From SLU Athletics
HAMMOND, La. – With a runner aboard, Louisiana-Lafayette first baseman Chase Compton hit his third home run of the season Tuesday as the No. 2-ranked Ragin' Cajuns rallied with two outs in the ninth inning for a 6-5 win over Southeastern Louisiana at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field.
Southeastern (27-18) entered the ninth leading, 5-4, following a three-run rally of its own in the eighth.
Trailing 4-2 in the eighth, Brett Hoffman doubled down the left-field line with one out to jump start the offense. Earlier, Hoffman led off the sixth with the first home run of his career, a solo shot to right.
Daniel Midyett followed up Hoffman's extra-base hit with a single up the middle, putting runners on the corners. Sam Roberson, who was 0-for-3 at the plate coming into this at bat, singled to right on a hit and run, driving in Hoffman and sending Midyett around to third base.
The Lions tied the game on a delayed, double steal with Midyett swiping home as ULL tried to nab Roberson at second. Kyle Cedotal kept the inning rolling with a single just over the outstretched glove of the second baseman, Southeastern's fourth-consecutive hit, putting runners on the corners once again. Kennon Menard gave the Lions the lead with a ground out to second, scoring Roberson.
ULL (40-6) took advantage of a Lion error to start the ninth. Seth Harrison, leading off the inning, reached on a misplayed ball by second baseman Brooks Morse. Though eventually erased on a fielder's choice, the error kept the inning alive for Compton's two-out homer down the right-field line off Dylan Hills (3-3).
In the bottom of the ninth, Southeastern refused to go quietly. Jacob Seward drew a walk from reliever Ryan Wilson to lead off the inning and then moved up to second on a wild pitch. Andrew Godbold drew a one out walk, putting the potential winning run aboard, but Hoffman grounded into a double play to end the game.
ULL reliever Greg Milhorn (5-2) earned the win, despite originally surrendering the lead in the eighth, and Wilson earned his fourth save of the season with a scoreless ninth. Hills suffered the loss.
Southeastern has dropped five-consecutive games for the first time since the 2007 season. The Lions lost six straight from March 25-April 1 of that season.
ULL is tentatively scheduled to give freshman right-hander Reagan Bazar (3-0, 1.80) the first start of his career in Wednesday's 6 p.m. contest at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field in Lafayette, La. Southeastern will counter with sophomore right-hander Gabe Von Rosenberg (1-0, 3.60).
The game can be heard in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM, online and either the KSLU or TuneIn Radio smartphone apps. 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. Links for audio, stats and video are available on the baseball schedule page at www.LionSports.net.