Lions regain first in Southland with win over Demons
HAMMOND, La. - Southeastern Louisiana exploded for six runs early and held off Northwestern State late, regaining first place in the Southland Conference Friday with a 6-5 win over the Demons at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field.
Southeastern (23-9, 10-4 Southland) moved a half game in front of Northwestern State (17-12, 9-4 Southland) heading into Saturday's 2 p.m. series finale.
"We did a better job tonight of having better at-bats," Riser said. "We had productive at-bats and we got the hits when it counted. We had bases loaded and nobody out. I thought Jacob Williams competed with two strikes, but hits the ball right at them for a double-play ball. Daniel Midyett comes up and gets a big two-run knock. That's huge. It's not the hits, but when you get the hits. Webb Bobo also had a huge night at the plate for us."
Bobo put the Lions out in front, 1-0, with the first home run of his collegiate career, a solo shot to right field with two outs in the second. But it would not have been a lead if not for the pitching of Jake Johnson (6-0).
Chase Daughdrill led off the top of the second with a single up the middle for the Demons and advanced to third when CJ Webster followed up with a double to center field. With a pair of runners in scoring position, Johnson induced a ground ball to third out of David Fry for the first out. He then fanned Caleb Dugas and Matthew Alford back-to-back.
"Jake [Johnson] does a fabulous job of elminating the big inning," Riser said. "Tonight they could've had some big innings. Second and third with nobody out and we get out of the inning without allowing them to score."
Johnson kept it rolling in the third, fanning the side for five-consecutive strikeouts.
Southeastern added on to the lead with two more runs in the third. Chris Eades singled and then Demon starting pitcher Josh Oller (5-1) issued back-to-back walks to Ryan Byers and Jacob Seward to load the bases with no outs.
Williams battled hard at the plate, but grounded into a 5-2-3 double play. With runners at second and third, and two outs, Midyett picked up his teammate. The junior from Shreveport, Louisiana, pulled a single through the right side, driving in Byers and Seward to put the Lions up 3-0 in the game.
Southeastern picked up its final three runs in the fourth. Bobo helped by duplicating his second-inning performance, blasting a solo shot to right for his second home run of the game.
Northwestern State scored a pair of runs in both the sixth and seventh innings to make it a one-run game, but Domenick Carlini worked two perfect innings in relief to close out the game.
Johnson earned the win, allowing five runs (all earned) on nine hits. He walked one and tied a career high with 10 strikeouts. Carlini earned his third save of the season, fanning three. Oller suffered the loss.
Saturday's contest will feature Bingo at the Ballpark. Baseball-themed bingo cards will be given out to all fans and students. Prizes will be awarded to the first 20 players with bingo. The first player to produce an "S" on their bingo card will receive $100.
The game can be heard in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM, online and through either the KSLU or TuneIn Radio smartphone apps. Fans can also keep up with the action 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, tickets and promotions are available on the baseball schedule page at www.LionSports.net.
Southpaw Kyle Cedotal (3-2, 1.74), a junior from Denham Springs, Louisiana, draws the starting nod for Southeastern in Saturday's 2 p.m. series finale against Demon right-hander Jeffrey Stovall (3-2, 4.14).
Southeastern La. 6, Northwestern State 5 (Apr 03, 2015 at Hammond, La.)
Northwestern State.. 000 102 200 - 5 9 1 (17-12, 9-4 SLC)
Southeastern La....... 012 300 00X - 6 5 1 (23-9, 10-4 SLC)
Pitchers: Northwestern State - Oller, Josh; Tidwell, Evan (4); Hymel, Chase (7); Duvic, Hunter (7) and Webster, CJ. Southeastern La. - Johnson, Jake; Carlini, Domenick (8) and Eades, Chris.
Win-Johnson, Jake (6-0) Save-Carlini, Domenick (3) Loss-Oller, Josh (5-1) T-2:47 A-1069
HR NWLA - Brinson, Cort 2 (5).
HR SLU - Bobo, Webb 2 (2).
Weather: 83 Partly Cloudy, SW 10 mph
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