Six-Run First too much for Lions to overcome

HAMMOND, Louisiana – Nicholls’ six-run first inning proved too much for the University of Southeast Louisiana baseball team to beat on Sunday in a 10-7 loss to the Colonels in the Southland Conference at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field.

Southeastern (8-16, 0-3 SLC) cleared some points from the deficit in the second.

Shea Thomas started the inning with a single to right field and scored on Pierce Leavengood’s double the left field wall. After being sacrificed in the third, Leavengood scored on Connor Manola grounding.

Nicholls (13-9, 3-0 SLC) extended their lead in fourth on an RBI brace. On play, right fielder Bryce Grizzaffi hung with Evan Keller for a throw to the plate in time to catch a second runner trying to score.

Back-to-back homers in the fifth pulled the Lions within two, 7-5. Keller drew on balls, scoring on Tyler Finke second circuit of the season. Preston Faulkner backed him up with a solo shot to left center field.

Faulkner’s home run was his fifth of the season and the 25and of his career, linking him for 10and on Southeastern’s all-time home run list with Justin Boudreaux and Carson Crites.

The Colonels responded immediately, hitting two of the first three reliever pitches Christian Westcot threw the sixth out of the stadium for solo homers. A sack fly in the eighth put Nicholls up, 10-5.

SLU refused to go easy, picking up a pair of runs in the ninth.

pinch hitter Field Artigues drew a step to open the sleeve. A later, Keller drew a walk. With two tries, Faulkner doubled the gap to left center to bring Artigues and Keller home.

Nicholls starting pitcher Nick Heckman (1-1) picked up the win, giving up five runs in five innings pitched. He allowed four hits, walked one and hit a pair of batters, striking out two. Devin Desandro made his first save of the season, recording the non-game final. Hayden Robb (0-3) suffered the loss after being knocked out of the game in the first inning, allowing six runs – five earned – while recording one out.

Rhett Rosevear, who entered the weekend leading the nation in raps, was hit by a pitch in each of his first two plate appearances on Sunday. He has now been hit by a pitch 17 times this season and 31 times in his career, placing him in 10and place on SLU’s all-time list and tied for seventh on the program’s single-season list with Brandon Street (2009).

With the loss, the Lions have now lost seven straight games. It’s the program’s longest slip since losing seven straight late in the 2004 season (May 15-21).


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.


Southeastern completes a four-game homestand Tuesday at 6 p.m. against UL Lafayette for the annual Pack the Pat game. The first 300 SLU students through the doors will receive a free Hammond, America t-shirt and food.


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 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.

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

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