SLU’s Hymel no-hits Texas Southern

HAMMOND — Southeastern Louisiana pitcher Jordan Hymel earned his first win of the season Sunday with a no-hitter in a 9-0 win over Texas Southern at Alumni Field.

The Lions completed the series sweep of Texas Southern (7-6) as Hymel bounced back from a rough outing in his previous start to throw the fourth no-hitter in Southeastern history. Hymel’s previous start was suspended mid-performance at LSU by rain and lightning.

Hymel’s no-hitter is the first for Southeastern since Blaine Roseberry and John Morton combined on a seven-inning no-hitter against Louisiana College in 1979. It is the first complete-game, nine-inning no-hitter for the Lions since Kenny Lehrmann completed the feat against Louisiana-Lafayette in 1976 and the first for Southeastern at the NCAA Division I level.

“Jordan was outstanding today,” SLU coach Jay Artigues said. “His fastball had a little run on it, and he struggled to command it because of that. He did a great job making some adjustments. Coach (Daniel) Latham did a great job of helping him tinker with a few things, and Jordan just took over from there.”

Hymel struck out three of the first four batters he faced. Tiger left fielder Ellis Stephney drew a one-out walk in the second inning, but by that point, Southeastern (8-2) had all the offense it needed.

Lion third baseman Jesse Buratt drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the first, and Aaron Haag parked his first home run of the season over the left-field scoreboard. The Southeastern first baseman went 3-for-4 with a walk and drove in seven runs. A bases-loaded double in the fourth scored three, and the former JUCO All-American added an RBI-double in the seventh. A misplayed fly ball in the eighth resulted in a fielder’s choice but drove home Brett Hoffman.

A pair of walks in the fifth broke a string of eight-in-a-row retired by Hymel, but the southpaw bounced back to sit down the next six.

The Lutcher graduate walked six and hit a batter but struck out seven en route to pitching his first career complete game. Hymel came within an out of throwing a complete game last season at home against UT-Arlington.

“I mostly concentrated on the guy at the plate, but I made it hard enough on myself,” Hymel said. “I just needed to throw strikes. As I got tired, my arm was lagging, and I’d throw balls. I’m just glad coach Artigues finally let me finish a game.”