Loss in Series Finale Drops Lions Back to Third
HAMMOND, La. – A pair of big innings helped propel Sam Houston State to a 10-3 win in the series finale Sunday at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field, dropping Southeastern Louisiana back into third place in the Southland Conference standings.
The Bearkats (31-17, 16-8 Southland) snapped Southeastern’s eight-game winning streak, moving ahead of the Lions (31-16, 17-10 Southland) in the standings by one-half game.
Sam Houston took advantage of control issues by Lion starting pitcher Carlisle Koestler, scoring three runs in the first inning on just one hit.
Koestler walked Bryce Johnson to open up the game. After he was sacrificed to second base, Johnson scored on Clayton Harp’s one-out double to left-center field. Koestler hit the next batter, Andrew Fregia, with a pitch. After a wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position, Koestler hit Blake Chisholm with a pitch to load the bases.
After he caught catcher Robie Rojas looking at a called third strike, Koestler walked back-to-back batters to force in a pair of runs.
The Bearkats added a run in the second, chasing Koestler, and another in the third off reliever Bryce Tassin.
Settling in, Tassin held Sam Houston scoreless from that point forward until he was relieved in the seventh, allowing the Lions to claw back into the game.
Derrick Mount, a senior from Saucier, Mississippi, knocked a one-out single up the middle in the fifth, advancing to second on a groundout. Daniel Wasinger, a junior catcher from El Paso, Texas, drove a two-out single through the left side to score Mount.
Southeastern cut the deficit to 5-3 in the seventh.
Carson Crites, a senior from Amarillo, Texas, led off the inning with a solo home run to left. Drew Avans followed with a single to center. He advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on Webb Bobo’s one-out single up the middle.
Sam Houston put the game out of reach in the ninth, sending nine batters to the plate on the way to scoring five runs.
Sam Houston starting pitcher Hayden Wesneski (8-2) earned the win, tying the Lions’ Mac Sceroler for the conference lead. Wesneski allowed three runs on six hits in seven innings of work. He stuck out four and did not walk a batter.
Dakota Mills earned the save, his first of the season, entering the game with a two-run lead in the eighth. He worked a pair of scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out four.
Koestler (3-3) suffered the loss, allowing four runs in 1.2 innings of work. He surrendered three hits and three walks, hit a pair of batters and struck out two.
Bobo (2-for-3) led the Lions at the plate.
Southeastern continues its six-game homestand Friday at 6 p.m. in the opener of a conference series against Central Arkansas.
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Sam Houston State 10, Southeastern 3 (May 07, 2017 at Hammond, La.)
Sam Houston State… 311 000 005 – 10 8 0 (31-17, 16-8)
Southeastern…………. 000 010 200 – 3 7 2 (31-16, 17-10)
Pitchers: Sam Houston State – Wesneski, Hayden; Mills, Dakota (8) and Rojas, Robie. Southeastern – Koestler, Carlisle; Tassin, Bryce (2); Martin, Cole (7); Green, Josh (7); Avans, Drew (9); Graffeo, Carlo (9) and Wasinger, Daniel.
Win-Wesneski, Hayden (8-2) Save-Mills, Dakota (1) Loss-Koestler, Carlisle (3-3) T-2:56 A-1066
HR SHSU – Rojas, Robie.
HR SLU – Crites, Carson.
Weather: Sunny 84, SE 1 mph
Tassin, B. faced 1 batter in the 7th.
Avans, D. faced 4 batters in the 9th.