HAMMOND, La. – Southeastern Louisiana tomahawked its way to a 21-3 win Tuesday over Alcorn State at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field.
The Lions (25-15) chopped out a season-high 18 hits, half of which went for extra bases. Southeastern knocked five doubles, a pair of triples and a pair of home runs off Braves’ (10-26) pitching.
Alcorn struck first with a three-run home run in the first.
Payton Robinson (2-0), the Lions’ starting pitcher, walked the first batter of the game and surrendered a one-out single before cleanup hitter Jason Sanez smacked his second homer of the season.
Southeastern bounced right back in the bottom of the inning, sending 12 batters to the plate on the way to an eight-run first.
Consecutive dropped fly balls by the Braves’ outfielders proved to be a pair of three-base errors for Ryan Byers and Brennan Breaud, the latter producing a run. Designated hitter Taylor Schwaner followed with an RBI double off the center-field wall and Carson Crites cleaned up with a two-run homer to left.
The blast was Crites’ 10th of the season, giving Southeastern its first pair of players with double-digit home runs – joining Schwaner – in more than a decade.
Drew Avans, Derrick Mount and Webb Bobo all reached to load the bases. Avans was erased on a fielder’s choice, but Byers followed up with a two-run double to left and Breaud drove in the final two runs of the inning with a single through the right side.
In the second, Avans knocked a one-out double and then stole third base. He scored on Mount’s eighth sacrifice fly of the season, a total that ranks third nationally.
Bobo singled and scored on Scottie Sanders’ RBI double to left-center field. Sanders scored on Evan Pace’s RBI single to left. Pace scored on Byers’ two-run homer to left.
Byers’ home run was his eighth of the season and third in the last two games. It staked the Lions to a 13-3 lead through two innings.
Southeastern scored three more in the fourth.
Sanders doubled again and scored on Pace’s triple to right-center. Pace scored on a triple by pinch hitter Jacob Seward. The ninth triple of his career, Seward is now tied for second in the Southeastern record book. He scored when the relay throw to third caromed out of play.
Two more runs scored in the fifth, giving the Lions an 18-3 lead.
Avans scored on Daniel Wasinger’s infield single and Mount followed him across the plate when the shortstop’s throw to first bounced away.
Trey Morgan, Nate Hunter and Mount all scored in the sixth to wrap up the barrage of runs.
Avans (3-for-4), Byers (2-for-3), Crites (2-for-4), Mount (2-for-4), Pace (2-for-3) and Sanders (2-for-4) all enjoyed multi-hit games. Byers drove in four. Breaud plated three and Crites had a pair of RBIs. Six Lions scored multiple runs.
Robinson, the first of seven Southeastern pitchers, was designated the winner. Gage Pickett, Carlo Graffeo, Tyler Booth, Cole Martin, Cliff Hurst and Avans all turned in scoreless outings on the mound.
Alcorn starting pitcher Regynold Johnson was tagged with the loss, allowing eight runs – just two earned – in one inning pitched. He surrendered six hits and a walk, striking out one.
Southeastern returns to the road this coming weekend, traveling to Nacogdoches, Texas, for a three-game, Southland Conference series at second-place Stephen F. Austin. Games are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at Jaycees Field.
Southeastern 21, Alcorn State 3 (Apr 25, 2017 at Hammond, La.)
Alcorn State……… 300 000 0 – 3 3 5 (10-26)
Southeastern…….. 850 323 X – 21 18 0 (25-15)
Pitchers: Alcorn State – Johnson, Regynold; Key, Devon (2); Smith, Joe (6) and Sanez, Jason. Southeastern – Robinson, Payton; Pickett, Gage (3); Graffeo, Carlo (4); Booth, Tyler (5); Martin, Cole (6); Hurst, Cliff (6); Avans, Drew (7) and Pace, Evan; Wasinger, Daniel.
Win-Robinson, Payton (2-0) Loss-Johnson, Regynold (0-4) T-2:27 A-1077
HR ALCN – Sanez, Jason.
HR SLU – Byers, Ryan; Crites, Carson.
Weather: Sunny, Clear 81; S 12 mph