Southeastern, UL-Lafayette baseball teams meet

HAMMOND — The Southeastern Louisiana University baseball team returns home Tuesday to host Louisiana-Lafayette at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field.

First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Southeastern (18-7) is coming off a weekend sweep of Northwestern State in a three-game Southland Conference series. The Lions have won seven of their last eight and the last nine in the series against UL-Lafayette (17-6).

Right fielder Harry Slade leads Southeastern at the plate with a .355 average, sixth-best in the Southland. Slade and third baseman Jesse Buratt lead the club with six doubles. Jameson Fisher, Aaron Haag, Tanner Rainey, Sam Roberson and Slade have each hit one home run.

Slade also leads the team with 22 RBIs and has swiped a team-best eight bases in 12 attempts.

The Lions will start senior right-hander Kaleb Manuel (2-1, 5.02 ERA) against UL-Lafayette. A native of Mamou, Manuel is coming off the first complete game of his career at Jackson State. The Cajuns are expected to counter with junior right-hander Chase Traffica (2-1, 6.75).

UL-Lafayette was swept in a three-game, Sun Belt Conference series at Middle Tennessee this past weekend.

Tyler Girouard (.439), Blake Trahan (.347) and Dex Kjerstad (.338) lead the Cajuns, who are hitting .306 as a team.

Caleb Adams has a team-best six home runs and 18 RBIs.

Trahan and Jace Conrad have each stolen five bases. ULL is hitting .306 as a team.

Girouard has an eight-game hitting streak, and has hit .463 in March (19 of 41) with 12 runs and 15 RBIs for the Cajuns, who are in the midst of a seven-game road trip.

Notes

The Cajuns lead the series 57-46. ... ULL has a 3-1 record in midweek games, with all three wins all coming against Louisiana schools (Northwestern State, LSU, Nicholls State and Southern). ... The Cajuns travel to Nashville, Tenn., this weekend to take on Western Kentucky for a three-game Sun Belt series. ... Southeastern returns to action at 6 p.m. Thursday against Nicholls State at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field. It is the opener of a split, three-game, Southland series. ... ULL’s 21 home runs so far this season have already surpassed the total hit in 2012 of 18. ... It’s Dinner at the Diamond night for Southeastern Louisiana students. Free food will be provided for the first 200 Southeastern students through the gates. ... The game can be heard on KPEL-AM, 1420 in Lafayette or KSLU-FM, 90.9 in Hammond. ... Live stats are available at www.Ragin
Cajuns.com.