Lions Walk Off With Extra Innings Win over McNeese at SLC Tourney
SUGAR LAND, Texas - Kyle Cedotal, who spent the bulk of the season on the mound for Southeastern Louisiana, delivered at the plate Thursday, lofting a sacrifice fly to right-center field in the bottom of the 12th-inning as the Lions defeated McNeese State, 3-2, in the Southland Conference Tournament at Constellation Field.
"Our attitude all season has been that it is going to take all 35 of us and I think we only had one guy left on the bench," head coach Matt Riser said. "You never know in the tournament who is going to be the hero and Kyle Cedotal stepped up with a huge at-bat in that last inning to win it for us."
Top-seeded Southeastern (42-16) eliminated McNeese (32-25), the No. 4 seed, from the tournament and advanced to a noon game Friday against the loser of Thursday's late game between No. 5-seeded Sam Houston State and No. 8 seed Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
Daniel Midyett scored from third on Cedotal's sac fly, sliding around the back side of the plate to avoid the tag. Midyett drew a walk to lead off the inning against Cowboy reliever Cory LaPeze (0-1) and advanced to third on Kevin Carr's single through the right side.
Freshman right-hander Mac Sceroler (3-2) retired the first five batters he faced after entering the game with a runner at second base and two outs in the ninth.
McNeese threatened in the 11th, putting runners at second and third with one out, but Sceroler induced a ground ball to short off the bat of Lewis Guilbeau. Kennon Menard's throw home nailed Connor Crane at the plate for the second out. Cowboy third baseman Matt Gallier grounded out to third, ending the threat.
"He's a special guy and (Scerolor) came in with the attitude that they weren't going to score," Riser said. "We had an outstanding defensive effort behind Mac to get out of that jam in the 11th. Chris Eades did an outstanding job blocking the plate on that play and I couldn't be more proud of that play."
Southeastern scored single runs in the first and third innings, but the Cowboys rallied for a pair (one unearned) in the seventh inning to tie the game.
Carson Crites tripled with one in the first and scored on Midyett's grounder to second base, putting the Lions up early. Crites also scored the Lions' second run, knocking a two-out single in the third. He advanced to third base on Midyett's single up the middle and scored on Carr's single to right.
Sceroler, the fourth Lion pitcher of the game, earned the win. LaPeze, who only threw eight pitches (seven balls) was tagged with the loss.
Carr (4-for-6) and Crites (3-for-4) led Southeastern at the plate.
"We have a chance to get on a roll, but we can only worry about tomorrow," Riser said. "All we know is we're playing tomorrow at noon and we just have to take it one game at a time."
All of the Lions tournament games 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. Additionally, all of the tournament games will be broadcast by ESPN3.
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An all-tournament pass, which allows entry into all 15 possible games of the tournament, is $55. A single-day pass, which will include four games on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with a possibility of three games on Saturday, is $17 each day.
Additionally, children 5 and under will be admitted free of charge, while students at Southland Conference Institutions will also gain free admission with a valid student ID. Tickets are available for purchase at the Constellation Field box office, by phone at 281-240-4487 and online at www.sugarlandskeeters.com. Online orders are subject to a $2 service charge per ticket.
Southeastern La. 3, McNeese State 2 (May 21, 2015 at Sugar Land, Texas)
McNeese State....... 000 000 200 000 - 2 11 0 (32-25)
Southeastern La..... 101 000 000 001 - 3 12 1 (42-16)
Pitchers: McNeese State - Kingsley, Bryce; Prejean, Cole (4); Kober, Collin (7); LaPeze, Cory (12); Stremmel, Ethan (12) and Toole, Cameron. Southeastern La. - Johnson, Jake; Klotz, Mason (7); Granier, Kade (8); Sceroler, Mac (9) and Eades, Chris; Cuccia, Nico.
Win-Sceroler, Mac (3-2) Loss-LaPeze, Cory (0-1) T-3:27