Lions kick off final regular season road trip at No. 9-rated LSU

HAMMOND, Louisiana – The Southeastern Louisiana University baseball team kicks off a four-game road trip Tuesday with a 6:30 p.m. non-conference game against No. 9-ranked LSU at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Southeastern (22-25) takes on LSU (32-15) for the first time in the Jay Johnson era. It will be the second time in as many seasons the Lions have faced a club coached by Johnson, traveling to Tuscon, Arizona last season for a four-game series against a then No. 19-ranked Arizona Wildcats team. .

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).

The game will also be broadcast on the SEC Network+.

SLU just swept Houston Baptist in a three-game Southland Conference home series.

Preston Faulkner (.313), Shea Thomas (.278), Evan Keller (.257), Christian Garcia (.254) and Tyler Finke (.252) look southeast to the plate. Faulkner leads the team with 27 extra hits, including 13 Southland-leading homers to go along with 52 RBIs. The RBI total ranks second in the conference. Tyler Finke is tied for the Southland lead with 21 stolen bases. Rhett Rosevear (30) leads the nation in HBP and the Lions (100), as a team, are tied with Purdue for the national lead.

Faulkner enters the week tied for second (33) on Southeastern’s career home run record with Jeremy Gross (1997-98). He is now third (158) in career RBIs, having passed Ty Summerlin (2006-09) in the series finale last weekend. Faulkner is also fourth (40) in career HBP, five behind Rosevear who sits in third place (45).

With three steals in the HBU series, Finke (49) is now tied for ninth in career stolen bases with Rod Morris (1987-88).

reliever Gage Trahan is tied for two sixths on the single-season saves chart (8) with Mike Kimbrell (1996) and Chris Province (2007) and 10and on the program’s career saves chart (8) with Scott Kupper (1989-91), Kimbrell (1995-96) and Bryce Tassin (2017-19).

LSU picked up a non-conference win over Nicholls, 10-6, last Tuesday before winning two of three in a Southeastern Conference series at Alabama.

Former Arizona third baseman Jacob Berry leads the Tigers with a .378 batting average. Dylan Crews’ .347 batting average is the second-highest on the team, but he leads the team with 16 home runs and 52 RBIs. Berry ranks second with 15 home runs and 48 RBIs.

NEXT

Southeastern ends the regular season with a three-game conference series against Nicholls at Ray E. Didier Field in Thibodaux, Louisiana. Games are scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m., Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. Under a new Southland fixture format in 2022 which nominates a rival for a home and away series, it will be the second time the teams have played each other this season.

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.

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Charles P. Patton