From SLU Athletics
NEW ORLEANS, La. – Sean Kennel limited Tulane to a pair of runs through seven innings Tuesday and Southeastern Louisiana picked up its first win at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium in five years, 6-3.
Southeastern (12-8) stretched its winning streak to three games with a pair of three-run innings. The Lions chased Tulane starter Corey Merrill (0-1) with three runs in the third inning and knocked reliever Emerson Gibbs from the contest with three more in the eighth.
Merrill walked Jacob Seward, Kennon Menard and Kyle Cedotal back-to-back-to-back to open the third. Lion second baseman Jacob Williams followed with a line-drive single to center, plating Seward for the 1-0 lead. Following a pitcher-to-home-to-first double play, Andrew Godbold extended his hitting streak to eight games with a two-run single to right field.
Kennel (2-2) cruised through the first five innings, allowing just two hits and retiring the side in order three times. Tulane would touch him for a pair of runs in the sixth, one earned, on three hits. The right-hander bounced back to set the Green Wave (10-9) down in order in the seventh.
Entering the eighth with a one-run lead, the Lions picked up some insurance runs with two outs. Gibbs, who had allowed just one hit through five innings of relief work, battled wildness in the inning. He hit a batter and walked three (one intentionally) before exiting with the bases loaded and two outs. Daniel Midyett greeted reliever Andrew Garner with a two run single, pulling it past the first baseman, and Jacob Seward drove in the final run with a single to right.
Mason Klotz worked the final two innings for the Lions, allowing the Green Wave's final run in the eighth. In the ninth, he produced a line-drive double play to end the game with a runner at second base. Kennel earned the win while Merrill suffered the loss.
Head coach Matt Riser earned a win in his first head-to-head matchup with Rick Jones, his former college head coach. It was Southeastern first win against Tulane, in New Orleans, since a 5-3 victory on March 17, 2009.
The Lions travels to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for a three-game, Southland Conference series this weekend. Game times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday, as well as Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday. All three games will be broadcast on KSLU 90.9 FM.