ACU players salute Grayson Tatrow, 22, after hitting a solo homer to beat Texas A&M Corpus 1-0 to the Wildcats at the Southland Conference tournament on Thursday May 27, 2021 in Hammond, Louisiana Place of Christ.  ACU won 4-3.

Miller Ladusau scored a triple home run in the eighth inning, and Abilene Christian beat Texas A&M Corpus Christi 4-3 in the second round of the Southland Conference baseball tournament on Thursday in Hammond, Louisiana.

Grayson Tatrow put the Wildcats 1-0 ahead with a solo homer in the third inning, his 10th of the year, but Texas A&M Corpus Christi came back for one run on Justin Taylor’s prey fly in sixth and another in seventh to achieve Luke Marbach’s two-time solo homer.

ACU came back to win the game on Ladusaus Homer. Tatrow and Colton Eager led the eighth with walks. Tommy Cruz switched both with a sacrifice before Ladusau hit his seventh homer of the season.

Clyde grad Tanner Riley threw seventh place for his ninth save of the year, but not without drama. Brendan Ryan greeted him with a double, finished third on a wild pitch, and scored Leo Markotic’s sacrificial fly for running. However, Riley got his second hit in the inning to end the game.

Austin Glaze (4-1), ACU’s second pitcher of the game, won with relief. He allowed a run with one hit, hit three, and went none in 2⅔ innings. Wildcats starter Adam Stephenson retired from a run with five hits in 5⅓ innings. He struck six and left four.

Leo Perez (2: 4) lost the game, relieved for the Islanders (25:28). He gave up two runs with two hits. He went one. Starter Hayden Thomas allowed two runs with four hits in seven innings. He struck 11 and went three.

ACU (36-19), the regular season champion, will play Sam Houston (27-24) or Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (25-28) at 4pm on Friday to secure a spot in the title game. Sam Houston will play the Islanders in a playoff game at 9 a.m. on Friday.

McNeese defeated Southeastern Louisiana 3-2 on Thursday night, remaining the only undefeated team in that half. The Cowboys will play either Southeastern Louisiana or New Orleans in the semi-finals of the Double Elimination Tournament.

The title game will take place on Saturday at 6 p.m. The winner will receive the league’s automatic bid for the NCAA National Tournament.

SOUTHLAND TOURNAMENT

At Pat Kennelly Diamond at Alumni Field, Hammond, La.

Games on Wednesday

Game 1 – No. 4 Texas A&M Corpus Christi 5, No. 5 Sam Houston State 4

Game 2 – No. 1 ACU 7, No. 8 Lamar 1

Game 3 – No. 7 McNeese 12, No. 2 New Orleans 0 (8)

Game 4 – No. 3 Southeast Louisiana 2, No. 6 Northwest State 1

Thursday games

Loser bracket

Game 5 – Sam Houston 7, Lamar 4 (Lamar eliminated)

Game 6 – New Orleans 14, Northwestern State 2 (Northwester State eliminated)

Winner bracket

Game 7 – ACU 4, Texas A&M Corpus Christi 3

Game 8 – McNeese 3, southeastern Louisiana 2

Friday games

Loser bracket

Game 9 – Sam Houston (27-24) versus Texas A&M Corpus Christi (25-28), 9am

Game 10 – New Orleans (29-27) vs. Southeast Louisiana (31-23), noon

Semifinals

Game 11 – ACU (36-19) against winners of Game 9, 4pm

Game 12 – McNeese (30-28) vs. Winner of Game 10, 7pm

Saturday games

Semifinals

Game 13 * – Game 11 teams, 9 a.m.

Game 14 * – 12 teams game, 1 p.m.

championship

Semi-final winner, Saturday 6pm

* If the loser bracket team wins games 11 or 12.