HAMMOND, La. – Southeastern Louisiana jumped out to a big lead against Seton Hall and held off a late Pirate offensive attack for a 10-7 non-conference win Friday at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field.
The Lions (35-18) jumped on reigning NCBWA National Pitcher of the Week Zach Prendergast for three runs in the second inning, taking the early lead on Seton Hall (29-22).
Webb Bobo, a senior from Prattville, Alabama, singled to left leading off the inning. Derrick Mount, a senior from Saucier, Mississippi, followed with a single to left-center field and then Drew Avans beat out a bunt single to load the bases.
Southeastern plated all three runs without a hit. Bobo scored when Prendergast hit catcher Daniel Wasinger with a pitch. Mount scored on Jacob Seward’s groundout to second base and Avans scored on Ryan Byers’ sacrifice fly to left.
Leading off the fourth, Mount singled for the second time in the game and advanced to second on Avans’ second bunt hit. Both were sacrificed into scoring position by Wasinger. Byers drew a two-out walk to load the bases. Mount then scored on an infield hit by Breaud and Avans scored when the throw from the shortstop got past the first baseman.
The Lions strung together three-consecutive, two-out hits in the fifth.
Mount singled and then scored on Avans’ double into the gap in right-center field. Avans scored on Wasinger’s single up the middle to give the Lions a 7-0 lead.
Corey Gaconi, Southeastern’s starting pitcher, handed the ball over to Mac Sceroler in the seventh and the Pirates started to rally.
Sceroler surrendered a two-run home run to shortstop Rob Dadona in the seventh.
The Lions responded with three more runs in the bottom of the inning for a 10-2 lead, but Seton Hall would not back down.
A solo homer leading off the eighth sparked a five-run inning for the Pirates, but Evan Hileman came on to shut the door for Southeastern.
Gaconi (6-4) earned the win, scattering four hits in six shutout innings. He struck out six batters.
Hileman closed out the game with 1.1 scoreless innings. He allowed one hit and one walk, fanning a pair to earn his fourth save of the season.
Prendergast (7-3) suffered the loss, allowing three runs in two innings of work. He surrendered three hits and one walk.
Avans (4-for-5), Mount (4-for-5), Bobo (2-for-4) and Wasinger (2-for-3) all enjoyed multi-hit performances for the Lions. Avans and Mount scored four runs each, while Avans drove in three.
The regular season wraps up Saturday for Southeastern with a 12 p.m. contest.
Neither team has announced a starting pitcher for the game.
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.
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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.
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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. The box office at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field opens one hour prior to the scheduled first pitch.
Southeastern 10, Seton Hall 7 (May 19, 2017 at Hammond, La.)
Seton Hall………… 000 000 250 – 7 11 2 (29-22)
Southeastern…….. 030 220 30X – 10 14 1 (35-18)
Pitchers: Seton Hall – Prendergast, Zach; Ponsiglione, Matt (3); Dana, Cullen (4); Layne, Jr., Billy (6); Sawyer, Corey (7); DeVito, Rick (8) and Villa, Chris. Southeastern – Gaconi, Corey; Sceroler, Mac (7); Hileman, Evan (8) and Wasinger, Daniel.
Win-Gaconi, Corey (6-4) Save-Hileman, Evan (4) Loss-Prendergast, Zach (7-3) T-3:10 A-1054
HR HALL – Ramiz, Ryan (1); Dadona, Rob (2).
Weather: Clear 86, SE 13 mph
SAWYER faced 2 batters in the 8th.