Landry pitches a batter in the Lions Sweep series
HAMMOND, Louisiana – second year pitcher Andre Landry thrown on 21st a hit in program history on Sunday as the Southeastern Louisiana University baseball team beat Houston Baptist, 12-0, in seven innings to complete a Southland Conference Series sweep at the Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field .
With the win, Southeastern (22-25, 12-9 SLC) retains a share of the No. 1 spot in Southland’s standings. The Lions are tied with McNeese (27-21, 12-9 SLC). Tied for third, one game behind are HBU (18-31, 11-10 SLC), New Orleans (25-20, 11-10 SLC), Nicholls (24-20, 11- 10 SLC) and Northwestern State (23-24, 11-10 SLC).
SLU scored in every inning on the way to its first victory over a conference opponent since a 10-0 win over HBU in eight innings on May 20, 2021.
Evan Keller led the bottom of the first inning with a triple to right-center field. He scored on Rhett Rosevear Ground floor RBI. Two batters later Preston Faulkner added his 13 in conference leadand home run of the season. Solo hit was 33rd of his career, tying him with Jeremy Gross (1997-98) for second place on the Lions all-time list.
Southeastern took a 3-0 lead in the second set when Rhett Rosevear was hit by a throw with the bases loaded. He scored the 30and times this season, Rosevear has drawn an HBP, a nation-leading total.
As the Lions lead grew, Landry locked the HBU bats. The Slidell, Louisiana right-hander struck out seven of the first 10 batters he faced, including stoking the team in the third.
Christian Garcia added to the lead in third, driving a pair with a double inside the third base bag.
Keller and Rosevear threw back-to-back home runs before the fourth, giving the Lions a 7-0 lead. It was Keller’s sixth of the season and Rosevear’s third. Both are career highs.
The Huskies broke Landry’s no-hitter bid with one out in the fifth, but he quickly retired the next two batters on fly balls to end the inning.
In the bottom half of the inning, SLU had four runs. Tyler Finke drew a goal-laden walk and Faulkner followed with the third triple of his career, clearing the goals. He now has 158 career RBIs, moving Ty Summerlin (2006-09) to third on the Lions all-time list.
Southeastern scored a final run in the sixth. pinch hitter Nick Ray tied with two outs and scored a batter later Connor Manola RBI doubles down the wall to center left.
Landry (3-5) finished the game striking out the last eight batters he faced, to pick up the win. In addition to the fifth-inning single, he also walked two batters. Landry struck out seven in seven innings pitched, two career highs. It’s the first complete game and shutout of his career.
It was the first one-hitter shot by SLU’s pitching team since Mac Sceroler and Derrick Mount combined to accomplish the feat on April 30, 2016, also against the Huskies.
HBU starting pitcher Matthew Charles (3-1) suffered the loss, giving up seven runs in 3.1 innings of work.
Faulkner (2 for 4), Garcia (2 for 2) and Keller (2 for 3) each had multi-hit performances for the Lions. Faulkner drove in four runs while Rosevear drove in three and Garcia tackled a pair.
Southeastern ends the regular season on the road. Traveling to Baton Rouge, La., for a Tuesday matchup at No. 14-ranked LSU, then to Thibodaux, La., for a Thursday-Saturday conference series at Nicholls.
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