Lions host HBU to close out regular season home slate
OPPONENT | LOCATION
Houston Baptist (18-28, 11-7 SLC) at Southeastern (19-25, 9-9 SLC)
Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field (Hammond, Louisiana)
DATES | SCHEDULES | LIKELY BEGINNERS
Friday, May 6 – 6 p.m. CT
HBU – LHP Austin Spinney (3-3, 6.06) vs.
SLU–LHP Adam Guth (2-1, 4.99)
Saturday, May 7 – 2 p.m. (CT)
HBU – RHP Jared Burch (1-3, 4.32) vs.
SLU – to be determined
Sunday, May 8 – 1 p.m. (CT)
HBU–RHP Matthew Charles (3-0, 6.62) vs.
SLU – to be determined
RADIO | VIDEO | INTERNET | MOBILE DEVICES
• Radio: KSLU, 90.9 FM
• Video: ESPN+
• www.LionSports.net – live audio, statistics and video
• Lions Gameday Experience app, MyTuner Radio app, Mixlr app
HAMMOND, Louisiana – The University of Southeast Louisiana baseball team returns to the Southland Conference this weekend, hosting first-place Houston Baptist in a three-game series at the Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field to conclude its regular season home roster.
Southeastern (19-25, 9-9 SLC) and the Huskies (18-28, 11-7 SLC) face off at 6 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. The Lions are two games behind HBU, McNeese and Nicholls in the Southland standings with six conference games remaining.
Sunday is Seniors Day and a designated Cane’s Challenge competition. Prior to the game, nine senior players will be recognized for their contributions to the SLU baseball program and free baseball cards will be available at the marketing and promotions table.
When the Lions score four or more races on Sunday, fans can bring their ticket or student coupon to any participating Raising Cane store for a buy-and-buy offer on any combo.
Fans in the Hammond area can listen to game broadcasts on the Southeastern Sports Radio Network’s flagship station – KSLU 90.9 FM – in addition to being online at www.LionSports.net/ListenLive and through the Lions Gameday Experience apps, Mixlr and MyTuner Radio. The MyTuner application is compatible with the Apple CarPlay software available in most recent car models. Fans should search for SLU Athletics (Mixlr) or Southeastern Sports Radio Network (MyTuner).
All three games will also air on ESPN+.
Freshman left-handed Adam Guth (2-1, 4.99) draws the Lions’ starting assignment in Game 1 of the series against HBU senior southpaw Austin Spinney (3-3, 6.06).
SLU has not announced a starting pitcher for any of the final two games of the series. The Huskies plan to start senior right-hander Jared Burch (1-3, 4.32) in Saturday’s game and sophomore right-hander Matthew Charles (3-0, 6.62) in the series finale.
The Lions split a pair of games last week, dropping a 9-4 decision at home to No. 3-ranked Southern Miss on April 26 before winning the first two games of a three-game Southland series at Northwestern State.
Preston Faulkner (.295), Shea Thomas (.275), Tristan Welch (.254) and Tyler Finke (.252) look southeast to the plate. Faulkner leads the team with 23 extra hits, including 12 Southland-leading homers to go along with 42 RBIs. The RBI total ranks fourth in the conference. Tyler Finke leads the team with 18 stolen bases, also ranking fourth in Southland. Rhett Rosevear (26) leads the nation in HBP and the Lions (89) rank fourth as a team.
Faulkner enters the weekend series third (32) on Southeastern’s career home run chart, one behind second-placed Jeremy Gross (1997-98). He is also fourth (40) in career HBP, behind Rosevear who sits in third place (41). Faulkner is also tied for fourth (148) in career RBI with Justin Boudreaux (2009-11) and Josh Cryer (2008-11). Finke (46) is 10 years oldand in career stolen bases.
reliever Gage Trahan is tied for eighth (7) in the single-season saves chart with Jeff Schallenberg (1994), Chris Franklin (2010), Dylan Hills (2013), and Kade Granier (2016).
Coached by former Houston Astro Lance Berkman, HBU swept a home conference series last weekend against UIW before dropping a non-conference contest Tuesday, 13-3, to No. 18-ranked Texas.
Brennan Bales (.313), Kevin Ortiz (.305), Austin Roccaforte (.290) and Parker Edwards (.287) are the Huskies’ top hitters. Edwards’ six home runs and 25 RBIs are the best in the ball club. Roccaforte leads the team with 10 stolen bases.
Southeastern ends the regular season on the road. Traveling to Baton Rouge, La., for a Tuesday matchup at No. 14-ranked LSU, then to Thibodaux, La., for a conference series, May 12-14, at Nicholls.
TICKET AND PARKING INFORMATION
Single tickets are on sale for the remainder of the regular season. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance to minimize queues on match days. South East students are encouraged to contact the box office prior to the game to reserve theirs in advance.
General admission tickets are $9 for adults and $6 for youth (ages 3-12). Students from the South East, with a university ID, and children under 2 years old are admitted free. Gameday parking is $5 per day for standard vehicles and $25 for RVs.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.LionSports.net/Tickets or by contacting the Southeastern Athletics box office at (985) 549-5466. Office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Friday. The Pat Kenelly Diamond box office at Alumni Field opens exactly one hour before the first scheduled pitch.
Southeastern uses mobile ticketing as its primary method of distributing tickets purchased online. Tickets will be available by text or email in PDF format for fans to download to their phone or print at home. Tickets can also be downloaded from Apple Wallet.
CLEAR BAG POLICY
Southeastern Athletics operates a clear bag policy for all ticketed events. The policy reflects the safety precautions required for entry to professional and collegiate sports venues across the country. For more information on the clear bag policy, go to www.LionSports.net/Clear.
The next episode of Inside Southeastern Baseball featuring matt riser, presented by For House Pizza and Beer Garden, is scheduled for Monday at 12 p.m. from the restaurant in downtown Hammond. Fans can listen to each broadcast online at www.LionSports.net/ListenLive and through the Lions Gameday Experience, MyTuner Radio or Mixlr apps. The MyTuner Radio application is compatible with the Apple CarPlay software available in most recent cars.
LIONS GAMEDAY EXPERIENCE APP
The Lions Gameday Experience app puts audio, stats, video, social media and more in the hands of fans. Attendees can also check in to earn reward points redeemable for Southeast-related prizes. Available for 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 alumni are encouraged to join the exclusive S Club, which is reserved for Southeast Sports Letter winners.
All Diamond Club and S Club (baseball) membership fees and donations are available for the exclusive use of the Southeast Baseball Program. Membership information is available by contacting the Lion Athletics Association at [email protected] or (985) 549-5091 or by visiting www.LionUp.com.
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