HAMMOND — Southeastern Louisiana hitters took advantage of the Lamar pitching staff’s wildness Saturday in a 7-5 Southland Conference baseball victory.
Southeastern (22-10, 7-1) had seven hits, with no batter recording multiple hits, but took advantage of 10 walks, a pair of hit batters and nine wild pitches (two shy of the NCAA Division I record).
Lamar (23-9, 3-5) used eight pitchers, as starter Travis Moore last just one inning. Freshman Brett Brown replaced Moore and was the only pitcher to work more than one inning.
Jameson Fisher doubled to lead off the second against Moore, stole third on a pickoff attempt and scored on Sam Roberson’s single to right. After hitting Jesse Buratt, Brown entered the game for Lamar.
The Cardinals tied the score with an unearned run in the fourth.
Southeastern needed only two hits to score its next five runs. The Lions took a 3-1 lead in the fifth after Brown walked both Aaron Haag and Fisher with two outs. Roberson swung and missed at a third strike, but catcher Zach Luevanos couldn’t handle the ball in the dirt. Luevanos’ throw to first base was late, as Roberson reached, and the return throw to the plate from first baseman Brad Picha was was in the dirt and up the third-base line, allowing Haag to score from second. Another wild pitch scored Fisher.
Lamar quickly tied the score in the sixth with three hits.
Three more wild pitches in the sixth inning, by three different pitchers, aided the Lions in taking back the lead. Brett Hoffman singled to lead off the inning and moved to second on a wild pitch. Ladd Rhodes drew a one-out walk but was erased on a fielder’s choice that allowed Ben Hernandez to reach. Harry Slade singled up the middle to drive in Hoffman, and a pair of wild pitches moved Hernandez home from second. Slade was thrown out on a play at the plate to end the inning, saving a possible 10th wild pitch.
Leading 5-3, a couple of walks and three wild pitches allowed Roberson to score the eventual winning run in the seventh.
The Cardinals threatened in the ninth, loading the bases to put the potential tying run on base with no outs. But freshman left-hander Kyle Cedotal had a runner doubled off second after a spectacular diving catch in the left-center gap by Rhodes. After Aaron Olivas struck out, but reached on a wild pitch, Cedotal struck out Luevanos to end the game.
Brown and Tom Elsom were responsible for three wild pitches each, while Lance Warren (0-1), J.T. Autrey and Chase Angelle were each charged with one.
Freshman right-hander Tate Scioneaux (4-0) earned the win for the Lions, while Cedotal earned the first save of his career. Warren was charged with the loss.
Scioneaux retired the Lamar hitters in order during every inning except when the Cardinals scored in the fourth, sixth and ninth innings. Lamar’s nine hits were spread evenly among its three run-scoring innings.
Senior left-hander Jordan Hymel (4-2, 3.35) takes the mound at 1 p.m. Sunday for Southeastern. Lamar will counter with left-hander David Carver (4-2, 4.25).
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