From SLU Athletics
HAMMOND, La. – The Southeastern Louisiana University baseball team enjoyed its best game at the plate in almost two years as the Lions defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff Friday, 14-1, in the opener of a three-game series at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field.
Southeastern (12-6) pounded out 19 hits, including four doubles and a triple, en route to its biggest offensive explosion since a 15-4 Southland Conference victory over Nicholls State, May 8, 2011. All of the Southeastern starters recorded at least one hit.
After being held scoreless through the second inning, the Lions proceeded to score in each of the final six. Southeastern took the lead with two runs in the third before tacking on one in the fourth, four in the fifth, two each in the sixth and eighth, and three in the seventh, to polish off UAPB (5-12).
Junior third baseman Jesse Buratt, a native of Prairieville, La., was 4-for-5 with a double, a pair of RBIs and three runs scored, all career highs. Shortstop Ben Hernandez, a graduate of Zachary High School, tied career highs going 3-for-4 with a double, three RBIs and a pair of runs scored.
Jameson Fisher, Aaron Haag and Ladd Rhodes each picked up two hits for the Lions. Haag drove in three while Brett Hoffman drove in two runs with a fifth-inning double.
Despite the offensive explosion, Southeastern never sent more than eight hitters to the plate in any single inning.
Starter Sean Kennel (3-0) earned the win, with his only blemish being a second-inning, solo home run by Isias Alcantar. UAPB starter Jaron Gold (1-1) suffered the loss.
Freshman right-hander Tate Scioneaux (3-0, 2.55) is slated to start game two of the series for Southeastern. He will be opposed by right-hander Mickey Ramirez (1-2, 2.89) for the Golden Lions.
Baseball-themed bingo is available at Saturday's 2 p.m. game, with the first 20 fans to score five-in-a-row winning a prize.
The game can be heard in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9), on the internet through the Southeastern athletics website as well as on the KSLU iPhone and TuneIn Radio apps. Live stats, as well as a live video stream through LionVision, will be available. Links to audio, stats and video are located on the baseball schedule page at www.LionSports.net.