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Demons complete sweep of Lamar, remain in atop SLC
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Sophomore Jacob Roark picked up the win in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Lamar. He pitched seven innings, allowed six hits and struck out nine. 	         Photo by Gary Hardemon
Sophomore Jacob Roark picked up the win in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Lamar. He pitched seven innings, allowed six hits and struck out nine. Photo by Gary Hardemon
NATCHITOCHES – A lead-off home run by Lamar to start the game wasn’t enough to rattle Northwestern State starting pitcher Andrew Adams as he settled to allow just three more hits an no runs through 6.1 innings, meanwhile designated hitter Matt Farmer knocked in a career-high five runs, including a go-ahead two-run home run in the bottom of the second inning to help lead the Demons to a 10-5 Southland Conference baseball sweep over the Cardinals Sunday afternoon.

The win moved the Demons to 10-12 overall and 7-2 in conference play as they remain tied for first place in the league standings with Sam Houston State who finished off a sweep over preseason favorite Texas State. Lamar dropped to 8-15 and 1-8 in the Southland.

Adams (1-2) notched his first win of the year after he allowed just the one run and struck out five batters to just one walk. Four more Demons pitched out of the bullpen the remainder of the 2.2 innings as Joe Scanio wrapped things up by pitching a scoreless ninth to close out the win.

The Cardinals jumped on Adams early when Jude Vidrine hit a 3-1 pitch over the wall at the deepest part of the field in center field but it almost went for naught as center fielder Drew Helenihi reached over the wall to attempt the rob, but the ball ricocheted off the front part of his glove and fell outside the park for the home run. Adams got the next three batters out and didn’t allow another hit until one out in the fifth inning.

“He (Adams) was up in the zone early and getting behind batters but when we got the lead, he settled down, got some ground ball and was able to strike some guys out, which is what we expected of him,” said head coach J.P. Davis.

After falling behind 1-0, Farmer, who was making just his sixth appearance on the season and led the team with a 3-for-5 showing at the plate, put the Demons up for good with his two-run home run over the right field wall one batter after Will Watson reached on an error by Lamar starting pitcher Colin Chapman.

The Demons opened things up in the third with a four-run inning with Farmer coming through once again with a two-run single to cap off the scoring and giving the Demons a 6-1 lead.

Adams sat down 12 of the 14 Lamar batters from the third through the sixth innings as the Demons kept putting up the runs – two in the fifth and two in the sixth, to take a 10-1 lead.

“Farmer has been a pinch-hitter role player for us so far this season and hasn’t really had a start yet,” said Davis. “With our DH guys struggling a bit lately, and after batting practice this morning, Mac (hitting coach Jeff McCannon) and I decided to pencil him in the lineup because it was a good matchup for him.”

In addidtion to Farmer’s three hits to lead the team’s 11-hit attack., first baseman Nick Hinojos had a 2-for-4 day with two runs scored while Helenihi finished 2-for-5 with two runs scored.

Chapman (0-2) took the loss for Lamar after he lasted 2.2 innings and gave up six runs on four hits with two walks and 11 strikeouts.

Offensively, the Cardinals put up eight hits as center fielder Joe Arechiga and first baseman Seth Dornak led the way with two hits apiece.

The sweep was the first for the Demons over Lamar since the 2006 season and NSU is out to its best start in conference play since the 2005 season when the Demons opened that championship year 8-1 through nine games.

“It’s always great to get a sweep,” said Davis. “I’m very proud of the way we played this weekend.”

Next up for the Demons will be a mid-week affair at Louisiana Tech on Tuesday with the first pitch slated for 6 p.m.

NSU will return home next Friday when it opens a three-game conference series against Stephen F. Austin.

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