LAKE CHARLES, Louisiana – For the second time in as many games, McNeese left the Southeastern Louisiana University baseball team, 6-4, with a home run in Southland Conference action at Joe Miller Ballpark.
Southeastern (17-22, 7-7 SLC) led 4-2, going into the ninth, but the Cowboys (22-17, 8-6 SLC) rallied to tie the game before Brad Burckel’s opposite court, two home racing points provided the winning margin.
The Lions took an early 2-0 lead in the second set. Field Artigues fired a double at two off the wall into right center field before Tristan Welch pitched his sixth homer of the season.
McNeese left fielder Julian Gonzales responded with a solo home run late in the inning, halving the Lions lead.
Native to Lake Charles Adam Guth locked in a pitching duel with starter Cowboy Chance Stone over the next few innings.
Leading 2-1, SLU chased Stone out of the game in the sixth. With an out, Preston Faulkner and Shea Thomas hit back-to-back singles to put the runners in the corner. Field Artigues dropped a tight bunt on reliever Tyler Stone, driving Faulkner home to increase the Lions lead.
The Cowboys responded almost immediately. Guth walked the leadoff batter in the bottom of the inning before giving up back-to-back singles. Earlier in the baseball game, Guth worked a no-load jam without allowing a run.
This time Southeastern went to the bullpen to Dalton Aspholm. The junior right-hander from Baton Rouge, Louisiana played down the damage, allowing a run on a sacrifice fly.
Aspholm shut down the Cowboy bats, striking out six batters during his three-inning stint.
SLU added a point to their lead once again in the seventh. Pierce sourdough drew a first step. Clamp-runner Nick Ray advanced to second base on a passed ball before scoring on Rhett Rosevear two single outlets in the center.
The Lions passed the ball to Gage Trahan in the ninth to close it out, but McNeese rallied for four runs.
Tyler Stone (1-0) picked up the win, giving up an unearned run in 3.2 innings of relief. He allowed a hit and a pair of walks, striking out three bases. Trahan (2-3) suffered the loss for the second time in the series, allowing four runs in 0.2 innings pitched.
The series ends Sunday at 1 p.m. No team has announced a starting pitcher for the series finale.
Fans in the Hammond area can listen to the game streamed 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).
There will be no live radio broadcast of the weekend series.
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
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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.
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