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Lions win extra-inning thriller in Riser's debut

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From SLU Athletics

RUSTON, La. –Brett Hoffman singled in a pair of runs in the 10th inning Friday asthe Southeastern Louisiana baseball team picked up a 4-2 win over LouisianaTech in Matt Riser's debut as the Lion's head coach at J.C. Love Field at PatPatterson Park.

Southeastern (1-0), which had led since the second batterof the game, had to fight off a ninth-inning comeback by Tech (0-1). TheBulldogs scratched across an unearned run with two outs to force the extraframe.

Freshman Jacob Seward, who had gone in to play centerfield in the ninth inning as a defensive replacement, scored the eventualgame-winning run after being hit by a pitch with one out in the 10thinning. Jesse Buratt singled with two outs and both runners took an extra base,putting a pair of runners in scoring position for Hoffman's heroics.

Mason Klotz (1-0) who had allowed an unearned run in theninth, pitch a perfect 10th to earn the win. Tech tied the game on abases-loaded walk following a pair of errors by Hoffman.

Southeastern's first run of the game was unearned aswell. Junior left fielder Kiko Thompson smacked a ball up the middle, off theglove of Bulldog starter Phil Maton, reaching on the error. Thompson then stolesecond, moving to third on a throwing error by catcher Tyler Qualls. Sophomorefirst baseman Jameson Fisher plated Thompson with a sacrifice fly to leftfield.

The Lions added a run in the third. Fisher singled withone out, moved to second when junior right fielder Andrew Godbold was hit by apitch and scored from second on junior catcher Sam Roberson's single to centerfield.

Tech's first run came on a solo home run by right fielderBre'shon Kimbell leading off the fifth inning against Lion starter AndroCutura.

Despite the no-decision, Cutura was impressive in seveninnings of work, allowing one run (earned) on six hits and one walk. The juniorright-hander fanned eight. Senior right-hander Dylan Hills fanned all threebatters he faced in the eighth, stranding an inherited runner.

The two teams return to the diamond for the second gamein the season-opening, three-game series Saturday at 3 p.m. Sophomore TateScioneaux is slated to get the start for the Lions.

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