March 01, 2014123456789RHE
Win: Clemens (2-0) 9.050002
Loss: Hasler (1-1) 4.174310
Paciocco (VALPO) 202000
Williams (MCN) 533000
Marion (MCN) 523300
McNeese State Evens Series with Win over Valpo Saturday
Saturday, March 1, 2014
McNeese State Evens Series with Win over Valpo Saturday
Kyle Schneider got his first hit of the season Saturday versus McNeese State. (Ray Acevedo)

The Crusaders were unable to solve Michael Clemens Saturday as the McNeese State right-hander tossed a five-hit shutout in an 8-0 win over Valpo in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

The Cowboys took an early 1-0 lead when Chayse Marion doubled home Jackson Gooch in the bottom of the first. Saturday represented the third time a Valpo starting pitcher allowed at least one first-inning run.

Crusader starter Drew Hasler (South Bend, Ind./Mishawaka Marian) allowed a leadoff single to right fielder Matt Williams in the third. With one out, Williams moved into scoring position via a wild pitch. After Hasler got Marion to ground out for the second out, he unleashed another wild pitch. Williams was able to score on the play for a 2-0 score.

McNeese State put up a crooked number in its half of the fifth. Connor Lloyd recorded an RBI single up the middle that plated Williams. Lloyd's run-scoring hit was the third of the inning and brought Hasler's day to an end.

Ellis Foreman (Round Rock, Texas/Stony Point) walked the first man he faced before James Cantu brought Marion home with a sacrifice fly to right field. With Clemens in control on the hill, the 4-0 deficit seemed significant.

The Cowboys doubled their lead in a bottom of the sixth inning that saw six singles. Trevor Haas (Mount Prospect, Ill./Hersey) came on in relief after Foreman surrendered his fifth hit of the frame. McNeese State made it 8-0 when Andy Burns (Edwardsville, Ill./Edwardsville [Heartland CC]) couldn't handle a ball off the bat of Cantu. 

Valpo's best scoring chance came in the top of the seventh. JP Paciocco (Austin, Texas/Crockett) and Kyle Schneider (Mishawaka, Ind./Penn) recorded back-to-back one-out hits, but they were erased when Grant Yoder (Fort Wayne, Ind./Snider) grounded into an inning-ending double play.

Paciocco was 2-for-2 on the day.

Haas worked 1 2/3 innings without allowing a hit or a walk. The sophomore struck out a pair of Cowboys. Jason Condit (Putnam, Ill./Henry-Senachwine [Illinois Central College]) summoned three ground ball outs in a 1-2-3 bottom of the 8th.

The Crusaders (4-4) look to shake off the 8-0 loss Sunday afternoon in a 1:00 pm CT first pitch. Freshman Mario Losi (Anaheim, Calif./Canyon) shoots for his first career win as McNeese State will counter with right-hander Michael DeSabrais (0-0, 1.93). Links to the audio and live stats are up at