From SLU Athletics
HAMMOND, La. – Lamar left-hander Jonathan Dziedzic kept hitters off balance for eight innings Friday as the Cardinals handed Southeastern Louisiana its first Southland Conference loss of the season, 6-2.
Southeastern Louisiana (21-10, 6-1 Southland) scratched across an unearned run in the first for an early lead, but managed just five hits off Dziedzic (4-1). The left-hander walked two, one intentionally, and fanned seven in earning the win.
Ladd Rhodes lined the first pitch Dziedzic threw in the game into left field for a base hit. Ben Hernandez pushed a sacrifice bunt back to the mound and Dziedzic threw to second, attempting to force Rhodes, but his throw glanced off the shortstop's glove for an error. After Harry Slade sacrificed both runners into scoring position, Lamar intentionally walked Sam Roberson to set up a force at any base, but the southpaw snapped off a wild pitch allowing Rhodes to score.
Lamar (23-8, 3-4 Southland) answered the Lions first-inning run with an unearned run of their own in the second. The Cardinals took the lead with a run in the fourth and tacked on two more in the fifth to chase Southeastern starter, and loser, Season Kennel (4-1).
The Lions scored a run in the fifth to claw back within a pair. Jesse Buratt singled through the left side and advanced to second on a ground out. Freshman center fielder Kyle Cedotal turned on a Dziedzic pitch and dumped a single into right, putting runners on the corners. Rhodes plated Buratt on a fielder's choice.
A 4-2 score was as close as Southeastern would get the rest of the game as the Cardinals added two runs in the seventh for the final margin of victory.
The series continues Saturday at 2 p.m. Freshman right-hander Tate Scioneaux (3-0, 2.89) draws the starting assignment for the Lions and he will be opposed by left-hander Travis Moore (1-0, 4.40), also a freshman.
Baseball-themed bingo is available at Saturday's game with the first 20 fans to score five-in-a-row winning a prize. Saturday is also Family Day with special $4 tickets (per person) available for all families. In conjunction with Family Day activities, the baseball program and the Southeastern Alumni Association will host the annual baseball reunion.
Former Lion players will be honored on the field prior to the game, with special recognition given to the father-son and brother combinations that have been a part of Southeastern baseball history.
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 (subscription required), will be available. Links to audio, stats and video are located on the baseball schedule page at www.LionSports.net.