Schwaner, Sceroler pace Lions to win in series opener

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HAMMOND, La. – Mac Sceroler struck out a career-high 12 batters to shut down the Northwestern State bats and Taylor Schwaner smacked a pair of two-run home runs to power the Lion offense as Southeastern Louisiana shut out the Demons, 7-0, Thursday in the series opener at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field.

Southeastern (21-12, 9-7 Southland) and the Demons (10-22, 3-10 Southland) will continue the series Friday at 6 p.m.

Schwaner has homered in three consecutive games for the second time this season, producing five home runs in a span of nine plate appearances. He has also smashed a pair of homers in back-to-back games.

The first of his two home runs came in the first.

After Sceroler (6-1) retired the side in order to open up the game, left fielder Drew Avans drew a leadoff walk in the bottom half of the inning.

Jacob Seward, a senior from New Orleans, knocked an RBI triple into the left-center field gap, driving in Avans. Second baseman Carson Crites followed with an RBI single through the left side, driving in Seward, before Schwaner cleaned up.

Southeastern led, 4-0, before the Demons recorded the first out.

After Crites was hit by a one-out pitch in the third, Schwaner smacked the ball off the video board in left for his second two-run blast.

In the second, Avans threw out Northwestern State’s Matthew Alford trying to extend a single into a double, helping Sceroler face the minimum through three. Not to be outdone by Avans play in the second. Right fielder Ryan Byers robbed the Demons of a home run in the seventh, leaping into the wall in right-center field.

Sceroler fanned a pair of batters each in the second, third and fourth innings. After walking the leadoff hitter in the fourth, the junior right-hander from Denham Springs, Louisiana, retired the next 14 batters he faced.

A two-out walk and single snapped the string, putting runners on the corners in the eighth, but Sceroler caught Demon shortstop Caleb Ricca looking for his third strikeout of the inning and final strikeout of the game.

Reshirt junior Gage Pickett worked a scoreless ninth to close out the game.

Sceroler earned the win, allowing two hits and a pair of walks in eight innings. Demon starter Nathan Jones (3-5) suffered the loss, allowing six runs in three innings.

Sophomore right-hander Corey Gaconi (2-3, 3.13) gets the starting nod at 6 p.m. Friday versus Demon senior righty Evan Tidwell (1-4, 6.55) in the middle game of the series. Fans will be able to enjoy “Fireworks at the Pat” during and after the game.

Friday’s game will be televised live on Cox Sports Television (Charter 324 / 815 HD). Outside CST’s coverage area only, the game is available on ESPN3, WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app. ESPN3 is also available on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Sling TV, Chromecast and Roku.

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.

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 single 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 7, Northwestern State 0 (Apr 13, 2017 at Hammond, La.)
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Northwestern State.. 000 000 000 – 0 3 0 (10-22, 3-10)
Southeastern………… 402 000 10X – 7 5 0 (21-12, 9-7)
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Pitchers: Northwestern State – Jones, Nathan; McDonald, Cullen (4) and Richard, Kelsey. Southeastern – Sceroler, Mac; Pickett, Gage (9) and Wasinger, Daniel.

Win-Sceroler, Mac (6-1) Loss-Jones, Nathan (3-5) T-2:12 A-1153
HR SLU – Schwaner, Taylor 2.
Weather: Partly Cloudy 83, SE 8 mph

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Damon Sunde

Damon Sunde

Associate Director of Sports Information, Southeastern Louisiana University

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