No. 36-ranked Lions host Tangi Tourism Baseball Classic to open 2017 ceason

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No. 36-ranked Southeastern Louisiana Lions (40-21 in 2016) vs. No. 13-ranked UL Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns (43-21 in 2016); Hofstra Pride (15-37 in 2016) and Murray State Racers (27-29 in 2016)

SLU DATES / TIMES / PITCHING MATCHUPS
Friday, Feb. 17 – 6 p.m. (CT)
ULL – Junior LHP Gunner Leger (7-3, 2.26) vs.
SLU – Junior RHP Mac Sceroler (10-4, 2.25)

Saturday, Feb. 18 – 6 p.m. (CT)
HU – Junior RHP Chris Weiss (1-4, 6.75) vs.
SLU – Sophomore LHP Payton Robinson (1-0, 5.18)

Sunday, Feb. 19 – 1 p.m. (CT)
MSU – Senior RHP Austin Dubsky (5-5, 5.81) vs.
SLU – Junior RHP Kade Granier (5-1, 1.42)

STADIUM
Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field (Hammond, Louisiana)

RADIO
• KSLU, 90.9 FM (SLU Friday and Sunday games only)
• Pregame show starts 15 minutes prior to first pitch

INTERNET / MOBILE DEVICE
• www.LionSports.net – live audio, stats and video
• TuneIn Radio app

HAMMOND, La. – The No. 36-ranked Southeastern Louisiana baseball team opens the 2017 season Friday, hosting the three teams at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field in the Tangi Tourism Baseball Classic.

Hofstra and Murray State square off at 1 p.m. Friday in the opener. Southeastern faces No. 13-ranked UL Lafayette at 6 p.m. Friday in the nightcap. The Lions play Hofstra at 6 p.m. Saturday and Murray State at 1 p.m. Sunday.

The Lions’ Friday and Sunday games can be heard in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM, online and through the TuneIn Radio app (search for KSLU). Fans can also keep up with the games 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, a gameday promotions schedule and tickets are available on the baseball schedule page at www.LionSports.net.

Southeastern is coming off back-to-back 40-win seasons and a 2016 NCAA Regional trip.

Head coach Matt Riser’s squad returns six All-Conference players, including Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American / Southland Conference Freshman of the Year Brennan Breaud, Southland Conference Relief Pitcher of the Year Kade Granier and Mac Sceroler, a 36th-round selection of the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2016 MLB Draft.

Last season, the Lions hit .283 as a team, with 98 doubles, 20 triples, 46 home runs and 113 stolen bases. Southeastern returns eight players who saw significant time in the starting lineup.

Webb Bobo, Breaud, Carson Crites and Jacob Seward earned All-Southland honors a year ago, and Seward was the 2015 Southland Conference Player of the Year.

Southeastern’s pitching staff worked to a combined 3.01 ERA in 2016, eighth-lowest in the nation, fanning 463 batters in 532 innings pitched. Opponents hit .235 off Lion pitching.

Sceroler (10-4, 2.25) draws the starting nod in the opener. A junior from Denham Springs, Louisiana, he led the Southland in wins last season. He will be opposed by Ragin’ Cajun junior left-hander Gunner Leger (7-3, 2.26).

The rest of the weekend rotation for Southeastern features sophomore left-hander Payton Robinson (1-0, 5.18) against Hofstra junior righty Chris Weiss (1-4, 6.75) and Granier (5-1, 1.42) against Murray State senior right-hander Austin Dubsky (5-5, 5.81).

Southeastern returns to Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field Tuesday at 6 p.m. to host No. 34-ranked Tulane for Fireworks at the Pat.

TANGI TOURISM BASEBALL CLASSIC
The round-robin event features Hofstra, UL Lafayette, Murray State and host Southeastern Louisiana. Tickets are required for each game. Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field will be cleared between games each day.

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.

Box seats ($16) and upper-level reserved seats ($13) are available for the non-Southeastern games Friday and Saturday at 1 p.m., and Sunday at 5 p.m. General admission tickets for all games are $9 for adults and $6 for children (ages 3-12). Tax is included in the ticket prices.

Southeastern students are admitted free with a valid university ID card. Students and campus organizations can earn points toward their new Lion Up Loyalty account at any home game by checking in on the mobile app while in attendance.

Friday, February 17
1 p.m. – Hofstra vs. Murray State
6 p.m. – UL Lafayette vs. Southeastern

Saturday, February 18
1 p.m. – Murray State vs. UL Lafayette
6 p.m. – Hofstra vs. Southeastern

Sunday, February 19
1 p.m. – Murray State vs. Southeastern
5 p.m. – Hofstra vs. UL Lafayette

More information on the Tangi Tourism Baseball Classic can be found at www.LionSports.net/TangiTourismBaseballClassic.

MARDI GRAS PARADE ROUTE
The Krewe of Omega rolls at 6:30 p.m. and the parade route includes portions of the Southeastern campus, including N. General Pershing St., Friendship Circle and N. Oak St.

Fans arriving around first pitch of Friday’s Southeastern-UL Lafayette game are advised to plan alternate routes to the ballpark.

Exiting I-12, fans should follow N.W. Railroad Ave. until turning left at either W. Thomas St. or W. Church St. Turn right onto N. Hazel St. to reach the ballpark.

Coming off I-55, fans can take University Ave. to N. Morrison Blvd. (Highway 51). Turning right, take Morrison to W. Church St. Turn left onto Church and then turn left once reaching N. Hazel St.

Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field is located at the southwest corner of the SLU campus on W. Dakota St., near N. Hazel St. The nearest physical address is for the Dugas Center for Southeastern Athletics (800 Galloway Dr., Hammond, La., 70402).

A map of the parade route can be found at www.LionSports.net/TangiTourismBaseballClassic.

RADIO BROADCASTS
Southeastern radio broadcasts can be heard once again this season on KSLU 90.9 FM, online at www.LionSports.net/ListenLive or through the TuneIn Radio app on your mobile device. All games, except those that conflict with previously scheduled Southeastern basketball games, will be broadcast.

MATT RISER RADIO SHOW
The Matt Riser Show, a 60-minute radio show about the Southeastern baseball program, airs each Monday at 7 p.m. during the season from Buddies Bar & Grill on N. Morrison Blvd. Hosted by Allen Waddell, the show will be broadcast on flagship station KSLU 90.9 FM, in addition to Southeastern Sports Radio Network affiliates Kajun 107.1 FM, the Highway 104.7 FM and WFPR 1400 AM.

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