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Southeastern, McNeese State renew Southland rivalry

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From SLU Athletics

LAKE CHARLES, La. – The Southeastern Louisiana University baseball team wraps up the regular season Thursday through Saturday in a three-game, Southland Conference series at McNeese State. First pitch for the opener is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Cowboy Diamond.

Southeastern (31-21, 14-10 Southland) enters the weekend tied with Oral Roberts and Stephen F. Austin, three games behind the first-place Bearkats and one behind Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, in the conference standings. McNeese State (22-27, 9-15 Southland) is in eighth, one game ahead of Nicholls State.

All three games in the series 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, courtesy McNeese, will be available. Links to audio and stats are located on the baseball schedule page at www.LionSports.net. Mobile links are available at www.LionSports.net/mobile.

The Lions snapped a season-high, four-game losing streak this past Sunday with a 5-1 win over No. 28-ranked Sam Houston State behind the complete-game pitching effort of senior Kaleb Manuel.

Jameson Fisher (.316), Ben Hernandez (.312) and Harry Slade (.309) lead Southeastern at the plate. Fisher leads the team with 11 doubles while he and Arron Haag have each hit a team-high three home runs. Slade leads the team with 34 RBIs and 12 stolen bases.

Southeastern will send sophomore right-hander Andro Čutura (1-3, 3.94) to the hill in the opener against Cowboy senior right-hander Blake Ware (5-5, 2.32).

Friday, a pair of freshman will matchup as Lion right-hander Tate Scioneaux (6-2, 3.72) draws McNeese righty Bryce Kingsley (7-5, 2.73). The game, originally scheduled for the afternoon, has been pushed back to a 6:30 p.m. start time.

Southeastern has not announced a starting pitcher for the 1 p.m. Saturday finale, but the Cowboys will start senior left-hander Jason Gibson (3-1, 4.94).

McNeese is led at the plate by Jackson Gooch. The junior from Delta, British Columbia, Canada, is hitting .301 with 14 doubles, five home runs and 33 RBIs. Andrew Guillotte has stolen a team-high 15 bases in 21 attempts.

The Southland Conference Tournament is scheduled for May 22-25 at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas. Southeastern, which has clinched a spot, could be seeded anywhere from second to seventh depending on this weekend's action. McNeese is battling Nicholls for the final spot.

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