the games.”