Baseball, softball back in swing

Published 11:21 am Thursday, February 22, 2024

McNeese State’s baseball and softball teams with have busy weekends on their home fields starting Friday.

The Cowboys, looking for their first victory of the season, will host New Mexico State (2-2) in a four-game series that will end Monday at 11 a.m.

McNeese is looking for its first win of the season after starting with four losses.

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While there were some positives in the loss to Louisiana-Lafayette, as the Cowboys picked up a season-high 13 hits, head coach Justin Hill is looking for more.

“I haven’t really looked at what has happened yet,” said Hill. “The goal is to win.

“We got to get a win. The next one is the one we got to try to win.”

Zach Voss will get the start tonight. He will face the Aggies’ Treyjen Meza in a battle of right-handers. 

McNeese is still trying to recover from a tough opening weekend against No. 8 Texas A&M, which swept the Cowboys outsourcing them 31-1.

“Not the start we wanted,” said Hill. “That is part of the learning curve for this team to learn how to play the game the right way.”

Steve Solorzano leads New Mexico State with a .429 batting average. Connor Westenburg is the only Cowboy hitting over .300 as he will enter the series at .333.

He moved up to the leadoff spot in the order last Sunday and had a pair of doubles against ULL in Tuesday’s 11-3 loss in the home opener.

This is the second of nine straight home games for the Cowboys.

As for the Cowgirls, this weekend marks the third straight one they will host a tournament to open the season. 

They will enter the Cowgirl Classic II after knocking off Boise State Wednesday night, 4-1. The win improved the Cowgirls to 7-4 in the early going as they enter open their tourney today against Niagara with the first pitch set for 11 a.m.

Rylie Bouvier hit her first home run of the season in the win while Shaelyn Sanders went the distance in the circle to run her record to 3-2.

“I think we have the pieces to be a really good team,” said McNeese softball coach James Landreneau. “We are going to keep working on it.”

Of the Cowgirls’ four losses this year three have been against Top 25 teams last week, including two against No. 1 Oklahoma. 

The Cowgirls are hoping to get more balance in their offense from top to bottom.

“We have to have more stress in our at-bats,” said Landreneau. “We want to have a team that can cause stress on the defense 1 through 9.”