The scoreboard at Lee-Hines Field didn’t show it, but the Southeastern Louisiana University baseball team picked up a much-needed, albeit bizarre victory in its Tuesday night contest against in-state rival Southern University.
Trailing 2-1 in the eighth inning, Southeastern put runners on first and second with no outs before both teams were ordered off the field due to a lightning delay. Nearly one hour later, Southeastern found itself on the positive end of a 9-0 forfeit win after Southern refused to return to the field.
Southeastern improved to 16-9 overall despite – committing a season-high tying six errors, collecting five hits and watching a 21-game hitting streak by Jonathan Pace come to an end. The third baseman, who was looking to tie Gavin Fingleson’s 22-game hitting streak in 1999, went 0-for-3 as he grounded out to second in the first inning before striking out in the third and sixth.
Trey Martin opened the eighth inning for the Lions when he was hit by a pitch by Southern starter Belfred Pryer before moving to second on a wild pitch. Brock Hebert then drew a walk that chased Pryer for reliever Zephan Rochelle.
Rochelle threw one pitch to Pace before home plate umpire Anthony DeRousselle ordered the teams off the field due to lightning north of the area. By 9:40 p.m., Southeastern was ready to resume play but the Jaguars failed to return to the field and the Lions were awarded the game.
Southern took a 1-0 lead in the second inning after taking advantage of a pair of Lion errors. Bryan Rowry drew a one-out walk from Southeastern starter Jordan Hymel before Kevin Williams hit into a fielder’s choice before advancing to second on a throwing error.
One batter later, Clint Ourso reached on an infield single and a second throwing error by the Lions allowed Williams to score to break a scoreless tie.
Southeastern tied the game in unorthodox fashion in the third after Pryer retired the first two batters of the inning. Martin drew a walk before Hebert attempted a bunt up the third base line.
Pryer fielded the ball and his throw to first sailed over Southern’s Frazier Hall, which allowed both runners to get into scoring position.
The Lions then attempted a double steal as Martin broke for home. Pryer’s throw to the plate was ahead of Martin, but the ball was knocked away from Ourso for an error allowing Southeastern to tie the game at 1-1.
Southern took a 2-1 lead in the fourth after Rowry led off the frame with a double and scored two batters later when Ourso reached on bunt single. The Jaguars loaded the bases with one out and chased Hymel before Southeastern reliever Jason Greenleaf fanned Taylor Roy and Hall to end the inning.
Greenleaf held the Jaguars hitless in 3.2 innings and fanned seven batters, including four straight and five of six. Josh Cryer led Southeastern at the plate going 2-for-3 and becoming the fifth player in school history to collect 200 career hits.
Southeastern will play host to UNO on Wednesday in a 6 p.m. game. The game can be heard in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the internet at www.LionSports.net.