From SLU Athletics
HAMMOND, La. – The Southeastern Louisiana baseball team dropped a tight game to the No. 12-ranked Ole Miss Rebels Tuesday, 2-1, in the opener of a two-game series at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field.
Southeastern (9-6) took the lead first, getting out in front with a run in the bottom of the third inning. Second baseman Brooks Morse drew a walk from Ole Miss lefty Jeremy Massie (1-1) to lead off the inning. After stealing second base, he moved to third on Kevin Carr's infield single. Center fielder Jacob Seward drove in Morse on a fielder's choice grounder to shortstop.
Ole Miss (15-2) answered almost immediately, tying the game with a single run in the fourth. Sean Kennel (1-2) hit Austin Anderson with a pitch leading off the inning. Will Allen, Sikes Orvis and Preston Overbey produced back-to-back-to-back singles, moving station-to-station, to eventually plate Anderson.
Kennel then induced Brantley Bell into a fielder's choice grounder to third, with Brett Hoffman throwing home to get the lead runner. With one out, Rebel catcher Austin Knight grounder into a 6-4-3 double play to end the fourth.
The Rebels threatened in the fifth, but Kennel once again pitched around the trouble.
In the sixth, however, Orvis turned on a pitch and snuck it inside the right field foul pole for his third home run of the season. It gave Ole Miss a 2-1 lead and three Rebel relievers combined to work around Southeastern's attempts to tie the game.
Massie picked up the win and freshman left-hander Wyatt Short picked up his first save of the season. Kennel took the loss for the Lions.
Sophomore left-hander Kyle Cedotal (0-1, 0.00) earns the start for the Lions in the 4 p.m. series finale Wednesday, drawing freshman southpaw Evan Anderson (0-0, 3.38) for the Rebels.
It is another Cane's Challenge game. If the Lions score five or more runs in either game, fans presenting their ticket stub (or student coupon), and purchasing a combo at a participating Raising Cane's, will receive a free combo of equal or lesser value (through the following day).
Advance tickets for all home baseball games are available through www.LionSports.net or by contacting the Southeastern Athletics Ticket Office at (985) 549-5466 or 1-866-LION-TIX. Ticket office hours are 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Fridays, and is located in Room 107 of the Dugas Center for Southeastern Athletics.
Fans can keep up with the contest through live statistics or by following SLUathletics on Twitter. Streaming video is available on LionVision, Southeastern's subscription-based video stream, for both games. Links for tickets, stats and video are available on the baseball schedule page at www.LionSports.net.