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Lions drop wild home opener to LSU

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From SLU Athletics

HAMMOND, La. –No. 3-ranked LSU scored four runs in a wild sixth inning Thursday at PatKenelly Diamond at Alumni Field to defeat Southeastern Louisiana, 7-3, in frontof a stadium-record crowd of 3,747.

For the first five innings, starting pitchers Cody Glenn(1-0) and Sean Kennel (0-1) were locked into a 2-2 pitcher's duel.

Southeastern (2-2) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first. JacobWilliams and Jesse Buratt knocked back-to-back singles to open the bottom ofthe first for the Lions. After a sacrifice bunt by Jameson Fisher, rightfielder Andrew Godbold lined a single up the middle to score Williams.

LSU (4-0) answered with a pair of runs in the top of thesecond. Chris Chinea doubled to left with one out and scored on Tyler Moore'stwo-out double to right-center. Jared Foster plated Moore with a single toleft.

Kennel and Glenn settled in, holding the bats at bay overthe next few innings. Following a leadoff single in the third, Kennel retiredthe next nine batters he faced.

The Lions tied the game, 2-2, in the fifth. Gabe Woodsled off with a single up the middle, his second hit of the game, and moved upto second on a passed by Chinea, the LSU catcher. With one out, Williamsproduced his second single of the contest to drive in Woods.

As was the case earlier in the game, LSU respondedimmediately. Mark Laird drew a walk, the first issued by Kennel, to lead offthe top of the sixth. Ahead in the count, 1-2, Kennel plunked Alex Bregman toput a pair on base. Connor Hale followed with a single up the middle to loadthe bases.

Then, things got strange.

Kennel uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Laird to scorefrom third. Fisher chased the ball down at the backstop, but did not have aplay. Believing he had time, Fisher tossed the wet ball out of play. Bregmanthen scored from third, and Hale moved over to take his place, sparking alengthy discussion at the plate.

When the dust settled, Kennel rebounded to retire thenext two hitters, but the Tigers would eventually score four runs in theinnings for a 6-2 lead.

Southeastern pushed across its final run in the bottom ofthe sixth. Fisher, the last batter Glenn faced, was hit by a pitch. RelieverNate Fury walked Godbold, the first hitter he faced, before Kevin Carr laiddown a sacrifice bunt to move both runners into scoring position.

With two outs, Brett Hoffman chopped a grounder toBregman at short, but a high throw allowed Hoffman to reach and Fisher toscore.

Glenn picked up the win and Kennel, in his season debut,was saddled with the loss.

Southeastern returns to action Friday at 1 p.m. againstGeorge Washington, opening a three-game series with the Colonials.

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