THIBODAUX, La. – Mac Sceroler limited Nicholls to a pair of hits and the junior from Denham Springs, Louisiana, extended his shutout streak to 20 consecutive innings as Southeastern Louisiana defeated the Colonels, 4-0, Friday at Ray E. Didier Field in the opening game of a Southland Conference series.
Sceroler (7-1) tossed the first shutout of his career, helping Southeastern (23-14, 11-8 Southland) snap a two-game skid.
Carson Crites provided all the offense Sceroler and the Lions would need with one out in the first, taking Nicholls starting pitcher Cole Stapler (4-5) deep down the right-field line with a runner aboard.
Crites drove in Drew Avans with his eighth home run of the season, putting the Lions up, 2-0, over Nicholls (20-20, 7-9 Southland).
Southeastern wouldn’t scratch across a run for the next five innings, but Sceroler was up to the task. He retired the first eight batters he faced before surrendering the Colonels’ first hit of the game.
Nicholls threatened just once in the game.
Gavin Wehby reached on a throwing error by Southeastern third baseman Taylor Schwaner to open up the fifth inning. With two outs, Sceroler battled a momentary lapse in control and issued back-to-back walks to load the bases. The right-hander buckled down, fanning the Colonels’ leading hitter, Chet Niehaus, to end the inning.
The Lions responded with an insurance.
Stapler issued back-to-back, one-out walks to Derrick Mount and Daniel Wasinger before designated hitter Webb Bobo ripped an RBI double down the first-base line.
Southeastern added a run in the seventh to wrap up the scoring.
Crites beat out a perfectly executed bunt single and scored on Schwaner’s RBI double into the gap in right-center field.
Sceroler, the reigning Southland pitcher of the week, walked two and struck out nine in earning the win. He has allowed just four hits in his last 17.1 innings pitched.
Stapler suffered the loss, allowing all four runs in six innings of work. He surrendered 10 hits and three walks, striking out five batters.
Schwaner (3-for-5) joined Bobo (2-for-4), Brennan Breaud (2-for-2) and Crites (2-for-5) in producing multiple hits. Eight of the nine players in the Lions’ starting lineup hit safely in the game.
The middle game of the series shifts to Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field in Hammond, Louisiana, Saturday at 2 p.m. Sophomore right-hander Corey Gaconi (3-3, 3.08) gets the starting nod for Southeastern versus Colonel senior left-hander Mike Hanchar (2-3, 4.35).
Saturday’s game is Autism Awareness Day and fans are encouraged to wear blue to the ballpark.
The game can be heard in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM, and worldwide online or through the TuneIn Radio app (search for KSLU). Fans can also keep up with the game 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, gameday promotions and tickets can be found on the baseball schedule page at www.LionSports.net.
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.
Southeastern 4, Nicholls 0 (Apr 21, 2017 at Thibodaux, La.)
Southeastern….. 200 001 100 – 4 13 1 (23-14, 11-8 SLC)
Nicholls………… 000 000 000 – 0 2 0 (20-20, 7-9 SLC)
Pitchers: Southeastern – Sceroler, Mac and Wasinger, Daniel. Nicholls – Stapler, Cole; Goff, Daniel (7) and Tucker, Alex.
Win-Sceroler, Mac (7-1) Loss-Stapler, Cole (4-5) T-2:54 A-655
HR SLU – Crites, Carson (8).
Weather: 79, partly cloudy at SSE 12
Stapler, C. faced 2 batters in the 7th.