NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Southeastern Louisiana swept a Southland Conference doubleheader Friday at second-place Stephen F. Austin, defeating the Lumberjacks 7-0 in the opener and 11-5 in the nightcap.
The Lions (27-15, 14-9 Southland) gained ground on both SFA (25-20, 13-7 Southland) and Houston Baptist with the wins. While still in fifth place, Southeastern is now just one-half game back of both.
Mac Sceroler carried the Lions until the bats got going in the ninth inning of game one. Southeastern rode the momentum to an early lead in game two, cruising to a second win.
SFA will send junior right-hander Tony Grabowske (4-2, 2-89) out in the series finale against Lion sophomore righty Carlisle Koestler (2-2, 4.03).
The game can be heard in the Hammond, Louisiana, area on KSLU 90.9 FM, and worldwide online or through the TuneIn Radio app (search for KSLU). Fans can keep up with the game through live statistics or by following @SLUathletics on Twitter.
Streaming video will be provided by SFA through the Lumberjacks’ Facebook page.
Links for audio, video and stats can be found on the baseball schedule page at www.LionSports.net.
Game One – Southeastern 7, Stephen F. Austin 0
Sceroler (8-1) made quick work of the Lumberjacks, facing more than four batters in an inning just once.
Southeastern stranded a pair of runners in both the first and fourth innings before breaking through.
Jacob Seward, a senior from New Orleans, Louisiana, led off the fifth with a double down the right-field line. After Scottie Sanders sacrificed him to third base, Seward scored on Ryan Byers’ sacrifice fly to right.
Sceroler made the 1-0 lead stand up until the ninth when the Lions batted around against five SFA pitchers.
Reliever Seth Campbell hit Drew Avans with the first pitch of the inning. After Avans stole second base, Derrick Mount followed with an RBI single through the left side to chase Campbell.
Ryan Thomas retired back-to-back batters while Mount stole both second and third. Southeastern coach Matt Riser sent Webb Bobo up as a pinch hitter and SFA countered with left-hander Chis Hassold.
Riser then sent Trey Morgan up, who reached on an infield single, to pinch hit for Bobo. Mount scored on the hit and Morgan advanced to second when the first baseman’s throw wound up in the middle of the infield.
The Lumberjacks brought in right-hander Cole Ridgely, but he gave up an RBI single to Byers before walking Brennan Breaud and Taylor Schwaner to load the bases. Carson Crites followed with a two-run single up the middle to wrap up the scoring.
Sceroler worked eight shutout innings, allowing six hits. The junior from Denham Springs, Louisiana, did not walk or strike out a batter in extending his scoreless innings streak to 28.1 consecutive innings.
Bryce Tassin worked a scoreless ninth to close out the win.
Patrick Ledet (6-3) suffered the loss, allowing one run in seven innings pitched.
Crites (3-for-5) and Mount (2-for-3) led Southeastern at the plate.
Southeastern……….. 000 010 006 – 7 8 0 (26-15, 13-9)
Stephen F. Austin… 000 000 000 – 0 7 1 (25-19, 13-6)
Pitchers: Southeastern – Sceroler, Mac; Tassin, Bryce (9) and Wasinger, Daniel. Stephen F. Austin – Ledet, Patrick; Hearn, Austin (8); Campbell, Seth (9); Thomas, Ryan (9); Hassold, Chris (9); Ridgely, Cole (9); Hagy, Austin (9) and Huber, Jarrod.
Win-Sceroler, Mac (8-1) Loss-Ledet, Patrick (6-3) T-2:41 A-182
Weather: Overcast, warm/humid, low 90s
Campbell, S. faced 2 batters in the 9th.
Hassold, C. faced 1 batter in the 9th.
Ridgely, C. faced 4 batters in the 9th.
Game Two – Southeastern 11, Stephen F. Austin 5
Southeastern carried its momentum over into the nightcap, scoring five runs in the second.
Crites led off the inning with an infield single. Avans followed by ripping a hit-and-run double into the left-center gap.
Lumberjack starting pitcher Trevor Kiminski (3-3) walked Mount to load the bases and then walked designated hitter Webb Bobo to force in a run.
Avans scored on Jacob Seward’s infield single to second and catcher Evan Pace chopped an RBI single through the right side, driving in Mount. Byers wrapped up the scoring in the second with a two-run single up the middle.
Kiminski battled control issues again in the third, hitting Crites with a pitch before walking Avans and Mount to load the bases again. Bobo lofted a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Crites for a 6-0 lead.
Southeastern would score five more runs in the sixth, jumping out to an 11-0 lead before SFA scored its first run.
Josh Evans, the leading hitter in the Southland, knocked a solo home run with two outs in the sixth, snapping the Lions’ scoreless inning streak at 21.1 consecutive innings.
The Lumberjacks tacked on four late runs to wrap up the scoring.
Corey Gaconi (4-4) earned the win, allowing one run in six innings of work. The sophomore from Metairie, Louisiana, allowed six hits and one walk, striking out three batters.
Kiminski suffered the loss, allowing nine runs – eight earned – in 5.1 innings pitched. He surrendered six hits and five walks, striking out six batters.
Southeastern……….. 051 005 000 – 11 8 1 (27-15, 14-9)
Stephen F. Austin… 000 001 004 – 5 12 1 (25-20, 13-7)
Pitchers: Southeastern – Gaconi, Corey; Green, Josh (7); Pickett, Gage (9); Graffeo, Carlo (9) and Pace, Evan. Stephen F. Austin – Kiminski, Trevor; Hearn, Austin (6); Garcia, Ivan (7); Hassold, Chris (9) and Huber, Jarrod.
Win-Gaconi, Corey (4-4) Loss-Kiminski, Trevor (3-3) T-2:34 A-201
HR SFA – Evans, Josh (9); Cole, Andrew (1).
Weather: Overcast, hot, low 90s