Lions grab opening game of Pontchartrain Bowl to start conference play

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NEW ORLEANS, La. – Southeastern Louisiana extended its winning streak to five games Friday, topping New Orleans, 8-0, at Maestri Field to open Southland Conference play.

With the win, Southeastern (9-4, 1-0 Southland) goes up one game to none in the third annual Pontchartrain Bowl rivalry series with UNO (8-5, 0-1 Southland).

A pitcher’s duel through five, the Lions broke the game open with four runs in the sixth inning.

Designated hitter Webb Bobo, a senior from Prattville, Alabama, led off the inning with a double to right-center field off Privateer starting pitcher Shawn Semple (2-1). He later advanced to third base on a wild pitch and scored on Drew Avans’ RBI single up the middle.

Third baseman Taylor Schwaner, a junior from New Orleans, followed with a bad-hop single over the shortstop’s head, sending Avans to third. Second baseman Carson Crites squeezed in Avans with a sacrifice bunt, reaching first on the fielder’s choice.

At that point, UNO opted to bring in reliever Reeves Martin. After recording a groundout, the freshman right-hander walked catcher Daniel Wasinger and surrendered a two-run single to right fielder Ryan Byers.

The Lions poured it on against the Privateer bullpen, adding a pair of runs each in the seventh and eighth.

Schwaner smacked a two-run home run to left in the seventh for Southeastern’s runs, his third of the season, becoming the first Lion batter to homer in back-to-back games since Crites accomplished the feat last season in games against UL Lafayette and LSU.

Southeastern starting pitcher Mac Sceroler (3-0) earned the win, limiting the Privateers to four hits in eight shutout innings of work. The junior right-hander from Denham Springs, Louisiana, walked one and tied a career high with 11 strikeouts.

Evan Hileman worked a scoreless ninth inning, fanning one, to nail down the conference victory for the Lions.

Semple was tagged with the loss, allowing four runs in 5.1 innings of work. He surrendered six hits and one walk, striking out eight batters.
Schwaner (3-for-5) and first baseman Derrick Mount (2-for-4) led the Lions at the plate.

Game two of the Pontchartrain Bowl is slated for 2 p.m. Saturday at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field in Hammond, Louisiana.

Sophomore right-hander Corey Gaconi (1-0, 3.00) is slated to get the starting nod for Southeastern versus Privateer sophomore left-hander Bryan Warzek (2-0, 1.00).

The game can be heard in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM, online and through the TuneIn Radio app (search for KSLU). Fans can also keep up with the games through live statistics or by following SLUathletics on Twitter. Streaming video is available on LionVision, Southeastern’s subscription-based video stream.

Links for audio, video, stats, tickets and game day promotions can be found on the baseball schedule page at www.LionSports.net.

General admission tickets for Saturday’s game at The Pat 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. The box office at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field opens one hour prior to the scheduled first pitch.

Southeastern 8, New Orleans 0 (Mar 10, 2017 at New Orleans, La)
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Southeastern…….. 000 004 220 – 8 10 0 (9-4, 1-0)
New Orleans…… . 000 000 000 – 0 5 2 (9-5, 0-1)
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Pitchers: Southeastern – Sceroler, Mac; Hileman, Evan (9) and Wasinger, Daniel. New Orleans – Semple, Shawn; Martin, Reeves (6); Stephens, John M. (8); Kaucic, Connor (9) and Cable, John.

Win-Sceroler, Mac (3-0) Loss-Semple, Shawn (2-1) T-2:23 A-418
HR SLU – Schwaner, Taylor (4).
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 73 degrees. Wind E 5 mph.

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Damon Sunde

Damon Sunde

Associate Director of Sports Information, Southeastern Louisiana University

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