HAMMOND, La. – Leading 4-2 through six innings Sunday, Southeastern Louisiana turned the game over to the bullpen and watched Lamar rally for a 13-5 Southland Conference win at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field.
The loss snapped a 10-game winning streak for the Lions (14-5, 5-1 Southland) and marked the first win for Lamar (11-10, 1-5 Southland) in the series in more than three seasons. The Cardinals last win against Southeastern came on March 14, 2014, in Hammond.
Lamar took the lead in the seventh with four runs, the latter two coming on a two-run home run by left fielder Reid Russell. It was his fifth of the season.
A seven-run eighth was capped by a grand slam off the bat of designated hitter Robin Adames, his second homer of the series.
Southeastern built its lead with a pair of runs in the third and two more in the fifth, countering a pair scored by the Cardinal in the fourth.
Designated hitter Webb Bobo led off the third for the Lions with a solo home run to right field. It was the first of the season for the senior from Prattville, Alabama. With one out shortstop Brennan Breaud beat out a bunt single and scored on a double off the bat of right fielder Ryan Byers.
Breaud started the Lion offense in the fifth, lining a one-out single up the middle. After Byers was hit by a pitch from reliever Galen Andrews, left fielder Drew Avans beat out an infield single he chopped past Andrews.
Carson Crites, a senior second baseman from Amarillo, Texas, dropped a two-run single down the left-field line, driving in Breaud and Byers to put Southeastern up, 4-2.
Lion starting pitcher Kade Granier did not factor in the decision, allowing two runs on five hits in six innings of work. The junior from Destrehan, Louisiana, walked two and struck out four batters.
Evan Hileman (3-1), one of five Lion relievers in the game, suffered the loss. Hileman allowed four runs, the first runs he has given up all season, on four hits in 1.1 innings pitched. The junior from St. Rose, Louisiana fanned one batter.
Payton Robinson (2 R in 0.1 IP), Josh Green (4 R in 0 IP) and Bryce Tassin (1 R in 0.1 IP) also logged time on the mound for Southeastern. Carlo Graffeo, a sophomore from Covington, Louisiana, worked a scoreless ninth.
Jimmy Johnson (1-2), the third of three pitchers used in the game by the Cardinals, earned the win. He allowed one run on just one hit in 4.2 innings of work, walking one and striking out three.
Breaud led the Lions at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored.
Southeastern returns to the road Wednesday, traveling to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to face No. 6-ranked LSU at Alex Box Stadium in a game broadcast on the SEC Network+. Any available tickets for the game can be purchased through the LSU Athletics Ticket Office by calling (225) 578-2184 or online at www.lsutix.net.
Lamar 13, Southeastern 5 (Mar 19, 2017 at Hammond, La.)
Lamar……………… 000 200 470 – 13 11 0 (11-10, 1-5)
Southeastern…….. 002 020 010 – 5 7 1 (14-5, 5-1)
Pitchers: Lamar – Campbell, Jace; Andrews, Galen (3); Johnson, Jimmy (5) and Arredondo, Bryndan. Southeastern – Granier, Kade; Robinson, Payton (7); Hileman, Evan (7); Green, Josh (8); Tassin, Bryce (8); Graffeo, Carlo (9) and Pace, Evan.
Win-Johnson, Jimmy (1-2) Loss-Hileman, Evan (3-1) T-2:44 A-1088
HR LU – Russell, Reid (5); Adames, Robin (2).
HR SLU – Bobo, Webb (1).
Weather: Cloudy 75, SSE 3 mph
Green, J. faced 4 batters in the 8th.