HAMMOND, Louisiana – The University of Southeast Louisiana baseball team rallied from a two-point deficit midway through Friday’s game to Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field for a 7-4 victory over UAB in the first game of the series.
SLU (3-2) manufactured a run in the first inning no-hitter, but the Blazers (4-1) wiped out the Southeast’s early lead with single runs in the Lion’s third, fourth and fifth starting pitcher Will Kinzeler.
Two runs from the southeast in the bottom of the fifth tied the game. With an out, Evan Keller beat a field single at shortstop. After a wild pitch, Keller advanced to second base, Rhett Rosevear was hit by a throw. The duo executed a double steal and then scored on Preston Faulkner two single outs on the right field line.
SLU lifter Daniel Dugas, who took over in sixth, stopped the Blazer bats. The Pearl River, Louisiana right-hander struck out five batters in two scoreless relief innings before returning the ball to Gage Trahan and Trey Harington.
Meanwhile, the Lions scored for four in the bottom of the seventh. left fielder Jacques Johnson welcomed reliever Cameron Myers with a brace over the center fielder’s head, eventually coming home to score on Keller’s RBI single to the first baseman’s glove. Rosevear followed with a left single, then a passed ball moved both runners into scoring position.
Tyler Finke welcomed reliever Jonah Smith with an RBI single to the right, leading to Keller. Finke then stole second base. After the count ran to 3-0 on Preston Faulkner, UAB chose to issue an intentional march to charge the bases. With an out, Bryce Grizzaffi completed the Lion’s scoring with a two-run single to right center.
The Blazers shaved SLU’s head in the eighth, but Harrington worked a scoreless ninth to nail his second save of the season. Dugas (1-0) picked up the win.
Grizzaffi (3 for 4) led the Lions at the plate, collecting three hits and driving a pair. Keller (2 for 3) had two hits, stole two bases and scored three runs. Faulkner and Finke drove a pair each.
Southeastern stole six bases in the game.
The series continues at 2 p.m. Saturday on ESPN+ with the junior right-hander in the redshirt Hayden Robb (0-0, 5.40) drawing the Lions’ starting mission against UAB senior right-hander Tyler O’Clair (1-0, 1.80).
Fans can listen 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).
Other options for following the action include live stats or the @LionUpBaseball Twitter account. Links to audio, video and statistics are available on the baseball schedules page on www.LionSports.net.
TICKET AND PARKING INFORMATION
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 www.LionSports.net/Tickets 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.
CLEAR BAG POLICY
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 www.LionSports.net/Clear.
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 [email protected] or (985) 549-5091 or by visiting www.LionUp.com.
For more Lions Baseball news, follow @LionUpBaseball or @MattRiser17 on Twitter, @LionUpBaseball on Instagram and Facebook, and subscribe to the SLUathletics YouTube channel.