Launch of the Lions Drop series despite 14 season successes

HAMMOND, Louisiana – The University of Southeast Louisiana baseball team fell, 8-6, to the UIW on Friday in Southland conference action at Sullivan Field despite producing a league-record 14 hit season.

Southeastern (8-18, 0-4 SLC) built a 6-1 lead late in the sixth, scoring in four straight innings.

Down one run after two innings, the Lions tied the game in the third. Christian Garcia started the inning with a triple inside the first base sack. Evan Keller followed by an RBI single.

In the fourth, Preston Faulkner started with a walk and scored a batter later when Shea Thomas doubled downfield from the center right.

UIW (12-11) starting pitcher Michael Garza threw back-to-back walks at Garcia and Keller to open the fifth. They both scored Tyler Finke single one-out on the left.

SLU extended their lead with two more points in the sixth. Tristan Welch, who turned in Southeastern’s first four-hit game of the season, singled to center in the top of the inning. After stealing second base, he scored on Bruce Grizzaffi’s RBI double to left center field. Grizzaffi scored two batters later on Keller’s RBI single in the middle.

The Cardinals offense came to life late in the inning with a two-out solo home run just past the SLU starting pitcher Will Kinzeler. Three more runs, including a two-run homer, forced the Lions into the bullpen. reliever Daniel Dugas retired the only batter he faced to end the inning, preserving a one-run lead for Southeastern.

Three more points in the eighth against the Lions bullpen, however, put UIW back on top to stay.

Welch tripled with two outs in the ninth, momentarily keeping the game alive. In the end, he was locked in third as the game ended on a third strike called.

Cardinal reliever Steve Hayward (1-1) picked up the win, pitching a scoreless eighth inning and Chandler David caught his fifth save of the season with a scoreless ninth. Andre Landry (1-3) suffered the loss, giving up three runs in 0.1 innings pitched.

The Lions tied a season high with a pair of triples and six stolen bases in the game.

Southeastern tied a program record with its ninth straight loss, a feat that last occurred in the 1995 season.


The series continues Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Left-handed Freshman Adam Guth (1-1, 4.60) draws the Lions’ starting task against UIW junior right-hander Isaiah Zavala (1-3, 9.41).

Fans in the Hammond area can also listen to the entire series on the Southeastern Sports Radio Network’s flagship station – KSLU 90.9 FM – in addition to being live at and through Lions Gameday Experience , Mixlr and MyTuner. radio apps. 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 stream, courtesy of UIW, will be available.


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


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 or (985) 549-5091 or by visiting


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Charles P. Patton