Under threatening skies and sketchy weather, the McNeese Cowboys came up short in their first game of the Lake Area Classic, losing to Texas State last night 18-10 in Joe Miller Ballpark.

Junior RHP Rhett Deaton (1-1) gave up seven runs over two and a third innings in his second start and took the loss.

One almost wishes the skies would have opened up and delayed the game until the McNeese bats found some motivation.

The Cowboys go to 3-2 on the season and play again this afternoon at 4 pm. Texas State and Creighton play at 1 pm.