Guth, Welch Spark Lions – Southeast Louisiana College Athletics

NATCHITOCHES, Louisiana – by Adam Guth pitching and batting performance Tristan Welch sparked the University of Southeastern Louisiana baseball team to a 4-2 victory Saturday over Northwestern State in Southland Conference action at Brown-Stroud Field.

Guth, a freshman left-hander from Lake Charles, La., allowed one run and two hits on a career-high 5.2 innings pitched as Tristan Welch blasted a pair of home runs for Southeastern (19-24, 9-8 SLC).

Welch kicked off a 3-for-4 day at the plate by starting the third inning with a line homer down the left field line.

The Lions gave Guth a bit more breathing room in the fifth. Welch hit a one-out single down the middle. Bryce Grizzaffi followed by a single to left center, sending Welch to third. Evan Keller followed by a sacrificial fly to right field, tackling Welch.

After allowing a single to the first batter he faced and walking the third, Guth retired the next 14 batters he faced. A first single in the sixth broke the chain and eventually led to a Northwestern State run (20-22, 8-9 SLC).

The teams traded unearned runs in the eighth before Welch’s second homer of the game brought the Lions back by a pair in the ninth. The Baton Rouge, Louisiana native, who now has eight home runs this season, had his second multi-home run game of the season.

Dalton Aspholm worked 2.1 innings in relief, allowing only the unearned run before handing the ball to Gage Trahan in the ninth. Trahan worked a scoreless ninth, working on a goal-laden jam.

Guth (2-1) picked up the win, scattering two hits and two walks. He took out four. Northwestern State starting pitcher Jonathan Harmon (5-5) suffered the loss, allowing three runs – two earned – in 7.1 innings of work. He allowed five hits and three walks, striking out one.

Trahan made his second save in as many games, giving him seven this season. Total saves ranks third in the Southland. It also tied Jeff Shallenberg (1994), Chris Franklin (2010), Dylan Hills (2013), and Kade Granier (2016) for eighth place on the single-season SLU charts.

Southeastern sits fourth in the conference standings, just two games out of first place.

NEXT

The series ends Sunday at 1 p.m. Lions plan to start second right-hander Andre Landry (2-4, 7.86) in the series finale. Northwestern State should go for sophomore right-hander Drayton Brown (4-4, 3.81). Brown ranks second in Southland in opponent batting average (.204), fifth in ERA and sixth in both innings pitched (54.1) and strikeouts (49).

Fans in the Hammond area can tune in to the game broadcast on the Southeastern Sports Radio Network’s flagship station – KSLU 90.9 FM – in addition to being live at www.LionSports.net/ListenLive and through the Lions Gameday Experience apps, Mixlr and MyTuner Radio. The MyTuner application is compatible with the Apple CarPlay software available in most recent car models. Fans should search for SLU Athletics (Mixlr) or Southeastern Sports Radio Network (MyTuner).

A video feed of each game will also be available.

RADIO PROGRAM

The next episode of Inside Southeastern Baseball featuring matt riser, presented by For House Pizza and Beer Garden, is scheduled for Monday at 12 p.m. from the restaurant in downtown Hammond. Fans can listen to each broadcast online at www.LionSports.net/ListenLive and through the Lions Gameday Experience, MyTuner Radio or Mixlr apps. The MyTuner Radio application is compatible with the Apple CarPlay software available in most recent cars.

LIONS GAMEDAY EXPERIENCE APP

The Lions Gameday Experience app puts audio, stats, video, social media and more in the hands of fans. Attendees can also check in to earn reward points redeemable for Southeast-related prizes. Available for Android and iOS devices, it can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play or by following the link www.LionSports.net/App.

DIAMOND CLUB / S CLUB

Fans interested in becoming active supporters of the baseball program are encouraged to join the Diamond Club. Lion baseball alumni are encouraged to join the exclusive S Club, which is reserved for Southeast Sports Letter winners.

All Diamond Club and S Club (baseball) membership fees and donations are available for the exclusive use of the Southeast Baseball Program. Membership information is available by contacting the Lion Athletics Association at laa@southeastern.edu or (985) 549-5091 or by visiting www.LionUp.com.

SOCIAL MEDIA

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Charles P. Patton