Lions drop in extra innings at McNeese

LAKE CHARLES, Louisiana – The Southeastern Louisiana University baseball team fell 7-3 in 11 innings Friday to McNeese in the opener of a Southland Conference series at Joe Miller Ballpark.

Both starting pitchers struggled in the first inning before settling in for the long run.

Evan Keller jumped on the first pitch of the game, exploding a home run into left field. It was his fifth of the season and it gave Southeastern (17-21, 7-6 SLC) a 1-0 lead.

McNeese starter (21-17, 7-6 SLC) Grant Rogers hit the next batter, Rhett Rosevearwith a pitch and dropped a single to Preston Faulkner before exiting the inning with a double play.

Late in the inning, the Cowboys put together five straight singles to start the inning. After a hit batter, a sacrifice fly tackled the third and final run of the inning.

Kinzeler retired the team in order in the second and third, giving up back-to-back hits in the fourth. These would be the last shots McNeese would get until 11and inning.

As they have done all season, the Lions have regained the upper hand.

Tristan Welch started the seventh with a solo home run to center field right away. It was his fifth of the season.

In the eighth, McNeese closer to Cameron Foster hit Tyler Finke in the scapula with a single step. A wild pitch sent Finke to second base. He stole third and then scored the tying run when the catcher’s pitch ended up in left field.

Foster locked himself in, retiring every Lion batter he faced for the rest of the game.

A single march issued by the SLU reader Gage Trahan in the 11and put the eventual winning run on the base. After a right-hand single put runners in the corners, the Lions opted to intentionally walk Cowboy shortstop Reid Bourque to load the bases and set up a force on every base. The next hitter, Kade Morris, sent the first pitch he saw over the wall to left center for a no-go grand slam.

Foster (3-1) took the win, giving up an unearned run in four innings of relief. He allowed no hits or walks, striking out five batters. Trahan (2-2) suffered the loss, giving up four runs in one pitched inning.

Keller (2-for-5) put in a multi-hit performance, adding a third-inning double to his hit total.

NEXT

The series continues Saturday at 6 p.m. Adam Guth (1-1, 5.11), a freshman left-hander from Lake Charles, takes the ball Saturday for SLU. He will face second right-hander Cowboy Chance Stone (2-2, 3.78).

Fans in the Hammond area can listen to the game streamed online at www.LionSports.net/ListenLive and through the 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).

There will be no live radio broadcast of the weekend series.

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