Monday, February 28, 2011

On Deck - Lions vs LSU

SLU Lions (6-1, 0-0) vs #7 LSU Tigers (7-0, 0-0)
Alex Box Stadium, Baton Rouge, LA
6:30 PM Tuesday March 1

ILB Players of the Week - Week 2

Joseph Koon

Inside Lions baseball has named Joseph Koon and the entire Lions lineup as the Players of the Week for week two of the 2011 season.

Cryer Selected as Candidate for Lowe's Senior Class Award

Josh Cryer
Josh Cryer is one of thirty college baseball players who have been selected as candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for his performance both on and off the field.  Cryer is one of three players selected with a perfect 4.0 grade point average.  The Leesville, LA native is a three time President of the SLU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, two time member of the CoSIDA Academic All-District VI team and Academic All-Southland Conference.

To be eligible for the award the student-athlete must be classified as a NCAA D-1 senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character, and competition.


CBD Mid-Major Poll Has Lions at Number Five

With their impressive 4-0 week, including winning the South Alabama Classic, the SLU Lions have jumped to number five in the College Baseball Daily Mid-Major poll.  Last week the Lions checked in at number 13, but after wins over Tulane, Alabama, Central Florida, and South Alabama SLU improved to 6-1 on the season and jumped into the top five.  Fresno State moved into the number one spot this week followed by TCU, College of Charleston, Wichita State, and SLU.


Lions Sweep Through South Alabama Classic

The Southeastern baseball team continued to stay hot as they beat South Alabama 6-4 on Sunday to capture the South Alabama Jaguar Classic championship and move to 6-1 on the season.  SLU finished strong, as they plated one run in 7th, 2 runs in the 8th, and one more in the 9th to seal the come from behind victory.  Junior SS Justin Boudreaux was named the tournament MVP.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Lions Roar Past Central Florida

It is Mardi Gras time down in New Orleans and the Southeastern baseball hit parade continues to roll, as the Lions beat Central Florida 7-2 running their record to 5-1 on the season.  For the third straight game the Lions pounded out at least 15 hits, as they collected 16 against one of the top pitching staffs in CUSA.  For the third straight game the Lions also had at least five players record multi hit games, as six Lions collected at least two hits on Saturday.  Leading the way was Justin Boudreaux with 4 hits, one being a two run home run in the 8th inning.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Lions Roll Over Tide

In game one of the South Alabama Classic the Southeastern Lions (4-1) racked up 15 hits and Brandon Efferson scattered seven hits over seven innings as the Lions defeated Alabama (4-1) 6-2.  Efferson who picked up his second win of the season recorded four strike outs.  Jason Greenleaf pitched two innings of scoreless relief.  Once again the SLU lineup continued to put pressure on an opponent.  Of the lions 15 hits, six went for extra bases, including Jeff Harkensee's 3rd home run of the season.  What is becoming a common theme, seven Lions recorded a multi hit game, lead by Jonathan Pace going 3-5.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Video: Behind the Scenes of SLU vs FIU Road Trip

Take a behind the scenes look at the Southeastern baseball team as they head to Miami, FL for their weekend series with Florida International. 


College Baseball Places to be This Weekend

In ESPN's college baseball weekend preview this morning they list the top 10 places to be this weekend.  The South Alabama Jaguar Classic in Mobile, AL is listed at number 10.  This is where the SLU Lions will be facing Alabama, Central Florida, and South Alabama.  Check out #10 and what ESPN/Eric Sorenson has to say by clicking the link below.


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

On Deck - Lions in the South Alabama Classic

SLU Lions (3-1, 0-0) vs #29 Alabama Crimson Tide (4-0, 0-0)
South Alabama Classic - Stanky Field, Mobile, AL
1:00 PM Friday February 25

SLU Lions (3-1, 0-0) vs Central Florida Knights (4-0, 0-0)
South Alabama Classic - Stanky Field, Mobile, AL
4:30 PM Saturday February 26

SLU Lions (3-1, 0-0) vs South Alabama Jaguars (4-0, 0-0)
South Alabama Classic - Stanky Field, Mobile, AL
2:30 PM Sunday February 27

"Inside Southeastern Baseball with Jay Artigues” to Air on Thursdays

The Lion Nation can tune in each week during the season to watch "Inside Southeastern Baseball with Jay Artigues, as the show will air each Thursday & Friday night at 7:30PM on Cox Sports Television, Florida Parishes Television, WSTY-TV, Pelican Sports HD, KPBN, and WHNO-TV (check your local listings for broadcast time in your area).

Lions Win Home Opener with Bashing of Tulane

"The Pat"...need we say more.  Lion Nation loves it and opponents fear it.  Just ask the Tulane Green Wave .  The Lions scored 13 runs in the first four innings on their way to a 13-1 win over Tulane as sophomore LHP Jordan Hymel had the Wave on lock down.  Hymel held Tulane to one run on three hits in his five innings of work picking up the win.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Hebert, Efferson Garner Honorable Mention Honors From SLC

Sophomore 2B Brock Hebert was named Southland Conference honorable mention Hitter of the Week and senior RHP Brandon Efferson was named honrable mention Pitcher of the Week for their performances over the weekend agianst Florida International.  The Lions took two out of three games on the road from Panthers.

From the Dugout With Tyler Watkins

Tyler Watkins...Final Out vs FIU (Photo by Getty Images/
To get an inside look at what it is like to be a member of the 2011 Southeastern Louisiana University baseball team, ILB has asked senior RHP Tyler Watkins to write a weekly journal giving the Lion Nation a behind the scenes look at one of the top programs in the Southland Conference. To read all of Tyler's weekly journals you can click on his picture on the left menu.

Here is journal #3 for the 2011 season.

Monday, February 21, 2011

On Deck - Lions vs Tulane


SLU Lions (2-1, 0-0) vs Tulane Green Wave (2-1, 0-0)
Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field ("The Pat"), Hammond, LA
6:00 PM Tuesday February 22

It is Gold Rush night at "The Pat" so wear your gold to show your Lion Pride!

ILB Players of the Week - Week 1


Inside Lions baseball has named Tyler Watkins, Brock Hebert and Cody Gougler as the Players of the Week for week one of the 2011 season.

Lions Win Series in Impressive Fashion

Sunday night in front of an ESPN audience the Southeastern Lions put on a display of what a complete team looks like.  What you saw were the Lions getting seven hits, drawing seven walks by forcing FIU pitchers into unfavorable counts, three batters were hit by pitches, two monster HR's, and they forced the Panther's into five errors.   And let's not forget the pitching gem senior RHP Tyler Watkins threw.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Lions Fall 8-3, Look to Clinch Series on Sunday

What began as the Garrett Wittels chasing history series has slowly developed into a heavyweight fight between two mid-majors showing the nation they are ready to play on the big stage.  After SLU landed a vicious right hook on Friday with a 10-2 win, the Panthers picked themselves up off of the canvas with a 8-2 win on Saturday to even the series.  The rubber match on Sunday is set for Sunday at 6:30.  The game can be seen on  As of Saturday evening ESPN was not sure if the game will be televised on ESPNU.

Lions Pound Panthers, Stop Streak

Good morning Lion Nation.  Let me first apologize for not getting an entry on the blog up this morning from the game last night.  But Scully's here in Miami was calling our name last night after the Lions 10-2 beat down over FIU. 

Friday, February 18, 2011

Take Me Out to the Ball Game!!!

Finally no more intra-squads.  No more pre-season conference previews.  No more rankings of any sort based on last year's finish and what players return.  And FINALLY no more looking at that damn countdown to opening day clock that has been running for about 185 days.  It is time to PLAY BALL!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Pefect Game Weighs in on the Southland

In what I think will be the final conference preview of the season, Kendall Rogers of Perfect Game gives his take on the Southland Conference.  Rogers picks the Lions to finish second to Texas State and list both as NCAA Regional contenders. 

ESPN's College Baseball Coverage Beefed Up

This season Eric Sorenson of College Baseball Today will pulling double duty as he will also be writing for ESPN. The world wide leader in sports is looking to beef up its college baseball coverage for the 2011 season. In addition to on-line columns by Sorenson ESPN will be televising 17 college baseball games this season, starting with coverage of the Southeastern Louisiana/Florida International series this weekend down in the MIA (Friday & Saturday on and Saturday on ESPNU).

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

On Deck - Lions vs Florida International


SLU Lions (0-0, 0-0) vs. Florida International Panthers (0-0, 0-0)
FIU Baseball Stadium, Miami, FL
Game 1:  6:00 PM (cst) Friday Feb 18
Game 2:  Noon (cst) Saturday Feb 19
Game 3:  6:30 PM (cst) Sunday Feb 20
TV:  Fri & Sat  Sun ESPNU

Monday, February 14, 2011

College Baseball Daily Previews the Southland Conference

As opening weekend nears all of the college baseball publications and websites are firing off their 2011 conference previews.  Today College Baseball Daily takes a look at the Southland Conference and gives their predicated order of finish.

Lions Ranked Among Top Mid-Majors

The Southeastern Lions were ranked among the top Mid-Major programs in the country when College Baseball Daily released their 2011 Mid-Major Preseason Top 25 poll this morning.  The Lions rolled in at number 17.  TCU, a College World Series participant last season, was the number 1 ranked Mid-Major.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Southeastern Baseball Under Jay Artigues

Southeastern Louisiana baseball under Jay Artigues has been like having All State as your insurance provider...It is in good hands!  Since arriving in Hammond in 2006, Artigues has led the Lions to some "first" in program history such as:  4 consecutive 30+ wins seasons, 3 consecutive trips to the Southland Conference tournament, and the schools first 40 win season.  In the SLC, Artigues is one of two coaches (Ty Harrington of Texas State) in the last 5 seasons to win 40 games and one of three coaches (Harrington & Jim Gilligan of Lamar) to win at least 30 games the last four seasons.

Inside Lions Baseball takes a look at Southeastern Baseball during the Jay Artigues Era.  Check it out.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Southeastern Baseball Hitting Facility Ground Breaking Ceremony (Feb. 9,...

Inside the Numbers - 2010

As we look forward to the 2011 baseball season, Inside Lions Baseball takes a statistical look back at the 2010 season.  Hence the Inside the Numbers feature.  This feature will be in a pdf file format from a service called Scribd.  Its pretty neat and allows you to view the material on-line and be able to easily print it out.

So lets go Inside the Numbers for the 2010 season.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Official Ground Breaking Set for Wednesday

Southeastern Baseball will officially break ground on their new Indoor Hitting Facility tomorrow morning (Wednesday Feb 9) at 10:00am behind the left field wall. Everyone is welcome to attend the groundbreaking and show their support for the Lions.

The Lion baseball program is very thankful for Mr. & Mrs. John Poteet, whose generous donation made this possible.

Let the mud slinging begin...

Monday, February 7, 2011

From the Dugout with Tyler Watkins - Journal #2

Tyler Watkins
To get an inside look at what it is like to be a member of the 2011 Southeastern Louisiana University baseball team, ILB has asked senior RHP Tyler Watkins to write a weekly journal giving the Lion Nation a behind the scenes look at one of the top programs in the Southland Conference. To read all of Tyler's weekly journals you can click on his picture on the left menu.

Here is journal #2 for the 2011 season.

2011 Southeastern Louisiana University Baseball Preseason Video

What are you doing February 18th??


With only 11 days remaining, it's not too late to be in that number!  Be in attendance when the Lions open the 2011 season against Florida International University in sunny Miami on February 18-20.  This is the biggest opening series in college baseball as FIU's Garrett Wittels vies to break Robin Ventura's 58 game hitting streak.  Reserve your tickets today by contacting the ticket office at 305-348-4263 or
Make the trip to support your Lions as they start their season in the spotlight!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Great Day to be a Lion

Bear Sparacino vs. Chris Franklin
  Sunshine.  Blue Sky.  And the ping of a well struck pearl.

The 2011 Lions faced off today against Team Alumni.  What a beautiful day to be at Alumni Field?!

And our Lions didn't disappoint; neither team!  The current guys posted 15 runs and terrific defense and pitching; while Team Alumni only plated one run but their efforts at the plate and in the field were amazing. The guys seemed to have a great time playing the game they all love and entertaining Lion baseball fans.

Veteran Lions Tag Newcomers

It was a packed ballroom as the 2011 team was introduced to the Lion Nation.  Senior Tyler Watkins called up the new additions and the veteran players anointed them with their coveted Lion for Life tags.  Watkins explained that whether you're a 1,2,3,4 or 5 year member of the ball club, to be part of the team means that you're a Lion for life!

Expectations are Great; Team Accepts Challenge

At the annual spring banquet, Coach Jay Artigues addressed the crowd and one thing he spoke of was the upcoming schedule.  He noted that it's a very challenging one and that his squad was mature and talented enough to face it head on.
It was obvious after listening to Artigues and senior speakers Cass Hargis & Josh Cryer, that the bar has definitely been raised within the Lions baseball program. This club is primed to set higher standards and bring a championship to the Lion Nation; and it seems that they won't accept anything less!
So I challenge you, Lion baseball fans, to show your support and pack THE PAT beginning with the home opener against Tulane on Tuesday, February 22 at 6pm

Go Green! Go Gold! GO LIONS

Friday, February 4, 2011

Alumni Game Still On

The Southeastern Louisiana University alumni game is still set for Saturday February 5.  First pitch is slated for noon.  The weather might be cool but the action will be hot as the 2011 Lions face off against Team Alumni.  The game is free and open to the public.

Lions Picked Top Cat in SLC by College Baseball Today

In his annual college baseball national preview, College Baseball Today's Eric Sorenson has picked the SLU Lions to win the the 2011 Southland Conference.  Defending conference champ Texas State is picked a close second.  Rounding out the top five are Stephen F. Austin, Northwestern State, and Sam Houston State.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

ILB Has Joined Facebook

Lion Nation you can follow Inside Lions Baseball on Facebook.  Be sure to visit and invite your friends to visit as we will be providing live in game updates once the season begins!

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Ground Breaking Ceremony Postponed

The ground breaking ceremony for the new hitting facility that was scheduled for February 3 has been postponed due to the weather forecasts.  A new date has not yet been set.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Pre-Season Banquet, Alumni Game Set for This Weekend

With a little over three weeks left before Southeastern throws out it's first pitch of the 2011 season against Florida International in Miami, FL (Feb 18-20), the Lions will be hosting their pre-season banquet and Alumni game this weekend February 4-5.

Cooking Club Slots Being Filled

The "Cooking Club", the sights & smells that are much appreicated by Lion players, is looking for groups who would like to cook for the Lions and the visiting team during home games under the big green tent down the right field line.  If you are interested or know of a group who would be interested, please contact Gary Sandifer at (985) 542-0483.  For those who do not wish to cook you can sponsor a cook. 

Get out to "The Pat" and support Lions Baseball.