Southeastern rally falls short in 13-9 slugfest against Lamar
BEAUMONT, Texas – A late rally by Southeastern Louisiana came up short Saturday, falling 13-9 at Lamar in the middle game of a Southland Conference series at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
Southeastern (26-21, 15-8 Southland) fell behind early as Lamar (16-30, 8-18 Southland) piled up nine runs in the first three innings.
The Lions broke through in the fifth. Trey Harrington singled leading off the inning and Nathan Pilutti worked a walk from Lamar starting pitcher Jason Blanchard (5-3). Brennan Breaud followed with a single to load the bases. The hit was the 201st of his career, tying him for 10th all-time at Southeastern with Joe Labruzzo (1996-99).
Designated hitter Jonathan Parker ripped a double down the left-field line, driving in Harrington and Pilutti. Breaud, who advanced to third base on the double, scored on Connor Manola’s sacrifice fly to center field.
Up 9-3, Lamar extended its lead to double digits with four more runs in the sixth and seventh.
Not content to go away quietly, Southeastern fought back.
Cody Grosse worked a one-out walk off reliever Marcus Olivarez in the eighth and scored on Kyle Schimpf’s two-out double to right-center field.
Pinch-hitter Scottie Sanders led off the ninth with a single to left field, advancing to second base on a wild pitch. Moving over to third on a groundout, Sanders scored on Parker’s single to right. Catcher Evan Pace followed with a single through the right side. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch before Grosse drew a two-out walk to load the bases.
Left fielder Nick Ray greeted reliever AJ Ozorio-Brace by launching his 2-2 pitch over the wall in left for a grand slam. Ray’s sixth home run of the season wrapped up the scoring.
Blanchard earned the win, allowing three runs in seven innings pitched. Mason Knopp (6-2) suffered the loss, allowing nine runs – eight earned – in two-plus innings of work.
The series concludes Sunday at 1 p.m. The finale 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.
A free video stream, provided by Lamar, is available on Facebook Watch. Fans can also keep up with all the action through live statistics or by following @SLUathletics on Twitter. Web links to audio, video and stats are available on the baseball schedule page at www.LionSports.net.
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Lamar 13, Southeastern 9
Southeastern…… 000 030 015 – 9 10 1 (26-21, 15-8)
Lamar……………… 423 003 10X – 13 18 0 (16-30, 8-18)
Pitchers: Southeastern – Knopp, Mason; Lee, Peyton (3); Simanek, Justin (5); Flesher, Nick (6) and Manola, Connor; Pace, Evan. Lamar – Blanchard, Jason; Olivarez, Marcus (8); Ozorio-Brace, AJ (9) and McCall, Rhett; Gutierrez, Jorge.
Win-Blanchard, Jason (5-3) Loss-Knopp, Mason (6-2) T-4:42 A-612
HR SLU – Ray, Nick (6).
HR LU – Girouard, Cole (2); Correa, JC (8); Adames, Robin (8).
Weather: 82 & Partly Cloudy, 8 MPH NW
Knopp, M. faced 3 batters in the 3rd.
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