Sunday, May 26, 2013

Central Arkansas wins first Southland Conference baseball tournament, heads to NCAA Regionals

Photo by Darla Tamulitis-La Vita Loca Photography
By Roert H Kelly
Copyright 2013 TexSport Publications

SUGAR LAND, TEXAS (May 26, 2013)  The Southland Conference has a new baseball tournament champion and the team that won it set a historical milestone that has never been achieved in school history.

Central Arkansas, fresh off the heels of advancing to the championship game by beating Oral Roberts, downed the Southeastern Louisiana Lions by the score of 4-0, to secure their first ever Southland Conference Tournament title at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas on Saturday evening, May 25, 2013

With the win, they will advance to the NCAA tournament with an eye on the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska next month.

The Bears scored three runs in the third inning and added an insurance run in the seventh to take home the tournament title and trophy back to Conway, Arkansas.

Freshman pitcher Conner Gilmore went the distance for Central Arkansas, giving up only two hits for the shutout.

The 6-5, right-handed freshman hurler from Little Rock, Arkansas faced 30 batters and threw 126 pitches for the win; raising his record on the mound to 4-0 for the season.

Central Arkansas tallied their four runs on seven hits while committing a single error.

Southeastern Louisiana finished their 2013 campaign with a 36-24 record and placed two players on the All-Tournament Team.

Freshman first baseman Jameson Fisher and senior outfielder Ladd Rhodes were selected to the elite squad by a vote of the media covering the tournament.

Central Arkansas placed four players, including the tournament Most Valuable Player, on the team.

Senior catcher Michael Marietta, senior third baseman Garrett Brown, and Gilmore were selected as position players on the elite squad.

Senior outfielder Forrestt Allday was named the tournament MVP.

He played in all five of the Bears’ games in the tournament; going 8-for-19 with two runs and one RBI.

Readers can click here for stats from the game.

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