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College baseball: Rains, Knotts help NSU rout UNO

by Russell Hedges
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Staff Reports and Jason Pugh, Northwestern State Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations; featured photo by Chris Reich, NSU Photographic Services

NATCHITOCHES – Former Haughton star Colin Rains and Parkway standout Hayden Knotts helped the Northwestern State Demons defeat UNO 13-2 in seven innings Monday afternoon at Brown-Stroud Field.

Rains, a freshman rightfielder, went 3-for-4 with a home run, double and three RBI. Knotts, a sophomore shortstop, went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Knotts also went 4-for-5 with a home run and four RBI in an 18-15 loss in Game 1 of the three-game Southland Conference series Friday. UNO also won Game 2 14-6.

Rains’ homer was a three-run shot that capped a seven-run third inning.

Senior right-handed Dawson Flowers (3-4) held New Orleans (29-22, 13-8) for five innings. He allowed four hits in six innings.

Flowers did not allow more than one Privateer on base at a time until the sixth inning – at which point the Demon offense had built a 9-0 lead.

NSU (20-31, 11-13) has clinched a spot in the Southland Conference Tournament from May 22-25 in Hammond.

The Demons return to action Thursday when they host Stephen F. Austin in the opener of the final three-game series of the regular season. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. at Brown-Stroud Field.

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