Southeastern ties school record on way to doubleheader sweep of MVSU

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HAMMOND, La. – Southeastern Louisiana swept an Opening Day doubleheader from Mississippi Valley State, tying the school record for runs scored on its way to winning the opener, 26-0, and following up with a 23-0 win in the nightcap Saturday at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field.

The Lions (2-0) tied a nearly 62-year-old record in the season opener, equaling the scoring output of a 26-3 win over Taylor University on March 25, 1959, under legendary head coach Pat Kenelly. The nightcap marked the first time Southeastern has 20 or more runs in back-to-back games since its record-setting performance more than six decades ago when the Lions swept a three-game series from Taylor by scores of 10-3, 21-2 and 26-3.

Southeastern wraps up its series with Mississippi Valley State (0-2) at 1 p.m. Sunday. Fans are advised that Ned McGhee Drive through Friendship Circle will be closed for the Southland Conference Cross Country Championships, limit parking lot access to West Dakota Street only.

The series finale can be heard in the Hammond area on the flagship station of the Southeastern Sports Radio Network – KSLU 90.9 FM – in addition to online at www.LionSports.net/ListenLive and via both the Lions Gameday Experience and TuneIn Radio apps.

Streaming video will be available on the Southeastern Sports Network. Fans can watch the free video stream of Sunday’s game using the Lions’ Gameday Experience app for Android or iOS devices, the Southland Conference Digital Network app for smart TV devices (e.g., Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV and Roku) or online at www.LionSports.net/SSN.

Other options to follow the action this weekend include live statistics or the @LionUpBaseball Twitter account. Links to audio, video and stats are available on the baseball schedule page at www.LionSports.net.

Game One – Southeastern Louisiana 26, Mississippi Valley State 0
The Lions scored in every inning, except for the fourth, and Trey Shaffer struck out a career-high 12 batters in five shutout innings of work as he shut down the Mississippi Valley bats.

Southeastern pounded out 22 hits, its most since rapping out 21 base knocks at Houston Baptist on April 25, 2015. Thirteen different Lions picked up a hit, including every player in the starting lineup except for Jacob Burke.

Nick Ray (3-for-3) and Eli Johnson (3-for-4) led the way as seven different players turned in multi-hit performances at the plate. Nathan Tribble, a junior infielder from Ponchatoula, Louisiana, was 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles after coming off the bench.

Ray and Evan Keller each drove in three apiece while five others also drove in multiple runs. Kenneth Bell III, a freshman outfielder from Hammond, tied the school record with a pair of sacrifice flies in the game.

Shaffer (1-0) earned the win in dominating fashion, allowing one hit and a pair of walks in five innings. Will Kinzeler, a freshman right-hander from Covington, Louisiana, allowed just one hit in three innings of work, fanning five in his collegiate debut. Brock Batty, a junior from Denham Springs, Louisiana, closed out the win with a perfect ninth.

Lion pitching combined to fan 18 batters, one shy of the program record.

Game Two – Southeastern Louisiana 26, Mississippi Valley State 0
Burke made up for going hitless in the opener by ripping a pair of extra-base hits during a 3-for-5 showing at the plate in the nightcap. The freshman infielder from St. Francisville, Louisiana pulled an RBI double to left in the second inning and then ripped a triple into the left-center field gap leading off the eighth. He scored four runs and drove in another three.

Ray (2-for-4), a redshirt sophomore outfielder from Jefferson, Louisiana, enjoyed another multi-hit game and drove in three more. Evan Keller (2-for-3) and Champ Artigues (2-for-3) both produced multiple hits in both ends of the doubleheader.

Preston Faulkner set the program record, getting hit by a pitch four times in the game.

Will Warren (1-0) allowed a pair of infield singles in six innings of work, striking out eight batters. Brennan Stuprich, Andrew Landy, Corbin Bozosi and Kyle Flettrich combined to finish out the shutout in relief.

TICKET INFORMATION
Baseball single-game tickets, for games during February and March, are currently on sale. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance to minimize ticket lines on game days. Due to COVID-related capacity restrictions, single-game tickets are not currently available online.

A limited number of student tickets are available for each game and Southeastern students are encouraged to contact the ticket office prior to the game to reserve theirs in advance.

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 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Fridays. The ticket booth at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field opens exactly one hour prior to the scheduled first pitch.

MOBILE TICKETING
Southeastern is implementing mobile ticketing as the primary method for securing tickets during the 2020-21 school year. Tickets will be available via text message or email in a PDF format for fans to download on their phone or print at home. Tickets can also be downloaded to Apple Wallet.

GAMEDAY PARKING
Gameday parking during the 2021 season is $5 per day for Southeastern baseball, while football parking is $25 per day for most vehicles and $85 for RVs.

Fans can purchase a season pass ($105), individual reserved ($185) or RV parking spots ($225), good for all baseball and football games, by completing the form at www.LionSports.net/Parking and submitting it to the Lion Athletics Association.

CLEAR BAG POLICY
Southeastern Athletics enforces a clear bag policy for all ticketed events. The policy mirrors safety precautions required for entrance to professional and collegiate sporting venues throughout the country. For more information on the clear bag policy, visit www.LionSports.net/Clear.

SOCIAL DISTANCING ON GAMEDAYS
Proper social distancing techniques are required at all athletic events. Fans are asked to maintain a minimum distance of six feet from others, wear a face covering over both their nose and mouth, and wash their hands frequently. Hand sanitizing stations are located throughout Southeastern’s athletic facilities.

While tailgating is currently prohibited, current health and safety guidelines set forth by state and local officials due to the COVID-19 pandemic allow for 25 percent capacity at athletic events. Capacity will be adjusted as state guidelines allow.

LIONS GAMEDAY EXPERIENCE APP
The 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 or by following the link www.LionSports.net/App.

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.

LINE SCORES
Southeastern 26, Mississippi Valley 0 (Feb 20, 2021 at Hammond, La.) (Game 1)
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Mississippi Valley … 000 000 000 – 0 2 3 (0-1)
Southeastern ……….. 172 031 66X – 26 22 0 (1-0)
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Pitchers: Mississippi Valley – Johnson, Nicholas; Maldonado, Angel (5); Harris, Andrew (8) and Washington, Ty; Perez, Angel. Southeastern – Shaffer, Trey; Kinzeler, Will (6); Batty, Brock (9) and Grizzafi, Bryce; Cruz, Gaby.

Win-Shaffer, Trey (1-0) Loss-Johnson, Nicholas (0-1) T-3:13 A-844
Weather: 54 Sunny, SE 1 mph

Southeastern 23, Mississippi Valley 0 (Feb 20, 2021 at Hammond, La.) (Game 2)
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Mississippi Valley … 000 000 000 – 0 4 6 (0-2)
Southeastern ……….. 270 054 14X – 23 15 1 (2-0)
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Pitchers: Mississippi Valley – Stallings, Hunter; Dolphin, Kyndell (6) and Yandrich, Johnathan. Southeastern – Warren, Will; Stuprich, Brennan (7); Landry, Andrew (8); Bozosi, Corbin (8); Flettrich, Kyle (9) and Grizzafi, Bryce; Cruz, Gaby.

Win-Warren, Will (1-0) Loss-Stallings, Hunter (0-1) T-2:52 A-818
Weather: 56 Sunny, SSE 5 mph

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