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.
Jay Artigues, who enters his 8th season in Hammond, is the second winningest coach in program history with a with a 240-164 record. Under his leadership the Lions have won 30 or more games in six consecutive seasons and 35 or more games the last four seasons.
The 2013 Lions return five position starters, three weekend starters, and the nucleus of their bullpen from a squad that finished 39-21 with an appearance in the Southland Conference Tournament title game. Led by SLC Freshman of the Year Andro Cutura, steady senior Jordan Hymel (who will be chasing the SLU all-time wins record) and the dynamite Dylan Hills the Lions pitching staff will be one of the best in the SLC. Add in one of the most talented recruiting classes in program history and the 2013 SLU Lions will be looking to make a serious run at a conference title and that all important berth in the NCAA tournament.
As the Lions move into year eight of the Artigues era, the expectations and excitement in Hammond, America are at an all time high. With the momentum from the 2012 season, a talented group of newcomers, and the excitement that was displayed by the Lions in the fall world series the 2013 edition of Lions Baseball is ready to Lion Up and start their journey on the road to Omaha.