Southeastern baseball had a grand time over the weekend.
Travis Caraway continued the base-clearing trend for the Savage Storm with a Sunday grand slam in the third inning, as the Storm put up a pair of five-run innings in an 11-4 conference win over the Harding Bison.
Caraway went 3-for-5 with six RBIs in the final game of a three-game set with the Bison. Southeastern went 2-1 against their conference foes, and they are now 7-3 at home, 4-5 in the conference and 9-7 overall.
“I guess I kick started the season a little bit,” Caraway said. “I just hadn’t been able to get a good groove in previous games. But (Sunday) was al right-handers, middle to high 80s, great speed for me. I was seeing the ball great.”
Southeastern Coach Mike Metheny said the stiff south wind was tough on the right-hand heavy pitching of the Bison. The Storm also threw a trio of righties, with David Cagle giving up four earned runs on five hits. But with a six-run head start, Cagle got his second win in five innings of work.
Cameron Mann, who entered the game in the eighth inning with that 6-4 lead, got his fifth save on the season after the Storm offense put up another five runs in the bottom half of the inning. Southeastern belted out 13 hits in the game, continuing to dig into their last-place standing in the conference batting averages.
“It would make life a lot easier if we could keep scoring these runs,” said Metheny. He noted that both Savage Storm first basemen (Caraway and Nick Grimmett) hit grand slams over the weekend.
Other highlights from Sunday: Ryan Salter had four stolen bases, reaching base on a pair of fielding errors and two walks. He was able to score twice. Troy McCartney was 3-4 with three hits and three RBIs; Trevor Bowen and Chevis Springer collected runs batted in; Evan Ramsey was 2-2 with a double; Tucker Alexander went 3-5.
Southeastern hits the road this Friday and Saturday for three games at Arkansas Tech. They will return to Durant on March 15 against Southern Nazarene.