HAMMOND, La. – Northwestern State scored six unanswered runs Saturday at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field, rallying for a 6-4 win over Southeastern Louisiana to avoid being swept in the Southland Conference series.
Southeastern (22-13, 10-8 Southland) built a 4-0 lead through five innings before the Demons (11-23, 4-11 Southland) started their rally.
Derrick Mount, a senior from Saucier, Mississippi, put Southeastern on top in the second, knocking a two-out solo home run to left-center field. It was his third homer of the season.
The Lions added a run in the third, without the benefit of a base hit, and two more in the fourth.
Southeastern starting pitcher Carlisle Koestler, a sophomore from Vicksburg, Mississippi, carried a shutout into the sixth, but a pair of errors aided the Demons in scoring a pair of unearned runs to cut the lead in half.
After a leadoff bunt hit, a one-out single and a walk loaded the bases in the seventh to force reliever Drew Avans (1-2) from the game, pinch-hitter Regan Kaufman greeted Lion hurler Josh Green with a bases-clearing double into the gap in right-center for the lead.
Northwestern State first baseman David Fry knocked a one-out solo home run in the ninth to provide an insurance run. It was his ninth homer of the season.
Demon reliever Kyle Swanson (2-2) earned the win, tossing five scoreless innings to close out the game. He allowed two hits and one walk, striking out one batter.
Avans suffered the loss, allowing three runs in 0.2 innings pitched. He surrendered two hits and one walk, fanning one.
Mount (2-for-3) and Daniel Wasinger (2-for-4) led the Lions at the plate.
Southeastern returns to the road Wednesday at 6 p.m., wrapping up its three-game series with UL Lafayette at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field at Russo Park.
Northwestern State 6, Southeastern 4 (Apr 15, 2017 at Hammond, La.)
Northwestern State… 000 002 301 – 6 9 0 (11-23, 4-11 SLC)
Southeastern…………. 011 200 000 – 4 6 4 (22-13, 10-8 SLC)
Pitchers: Northwestern State – Reich, Austin; Bear, Devin (3); Swanson, Kyle (5) and Richard, Kelsey. Southeastern – Koestler, Carlisle; Avans, Drew (6); Green, Josh (7); Robinson, Payton (9) and Wasinger, Daniel; Pace, Evan.
Win-Swanson, Kyle (2-2) Loss-Avans, Drew (1-2) T-3:10 A-1020
HR NWST – Fry, David (9).
HR SLU – Mount, Derrick (3).
Weather: Cloudy 79, SE 14 mph
Reich, A. faced 1 batter in the 3rd.
Bear, D. faced 2 batters in the 5th.