SLU headed down to New Orleans for its first road game of the season and suffered their first loss of the season, as Tulane defeated the Lions 5-3. The Lions bounced back nicely picking up two wins against a quality BYU team 4-1 on Friday afternoon and 3-2 on Saturday afternoon. In a game resumed from Friday night due to rain, the Lions took one on the chin Sunday losing to #2 LSU 13-1. The Lions move to 5-2 on the year and will not play any mid-week games this week. They will be back in action this weekend, as they host Texas Southern.
Last Week: 2-2
2/19/13 - at Tulane - L5-3
2/22/13 - BYU in Baton Rouge - W4-1
2/22/13 - at LSU - L13-1
2/23/13 - BYU in Baton Rouge - W3-2
Streaking - Senior OF Harry Slade continued his hot hitting, as he has hit safely in all seven games this season. Slade's streak of consecutive multi-hit games ended at five when he went 1-3 in the Lions 3-2 victory over BYU on Saturday.
Climbing the Charts - With the Lions two wins over BYU this weekend Jay Artigues moved into 7th place on the Southland Conference All-Time Wins list, passing former McNeese State coach Tony Robichaux (now with UL-Lafayette) with 245 wins. Artigues needs 16 more wins to pass Lou St. Amant of UL-Monroe.
The Setup Man - Junior setup man Dylan Hills continues to be the best in the business. In three appearances this season Hills has picked up a win and a save, as he sports a 0.00 ERA over 5.1 innings with 4 strike outs. Opponents are only hitting .188 off of him.
Earning Their Stripes - Freshmen pitchers Kyle Cedotal and Tate Scioneaux are making an impact in the Lions rotation. Cedotal has shown great poise in his three appearances. After giving up a single, a double and issuing a walk to load the bases in the 1st inning of his first career start at Tulane, the Denham Springs HS product proceeded to retire the next 14 batters his faced. In a solid performance Cedotal suffered the loss, as he gave up three runs on four hits over 5.1 innings. Scioneaux continues to impress in the Lions Sunday starter role. In his second career start he held in check a quality BYU lineup that put up nine runs on nine hits against the #2 ranked LSU Tigers later that night. The Riverside Academy product earned the win, going 7.1 innings surrendering one run on four hits and fanning seven Cougars.
Cougars locked up in the Kennel - Junior RHP Sean Kennel found himself in the middle of a pitchers duel in the Lions 4-1 win over BYU, as the game remained scoreless until the 8th inning. The Slidell, LA native scattered nine hits over 7.1 innings, limiting the Cougars to only one run and striking out five. Kennel has a 1.38 ERA on the season.
Take One for the Team - The Hit by Pitch has become a trademark of Lions baseball over the last eight years and the 2013 team is carrying on the tradition. The Lions have been hit by at least one pitch in each of their seven games this season. On the year SLU has 13 HBP's.
Leader Board - After two weeks of play Harry Slade leads the SLC in hitting (.500) and stolen bases (5), ranks 4th in OBP (.517), and 4th in hits (13). Jameson Fisher is tops in the league with four hit by pitches and Corey Bryan ranks 2nd with three. Sean Kennel ranks 9th in the SLC with a 1.38 ERA as Tate Scioneaux sits at 6th with 13 strike outs. Scioneaux's two wins and John Gremillion's two saves are tied for the conference lead.
3/1/13 - Texas Southern - 6pm
3/2/13 - Texas Southern - 2pm
3/3/13 - Texas Southern - 1pm