Lions win series opener at Nicholls

THIBODAUX, Louisiana – The University of Southeast Louisiana baseball team held on for a Southland Conference victory over Nicholls, 3-2, Thursday at the Ben Meyer Diamond at Ray E. Didier Field, retaining a share of the first place in the conference standings.

Southeastern (23-26, 13-9 SLC) keeps pace with McNeese (28-21, 13-9 SLC) who won 23-5 at Houston Baptist.

The Lions took the lead in the third inning with a two-out single to center field from the bat of Rhett Roseveardrive in Bryce Grizzaffi of the second goal.

SLU extended their lead to 2-0 in the sixth. Preston Faulkner tackled Rosevear from second with an RBI single to the right.

Nicholls (24-21, 11-11 SLC) responded with a run late in the set, halving the Lions lead.

Tristan Welch provided an insurance run in the seventh with a solo home run. It was the ninth homer of the season for the senior from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The Colonels scratched a run in the eighth, falling back a run.

Gage Trahan worked a scoreless ninth, collecting his ninth stoppage of the season. The total ranks second in the Southland. It also ties Stefan Lopez (2011) for fifth in the Lions season chart and Kade Granier (2015-19) for ninth in the program’s career chart.

Will Kinzeler (4-1) earned the win, allowing one run in six innings of work. He scattered five hits and three walks, striking out three batters. Devin Desandro (3-4) suffered the loss, giving up three runs in 6.1 innings pitched.

Dalton Aspholm whipped up five batters in two innings of relief work, closing the gap between Kinzeler and Trahan.


The series continues Friday at 6 p.m. SLU should start first year left-handed Adam Guth (3-1, 5.24) on the mound and Nicholls will counter with junior southpaw Tyler Theriot (7-3, 2.88).

Fans in the Hammond area can listen to game broadcasts on the Southeastern Sports Radio Network’s flagship station – KSLU 90.9 FM – in addition to being online at 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 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 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.


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