HAMMOND, Louisiana – Nicholls rallied for five runs in the ninth inning Friday at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field en route to a 6-4 win over the University of Southeastern Louisiana baseball team in the opening of the Southland conference for both schools.
Southeastern (8-14) erased an early 1-0 deficit to the Colonels (11-9) with four runs in the third.
Bryce Grizzaffi was hit by a one-out pitch before Nicholls starting pitcher Tyler Theriot walked Rhett Rosevear. Evan Keller followed by a field single to charge the bases. Tyler Finke chosen at center field to tie the game, 1-1, and Preston Faulkner cleared the bases with a base double from the center field wall.
Lion Pitchers Will Kinzeler and Andre Landry combined to hold the 4-1 lead up to eight.
In the ninth, Landry walked the first one before giving up a one-out single and another walk to load the bases. The choice of an RBI defender welcomed the reliever Gage Trahan. After a hit, the batter loaded the bases again, a forced march into another run.
Pinched hitter Hunter LeBlanc then doubled into the gap to left-center, shoving all three runners for the lead.
At end of inning, batting pinch Field Artigues started with a single down the left side. After Grizzaffi was hit by a pitch for the second time in the game, both runners were sacrificed in scoring position. Keller followed with a gentle line workout. The ball was carried by the shortstop who doubled Grizzaffi off the sack to end the game.
Reliever Colonel Brandon Andrews (1-0) picked up the win, pitching 1.2 scoreless innings. He allowed one hit and struck out two batters. Cade Evans landed his fourth save of the season, three final outs in the ninth. Trahan (1-1) suffered the loss, giving up two runs in 0.2 innings pitched.
The Lions have lost five straight games, their longest single-season slip in five straight losses, from March 19-26, 2017.
The series continues with games Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. The remaining two games in the series will air on ESPN+.
Upper right-handed Hunter O’Toole (1-2, 5.88) tied Saturday against Nicholls senior right-hander Chase Gearing (2-1, 3.48).
Fans in the Hammond area can listen on the Southeastern Sports Radio Network’s flagship station – KSLU 90.9 FM – in addition to being 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).
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]
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.
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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