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2012 Southland Conference Tournament, Final Score: Sam Houston State 7, McNeese State 1

With their backs against the wall after a surprising loss to No. 8 seed Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Wednesday, Southland Conference regular season champion and No. 1 seed Sam Houston State rebounded with a strong effort in early Thursday action.

The Bearkats, who were facing possible elimination from the post-season, defeated McNeese State 7-1.

The game was scoreless through the first five innings, as Sam Houston State's Justin Jackson and McNeese State's Tyler McDonald had no early trouble against either offense.

The Bearkats opened up the game in the top of the sixth, taking advantage of two Cowboys errors and some timely hitting to chase McDonald and give him his fourth loss of the season.

That was more than enough run support for Jackson, who finished with a complete game, giving up only 5 hits and 1 earned run in 9 innings while striking out 6 and walking 0.

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