Lions host doubleheader Friday in weather-altered series against Nicholls

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OPPONENT | LOCATION
Nicholls (18-18, 9-9 Southland) vs. Southeastern Louisiana (19-18, 10-5 Southland)
Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field (Hammond, Louisiana)
Ben Meyer Diamond at Ray E. Didier Field (Thibodaux, Louisiana)

DATES | TIMES
Friday, April 19 – 2 p.m. (CT) DH at Hammond
Saturday, April 20 – 2 p.m. (CT) at Thibodaux

RADIO | INTERNET | MOBILE DEVICES
• KSLU, 90.9 FM
• Pregame show starts 15 minutes before first pitch
• www.LionSports.net – live audio, stats and video
• Lions Gameday Experience app, TuneIn Radio app

HAMMOND, La. – Southeastern Louisiana hosts the opening two games of a Southland Conference series Friday against rival Nicholls. Rescheduled out of concerns for inclement weather Thursday, the teams will now play a 2 p.m. doubleheader Friday at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field.

Fans who already purchased tickets may use either their Thursday or Friday ticket for admission. A doubleheader ticket will be sold Friday and the stadium will not be cleared between games.

The series between the Lions (19-18, 10-5 Southland) and Nicholls (18-18, 9-9 Southland) wraps up Saturday at 2 p.m. at Ben Meyer Diamond at Ray E. Didier Field in Thibodaux, Louisiana.

Between games of Friday’s doubleheader, the Easter Egg Hunt presented by Party Barn, originally scheduled for Super Lion Saturday, will be held at the ballpark.

All three games can be heard in the Hammond area on the flagship station of the Southeastern Sports Radio Network, KSLU 90.9 FM, online at www.LionSports.net/ListenLive and via both the Lions Gameday Experience and TuneIn Radio apps.

Fans can also keep up with all the action through streaming video ($), live statistics or by following @SLUathletics on Twitter. Web links to audio and video broadcast, stats, promotions and tickets are available on the baseball schedule page at www.LionSports.net.

Coming off a 12-3 thrashing Tuesday of McNeese in nonconference action, the Lions enter the series 2.5 games behind first-place Sam Houston State (14-4 Southland) in the conference standings.

Southeastern is hitting .254 collectively, with 50 doubles, 12 triples, 28 home runs and 70 stolen bases. The Lion pitching staff has worked to a combined 4.73 ERA, striking out 317 batters in 327 innings. Opponents are hitting .255 off Southeastern pitching.

Kyle Schimpf (.296), Preston Faulkner (.295), Cody Grosse (.292), Nick Ray (.286) and Nathan Pilutti (.272) pace the Southeastern offensive attack. Faulkner and Schimpf are tied for the team lead with six home runs each, while Schimpf has driven in a team-high 36 runs. Grosse leads the Southland with 21 stolen bases.

With the late schedule change, neither team has announced its starting rotation for the series.

Champ Davison (.302), Chris Sandberg (.299) and Brady Bell (.290) are the Colonels’ leading hitters. Adam Tarver has hit a team-high four home runs and Austin France has driven in a team-leading 24 runs. Dane Simon leads the squad with 11 stolen bases.

Nicholls is hitting .259 as a team, with 47 doubles, six triples, 17 home runs and 36 stolen bases. The Colonel pitching staff has worked to a combined 3.41 ERA, striking out 262 batters in 324 innings. Opponents are hitting .245 off Nicholls pitching.

Southeastern wraps up its stretch against in-state competition Tuesday, traveling to New Orleans, Louisiana, for a 6:30 p.m. game at Tulane.

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. All campus offices are closed Thursday and Friday for Spring Break.

The ticket booth at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field opens exactly one hour before first pitch. Doubleheader tickets for Friday are $13 for adults and $9 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.

LIONS GAMEDAY EXPERIENCE APP
The new Lions Gameday Experience app puts audio, stats, video, social media and more in the hands of fans. Those in attendance can also check in to earn reward points redeemable for Southeastern-related prizes. Available for both Android and iOS devices, it can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play.

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
For more information on Lions Baseball, follow @LionUpBaseball or @MattRiser17 on Twitter, @LionUpBaseball on Instagram and Facebook, and subscribe to the SLUathletics YouTube channel.

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