Gaconi named Southland Conference Pitcher of the Week

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HAMMOND, La. – Southeastern Louisiana right-hander Corey Gaconi earned Southland Conference Pitcher of the Week honors Monday, the league office announced. The weekly honors are presented by MidSouth Bank.

Gaconi posted his second-longest outing of the season, going eight strong innings in a 5-1 series-opening win over then-conference leader Stephen F. Austin. The win vaulted the Lions into first place by virtue of a better Southland winning percentage than Sam Houston State and SFA.

The senior from Metairie, Louisiana, struck out seven and once again did not issue a walk, holding the Lumberjacks to just one run. After giving up back-to-back base hits to open the second inning, Gaconi retired the next 16 batters before surrendering a seventh-inning double.

At the season’s midpoint, Gaconi has issued the second-fewest walks per nine innings (0.39 BB/9) in the nation and also ranks second in Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio (21.5-to-1 K/BB). Friday’s outing lowered his ERA to 2.51, placing him eighth in a competitive conference race.

Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted.

The Lions (14-13, 6-3 SLC), who have overcome a slow start to win eight of their last nine contests, look to continue that momentum with a pair of midweek games against UL Lafayette before visiting New Orleans for a three-game conference series. Games against the Ragin’ Cajuns are Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in Lafayette, Louisiana, and Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field.

TICKET INFORMATION
Single-game tickets can be purchased online at www.LionSports.net/Tickets or by contacting the Southeastern Athletics Ticket Office at (985) 549-5466. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Fridays. The ticket booth at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field opens exactly one hour before first pitch.

General Admission tickets for Lion home games are $9 for adults and $6 for children (ages 3-12). Southeastern students are admitted free with a valid university ID card.

CLEAR BAG POLICY
Southeastern Athletics has instituted a clear bag policy for all ticketed events, effective with the start of the 2018 fall semester. The policy mirrors safety precautions taken upon entrance to professional and collegiate sporting venues throughout the country. For more information on the clear bag policy, visit www.LionSports.net/Clear.

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DIAMOND CLUB / S CLUB
Fans interested in becoming active supporters of the baseball program are encouraged to join the Diamond Club. Lion baseball alums are encouraged to join the exclusive S Club, which is restricted to Southeastern athletic letter winners.

All membership fees and donations to both the Diamond Club and S Club (baseball) are available for the exclusive use of the Southeastern baseball program. Membership information is available by contacting the Lion Athletics Association at laa@southeastern.edu or (985) 549-5091 or visiting www.LionUp.com.

SOCIAL MEDIA
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