Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Hills Hymel Hernandez Named Preseason All-SLC

Dylan Hills, Jordan Hymel, and Ben Hernandez were each named to the 2013 Preseason All-Southland Conference team the league announced on Wednesday. Hills was named to the first team and Hymel and Hernandez were named to the second team.  The teams were voted on by the league's head coaches.

Lions Picked 2nd in SLC Preseason Polls

The SLU Lions were picked to finish 2nd by a vote of both the league's coaches and sports information directors in the 2013 Southland Conference preseason polls, which were released Wednesday.  Sam Houston State, the defending SLC champs, were picked to win the conference in both polls.  In the coaches' poll the Bearkats received the maximum nine first place votes and 81 points.  SLU picked up the final first place vote from the coaches and 68 points.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Stitch-Head's 2013 Pre-Season Power Rankings

Wow!  Talk about an in-depth pre-season ranking.  Eric Sorenson with College Baseball Today introduces the most comprehensive pre-season ranking ever, as he ranks all 298 Division I baseball teams in the country with his College Baseball Today Top 298 Power Ranking.

Friday, January 25, 2013

College Sports Madness Recognizes Three Lions

College Sports Madness has named three SLU Lions to their 2013 preseason All-Southland Conference Team, which was released earlier this week.  Named to the 2nd team were 2012 SLC Freshman of the Year Andro Cutura, RHP Dylan Hills and OF Harry Slade.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Did You Know?

Did you know...Former Lions pitcher Kirk Bullinger was the 1992 Trans America Athletic Conference (now the Atlantic Sun) Tournament MVP.

Bullinger pitched one of the greatest games in program history, leading the Lions to a 11-0 win over Florida International in the opening round of the TAAC tournament.  The future major leaguer pitched a complete game shutout, surrendering only one hit and recording 10 strikeouts.  SLU would go on to win the 1992 TAAC championship and capture a berth in the Tuscon, AZ Regional.

His one hit performance is still a conference tournament record.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Southland Conference Celebrating 50 Years

This season the Southland Conference will be celebrating 50 years, as it was founded on March 15, 1963 at the Baker Hotel in Dallas, TX.  The conference will embark on a special commemoration of its 50th anniversary in 2013, as it celebrates a half century of academic achievement and competitive success.

2013 Baseball Tickets on Sale Now

Lion Nation if you are ready to Lion Up and watch the Greatest Show on Dirt you may want to contact the Southeastern Athletic Ticket Office to purchase your 2013 season tickets real soon so we can "Pack The Pat".  With a very attractive 25 game home schedule and major renovations completed at The Pat, the 2013 baseball season is going to be very exciting. 

Friday, January 18, 2013

Spring Banquet and Alumni Game Set

Lion Nation will get a chance to meet the 2013 Lions baseball team at the annual spring banquet, which is being held on Friday February 8th at Twelve Oaks on the Southeastern campus. The banquet is set to start at 7pm.  Individual tickets for the banquet are $30 and will allow fans an opportunity to meet and dine with the team.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Lions to Host Charity Car Wash

The SLU Lions baseball team will be hosting a charity car wash on Saturday January 19th at Gateway Ford located at 1133 Highway 51 in Ponchatoula.  All proceeds from the event, which starts at 10am, will benefit Restoration House.  Restoration House is a non-profit organization in Hammond dedicated to helping women and families.

Did You Know?

Did you know...As Jay Artigues enters his eighth season as the Lions skipper, his 240 wins ranks 9th on the Southland Conference All-Time Wins list.

Artigues, who is 240-164 in Hammond, can move into 6th place this season with 20 wins.  He would pass Smoke Laval of UL-Monroe (241), Tony Robichaux of McNeese State (244) and Lou St. Amant of UL-Monroe (260).

Texas-San Antonio's Sherman Corbett ranks 5th with 330 wins and the SLC All-Time leader is Lamar's Jim Gilligan with 1,196.  Only Gilligan is actively coaching in the SLC.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

2013 Lions Baseball Ready to Lion Up

The Southeastern Louisiana University baseball team will gather for the first time this spring when the players report to Hammond for a team meeting later this week. The team meeting will serve as a way for the players and coaches to refocus and pick up where they left off in the fall and begin their preparations for their journey through the 2013 season. A journey that the Lions want to end in late June in Omaha.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Clemson Coach Pushing for "Livelier" Baseball

With the majority of college baseball coaches now supporting the BBCOR bats that were mandated two season ago, the focus is now shifting to a livelier baseball.  The talk at the ABCA convention held last week in Chicago was the push by Jack Leggett, head coach at Clemson, to have college baseball use the same ball that is being used in the minor leagues.

Baseball America's Aaron Fitt takes an inside look at the push by Leggett to use a livelier baseball, along with the study that ABCA executive director Dave Keilitz has conducted.

Collegiate Baseball's Pre-Season Top 40

I know this poll was released back before the holidays but better late than never.  Collegiate Baseball Newspaper released it's 2013 College Baseball Pre-Season Poll and has the Arkansas Razorbacks as their number one team in the nation. 

The SLU Lions, coming off of their fourth consecutive 35 plus win season, received votes in the pre-season poll, along with Southland Conference members Sam Houston State and Oral Roberts.  Jay Artigues' Lions, coming of an appearance in the SLC title game, will face two teams ranked in the top 25 in LSU (#4) and Ole Miss (#25).  The Lions will also face five teams (Tulane, Alabama, South Alabama, Sam Houston & Oral Roberts) who received votes in the poll.

Collegiate Baseball's 2013 Pre-Season Poll

Is ESPN Leading the Way for College Baseball?

With the popularity of college baseball at an all-time high these days, much thanks should be given to the folks over at ESPN.  When the hardcore college baseball fans moaned that baseball needed more airtime they delivered with coverage of the Super Regionals, along with their annual showcase of the College World Series. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

It's Time to Start Cooking With the Lions

What better way to enjoy a day at The Pat than "Cookin’ with Lions Baseball".  It just doesn't get any better than that!

The Cooking Club, which has become a Lions Baseball tradition over the last seven years, is now beginning to reserve dates for the 2013 season.  If you or your group would like to show off SLU's great southern hospitality by cooking for the Lions and their opponent at home games, please contact Mr. Gary Sandifer at 985-542-0483 or the Lions Baseball office at 985-549-3566.  Cook dates do fill up quickly, so be sure to reserve your date now.  Each group or individual will be donating their time and funds to cook for both teams. This includes food, utensils and drinks.

It's time to Lion Up and support Lions Baseball!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Lions to Host High School Showcase Camp

The SLU Lions baseball coaching staff will be hosting a High School Showcase camp on Sunday January 20th at Alumni Field on the Southeastern campus.  The showcase, which is designed for the High School athlete who is interested in playing baseball on the collegiate level, starts at noon and runs until 5:30pm.  Several college coaches along with some MLB scouts have been invited to attend this pro style workout.

Cost of the camp is $100 if you register by January 10th.  After January 10th the costs is $120.  To register on-line please click the link below.

2013 Jay Artigues High School Showcase Registration