Lions complete UNO sweep, retain Pontchartrain Bowl trophy in Hammond

HAMMOND, Louisiana – The University of Southeast Louisiana baseball team jumped ahead early Saturday and never looked back to a 9-5 win over New Orleans, ending the series sweep at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field and bringing the Pontchartrain Bowl trophy back to Hammond.

Southeastern (16-20, 7-5 SLC) capitalized on the early madness of starting Privateer Collin Horton. The right-hander walked the first three batters he faced in the game before being retired in favor of southpaw Kyle Khachadourian.

Preston Faulkner greeted Khachadourian with a line drive to left field, clearing the fence for a grand slam. It was his conference leader 11and home run of the season and the 31st of her career. He is now tied for third in program history with Andy Allain (1981-84) and Ed Nodhturft (1996-97).

The Lions added to their lead with a solo home run by Evan Keller in the second run. It was his fourth of the season.

UNO (19-14, 6-6 SLC) charged the no-outs in the third, but Southeastern starting pitcher Adam Guth induces a ground ball in double play. A run scored, but Guth retired the next batter to end the inning and minimize the damage.

Southeastern responded with another solo home run late in the inning, this time from the Shea Thomas. It was the first of the year for the junior from Olympia, Washington and extended the Lions lead to 6-1.

The game tightened over the next two innings as UNO scored four unanswered runs, but the Lions were determined not to let the game slip away. Daniel Dugas and Gage Trahan combined for 4.2 innings of scoreless relief as the Bats extended the lead.

A mistake by Privateer led to an unearned run in the fifth and Rhett Rosevear welcomed new reliever Tod Gauthe with a two-run single from the right side in the sixth.

Dugas (3-1) took the win, allowing just one hit and one walk in 2.2 innings of relief work. Horton (2-1), who suffered the loss, was charged with three runs without registering an out.

Thomas (3 for 4) and Grizzaffi (2 for 4) had multi-hit performances for the Lions. For Thomas, it was his fourth three-hit game of the season. Faulkner (4), Rosevear (2) and Thomas (2) completed several runs each.
With the sweep, SLU found themselves tied for first place in Southland’s rankings with Nicholls and HBU. Southeastern has now won its last five games against the Privateers.

The Lions received the Pontchartrain Bowl Trophy after the game, marking the fifth time in seven tries that SLU have won the trophy. It also made history for the third trophy sweep, all by Southeastern.

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.



NEXT
Southeastern wraps up the four-game homestand with a non-conference game with South Alabama (22-12). The first pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field. SLU was scheduled to face the Jaguars in Mobile, Alabama on April 5, but that game was canceled due to heavy rain along the Gulf Coast.



TICKET AND PARKING INFORMATION
Single tickets are on sale for the remainder of the regular season. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance to minimize queues on match days. South East students are encouraged to contact the box office prior to the game to reserve theirs in advance.


General admission tickets are $9 for adults and $6 for youth (ages 3-12). Students from the South East, with a university ID, and children under 2 years old are admitted free. Gameday parking is $5 per day for standard vehicles and $25 for RVs.


Tickets can be purchased online at www.LionSports.net/Tickets or by contacting the Southeastern Athletics box office at (985) 549-5466. Office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Friday. The Pat Kenelly Diamond box office at Alumni Field opens exactly one hour before the first scheduled pitch.

Southeastern uses mobile ticketing as its primary method of distributing tickets purchased online. Tickets will be available via text or email in PDF format for fans to download to their phone or print at home. Tickets can also be downloaded from Apple Wallet.



PARKING LAYOUT
The university is expected to repave a portion of the baseball parking lot, April 13-29, affecting home games against New Orleans (April 14-16), South Alabama (April 19) and Southern Miss (April 26). Additional parking spaces will be available in the parking garage and on the lot north of the garage.



CLEAR BAG POLICY
Southeastern Athletics operates a clear bag policy for all ticketed events. The policy reflects the safety precautions required for entry to professional and collegiate sports venues across the country. For more information on the clear bag policy, go to www.LionSports.net/Clear.



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 / CLUB S
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
For more Lions Baseball news, follow @LionUpBaseball or @MattRiser17 on Twitter, @LionUpBaseball on Instagram and Facebook, and subscribe to the SLUathletics YouTube channel.

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Charles P. Patton