HAMMOND — Southeastern Louisiana senior Harry Slade drove a two-run homer over the right-field wall in the ninth inning Saturday, giving the Lions a 4-3 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field.
Southeastern (13-6), which won the first game of the series 14-1, never led until the final swing of the game. Even with the wind blowing out and a pair of SLU home runs, the game decidedly favored the pitchers.
Mikey Ramirez (1-3) went the distance for UAB
(5-13), allowing three runs in the ninth to take the loss. Southeastern starter Tate Scioneaux allowed just one earned run in 6.1 innings, while Mason Klotz (2-0) earned the win with 2.2 scoreless innings in relief.
The Lions committed three costly errors that led to a pair of unearned runs for UAPB. The first run came in the second when Slade dropped a two-out fly ball, allowing Dwayne Hysmith to score from second base.
The Golden Lions added another unearned run in fifth. The Nos. 8 and 9 hitters each reached on errors by Southeastern third baseman Jesse Buratt, with Jacob Whitney scoring from second on a Patrick Phillips RBI single to left-center.
Southeastern cut the lead in half in the bottom of the inning as freshman catcher Jameson Fisher cranked the first home run of his career.
The Golden Lions pushed across their final run in the seventh. Mike Wieland drew a lead-off walk from Scioneaux and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Southeastern coach Jay Artigues brought in Klotz to face Cody De Mera. The second baseman singled, putting runners on the corners for Whitney.
Whitney pushed a sacrifice bunt to the first-base side of the diamond and Aaron Haag’s throw home skipped to Fisher, who was unable to hang on for the tag.
Ramirez kept the Lions hitters off balance for the bulk of the game with a combination of off-speed pitches, and Southeastern headed to the bottom of the ninth trailing 3-1.
Leading off, senior shortstop Ben Hernandez hit a ball to right that dropped in for a double when right fielder Mike Ludwig lost the ball in the sun. Ladd Rhodes followed up by punching a base hit through the left side, putting runners on the corners with nobody out.
Buratt lofted a sacrifice fly to right, driving home Hernandez to bring the Lions within one and setting up Slade’s big homer.
The teams finish their series at 1 p.m. Sunday. Senior left-hander Jordan Hymel (1-2, 4.16) will start for the Lions, who go for the series sweep. He will be opposed by UAPB’s Jim Ploeger (2-2, 4.07), also a left-hander.