Lions Walk-Off with comeback win over Troy

HAMMOND, Louisiana – The University of Southeast Louisiana baseball team rallied for four runs in the ninth inning on their way to a 5-4 victory Wednesday against Troy in non-conference action at the Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field.

It’s the seventh time this season the Southeast (11-18) has rallied from a fifth-inning or later deficit to earn a win and it’s the Lions’ fifth straight victory over Troy (18-9) , dating back to the 2019. season.

The Trojans opened the game with an exclamation point when leadoff batter Jesse Hall threw out the first pitch of the game for a solo home run. It was his first of the season.

After the home run, the starting pitcher for SLU Hunter O’Toole installed for a good start. The Arkansas City, Kansas elder held off Troy for the next five innings and gave the Lions time to get back into the game.

Tristan Welch, a graduate student from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, tied the game with a one-out solo homer in the fifth. The shot from the opposite field was his fourth of the season for Southeastern.

Troy answered with a single and then a two-run homer opening the sixth, adding another run to their lead in the seventh.

SLU entered ninth down by three runs, having only had two hits at this point in the game.

third baseman Shea Thomas worked a first walk against reliever Judd Hershiser. After a ball runs the count to 2-2 on Field Artigues, the Trojans brought their Marquez Oates closer. Artigues withdrew, advancing Thomas into a goalscoring position.

Oates, who had allowed just six hits in 17.2 innings of work all season, then gave up an RBI single to Welch, a pinch double to center field. Pierce sourdough and a simple RBI to Christian Garcia.

With Troy up one point, 4-3, and still only one out, Oates hit Evan Keller with a step to load the bases. Rhett Rosevear followed by a single infield, tackle-runner Jacques Johnson with the equalizing course. Tyler Finke followed by a single RBI left, driving home the pinch runner Joe Delaney with the winning run.

Andrew Yuratitch (1-0), a freshman from Livingston, Louisiana, picked up the first win of his college career. The right-hander worked a scoreless ninth, earning a late-inning double play to erase a one-out single.

Oates (1-1) suffered the loss, allowing three runs on five hits in 0.1 innings pitched.

Garcia (2-for-3) and Welch (2-for-4) both had multi-hit games for the Lions, who earned their third straight win.

Southeastern hosts Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in a three-game Southland Conference series this weekend at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field. Playing hours are 6 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday as part of Super Lion Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.


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 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 by 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.

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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