LSU-Eunice squares off with BRCC; Southeastern faces Nicholls

Last weekend, Baton Rouge Community College broke a mini-slump in a big way, winning two of three games at powerful Delgado to open their Miss-Lou Conference baseball schedule.

This week, for the Bears, things don’t get any easier.

They face LSU-Eunice, the No. 1-ranked team in NJCAA Division II.

The teams begin a three-game series at 6 p.m. Thursday at Pete Goldsby Field. They’ll head to Eunice for the second game at 6 p.m. Friday, then return to Goldsby to finish the series at 3 p.m. Saturday.

The Bengals (29-3) are coming off back-to-back wins against Galveston College.

After a 13-12 win Tuesday, they got a strong effort from pitcher Gerry Gonzales in a 5-3 win Wednesday afternoon.

Gonzales threw eight innings, allowing five hits and three runs while striking out four batters.

Landon Thibodeaux and Dalton DeLeon each notched two hits to help pace the offense, as Stefan Trosclair, Garrett Deschamp, Buddy McCoy and Ray Veit each tallied a hit each.

BRCC (19-20), meanwhile, took a four-game losing streak into last weekend’s series at Delgado, the 11th-ranked team in NJCAA Division I.

But the Bears won the first game 1-0 behind a sterling performance from pitcher Jared Keating.

They lost 4-0 in the second game, but bounced back to win the series finale 6-1.

Lions face Colonels in SLC

HAMMOND — Southeastern Louisiana hosts Nicholls State in the opener of a three-game, split Southland Conference baseball series at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Friday, Southeastern (18-8, 3-0) and Nicholls (14-12, 1-2) will travel to Thibodaux, where the Colonels will host the middle game of the series. The series finale returns to Southeastern’s campus at 1 p.m. Saturday.

After sweeping Northwestern State to open conference play this past weekend, Southeastern dropped a 9-6 decision to Louisiana-Lafayette on Tuesday.

The Lions have won seven of their last nine games overall.

Senior right fielder Harry Slade continues to lead Southeastern at the plate with a .354 average. Freshman catcher Jameson Fisher, junior third baseman Jesse Buratt and Slade lead the club with six doubles. Five players, including Aaron Haag, Fisher, Tanner Rainey, Sam Roberson and Slade have each hit one home run. Slade leads the team with 23 runs batted in, second-best in the Southland, and eight stolen bases.

Southeastern will send junior right-hander Sean Kennel (4-0, 1.74), the Southland’s ERA leader, to the hill against Colonel right-hander Mike Suk (1-2, 3.10) in the opener. Friday, Lion freshman right-hander Tate Scioneaux (3-0, 3.18) draws senior right-hander Kory Delange (4-2, 2.97). Senior left-hander Jordan Hymel (3-2, 3.03) draws the starting nod for Southeastern in the Saturday finale and will be opposed by junior southpaw Taylor Byrd (4-1, 2.92).