LAFAYETTE, La. – Southeastern Louisiana finally broke through in the eighth inning, but it was too little, too late in a 9-2 loss Wednesday to UL Lafayette at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field at Russo Park.
The Lions (22-14) won the first two games in the series, but struggled offensively against a trio of Ragin’ Cajun (23-14-1) pitchers in the finale.
UL Lafayette jumped out in front with a pair of runs in the first, including a solo home run by right fielder Steven Sensley. The Ragin’ Cajuns tacked on single runs in both the second and third, chasing Southeastern starting pitcher Derrick Mount (1-1) from the game.
Southeastern would fall behind, 6-0, before breaking through in the eighth.
Reliever Wyatt Marks hit Taylor Schwaner with a pitch to open up the inning. After Schwaner stole second base, center fielder Jacob Seward drew a one-out walk. The pair then executed a double steal.
Marks then hit pinch hitter Trey Morgan with a pitch and walked shortstop Brennan Breaud to force in a run.
The Ragin’ Cajuns answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning, extending their lead to 9-1.
Southeastern’s final run came in the ninth.
Carson Crites ripped a one-out double to right and came around to score on Nate Hunter’s two-out, pinch-hit double to center.
Reliever Jacob Norman (1-0) earned the win, working 4.2 scoreless innings for the Ragin’ Cajuns. Mount suffered the loss, allowing four runs in 2.1 innings of work.
Southeastern returns to Southland Conference play this coming weekend with a split series against rival Nicholls. The series opener is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday in Thibodaux, Louisiana. The middle game of the series shifts to Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field in Hammond, Louisiana, Saturday at 2 p.m. The series finale returns to Ray E. Didier Field in Thibodaux for a 1 p.m. first pitch Sunday.
Saturday’s game is dedicated to Autism Awareness as part of Autism Awareness Month. Fans are encouraged to wear blue to Saturday’s game to show their support.
General Admission tickets for Lion home games are $9 for adults and $6 for children (ages 3-12). Tax is included in the price of admission. Southeastern students are admitted free with a valid university ID card.
Students and campus organizations can earn points toward their Lion Up Loyalty account at any home game by checking in on the mobile app while in attendance.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.LionSports.net/Tickets or by contacting the athletics ticket office at (985) 549-5466 or 1-866-LION-TIX. Ticket office hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Fridays. The box office at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field opens one hour prior to the scheduled first pitch.
UL Lafayette 9, Southeastern 2 (Apr 19, 2017 at Lafayette, La.)
Southeastern……… 000 000 011 – 2 7 2 (22-14)
UL Lafayette…….. 211 002 03X – 9 14 0 (23-14-1)
Pitchers: Southeastern – Mount, Derrick; Robinson, Payton (3); Pickett, Gage (5);Hurst, Cliff (6); Martin, Cole (6); Dalke, Matt (8); Booth, Tyler (8) and Pace, Evan; Wasinger, Daniel. UL Lafayette – Burk, Jack; Norman, Jacob (3); Marks, Wyatt (7) and Monica, Handsome.
Win-Norman, Jacob (1-0) Loss-Mount, Derrick (1-1) T-3:28 A-4675
HR LA – Sensley, Steven (5).
Weather: 78, Party Cloudy, 2 SSW
Robinson, P. faced 1 batter in the 5th.
Hurst, C. faced 2 batters in the 6th.
Martin, C. faced 1 batter in the 8th.