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Demons shutout Stephen F. Austin 2-0, win series
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Sophomore Andrew Adams pitched five and 2/3 innings allowing just one hit and two walks while striking out six in Sunday’s win. 	                         Photo by Gary Hardemon
Sophomore Andrew Adams pitched five and 2/3 innings allowing just one hit and two walks while striking out six in Sunday’s win. Photo by Gary Hardemon
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NATCHITOCHES-Northwestern State starting pitcher Andrew Adams threw 5.2 scoreless innings and allowed just one hit while relief pitchers Joe Scanio and Mason Melotakis combined for 3.1 scoreless innings to help pace the Demons to a 2-0 win over Stephen F. Austin Sunday afternoon and a Southland Conference series win.

 The win moved the Demons to 12-14 overall and 9-3 in league play as they remain one game behind Sam Houston State for first place in the conference standings.  The Demons will visit the Bearkats next weekend for a three-game series.  SFA fell to 12-16 overall and 5-7 in the league.

 The victory also gave the Demons their fourth conference series win in four weekends.  It’s the first time that has happened since the 2005 league championship season.

 “This was a great all around effort and really proud of the team,” said head coach J.P. Davis.  “After coming out flat and losing that first game (on Saturday), we got a great effort in the second game and then today.  We came out today with great energy and grinded out the win.”

 Scanio (4-2) got his second win in as many days after he relieved Adams with two down in the sixth inning and a runner on first base.  He gave up a single to the first batter he faced but then got the next batter to ground out to end the inning.

 He got the Lumberjacks out in order in the seventh and after he allowed a lead-off single to start the eighth, got the SFA batter to hit into a double play.  He gave up his third hit of the game, this time to Hunter Dozier, and Davis lifted Scanio for Melotakis who got Chris Hernandez to fly out to end the eighth.

 Melotakis closed things out to earn his seventh save of the season and 12th of his career.

 “We got a big-time effort out of Adams,” said Davis.  “I’m really proud of him.  We decided to go with him last Sunday and he gave us a very good start then and he doubled that with an even better start today.”

 SFA got a nice outing from starter Colton Eubanks as he had a one-hit shutout going through five innings as well until the Demons plated two runs in the bottom of the sixth.

 The scoring started with Drew Helenihi got a one-out single to centerfield, and after Jordan Buckley flied out for the second in the inning, Nick Purdy doubled down the leftfield line to score Helenihi and break the scoreless tie.

 Colin Bear followed with a single up the middle to score Purdy to make it 2-0 and Will Watson got a pinch-hit single to keep the rally going until a grounder to third base ended the inning.

 Eubanks (3-2) took the loss after he allowed both runs on five hits.  He also walked one and struckout four.

 Both teams finished with five hits in the game as Helenihi led the Demons with a 2-for-4 game.  Purdy reached base three times on a double and two walks while Bear and Watson had the other two hits.

 NSU will be back in action on Tuesday when it visits Louisiana-Monroe to start a five-game stretch away from home.
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