Nicholls Out-Homers SLU in Win
HAMMOND, Louisiana – Nicholls hit four home runs Saturday en route to an 11-5 win over Southeastern Louisiana University baseball team in Southland Conference action at the Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field.
The Colonels (12-9, 2-0 SLC) broke a scoreless tie in third with a grand slam. Single runs in the fourth and fifth innings, the last of which came on a solo homer, put Nicholls in the lead, 6-0, after five.
Southeastern (8-15, 0-2 SLC) ended Col. Chase Gearing’s starting pitcher shutout offer in the sixth on a solo home run by shortstop Evan Keller, a graduate student from Destrehan, Louisiana. The two-out blast from the top of the scoreboard into left field was his third homer of the season.
The Lions cut the deficit even further in the seventh. One two-out single per designated hitter Pierce sourdough kept the inning alive and left fielder Tristan Welch was hit by a 3-2 pitch, putting in a pair. Bryce Grizzaffia junior catcher from Morgan City, Louisiana then hit a three-run homer down the left field line.
With the Lions trailing, 6-4, entering the eighth, Nicholls extended his lead again with a pair of solo home runs. Three more runs from the Colonel in the ninth wrapped up the score.
Gearing (3-1) picked up the win, giving up four runs in 6.2 innings pitched. He allowed five hits and struck out a batter, striking out three. Hunter O’Toole (1-3) suffered the loss, allowing five runs – four earned – in four innings of work.
Leavengood (2 for 3) had a pair of hits for Southeastern, recording his second multi-hit game in the last three.
SLU skid hit six in a row, equaling longest streak under head coach matt riser. The 2014 Lions lost six straight games from April 22-30 before bouncing back to win the Southland Tournament title in Riser’s first season.
The series ends Sunday at 1 p.m. Nicholls will start senior right-hander Nick Heckman (0-1, 3.44) and SLU will counter with the redshirted junior right-hander. Hayden Robb (0-2, 6.88). The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.
The annual Southeast Baseball Alumni Day will be held in conjunction with Sunday’s game. A pre-game meeting for all baseball alumni and staff will be held prior to the game at 11:30 a.m. and there will be a field reconnaissance before the first pitch. Former baseball players interested in participating should RSVP with Allie Crain to the LAA office at [email protected]
Fans in the Hammond area can tune in to the game on the Southeastern Sports Radio Network’s flagship station – KSLU 90.9 FM – in addition to being live at www.LionSports.net/ListenLive and through the Lions Gameday Experience, 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).
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.
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