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Lions travel to Baton Rouge for round-robin series

Lions travel to Baton Rouge for round-robin series
Posted: Mar 1, 2018
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BATON ROUGE, La. – Southeastern Louisiana hits the road for the first time this season, traveling to Baton Rouge for a three-game, round-robin series with Sacred Heart, Toledo and host LSU this weekend.

The weekend opener against Sacred Heart (1-2) has been pushed up an hour from the original schedule and is now slated for a 1 p.m. first pitch. Saturday the Lions (6-3) square off against Toledo (2-5), also at 1 p.m., and then face a rematch with No. 14-ranked LSU (5-4) at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Southeastern's first two games, against Sacred Heart and Toledo, feature free admission.

Friday's weekend opener and Sunday's finale can be heard in the Hammond, Louisiana, area on KSLU 90.9 FM, and worldwide online or through the TuneIn Radio app (search for KSLU). Fans can keep up with all three Lion games through live statistics or by following @SLUathletics on Twitter.

Sunday's game, carried by the SEC Network+, can be viewed online and through the WatchESPN app.

Links for audio, video and stats are available on the baseball schedule page at www.LionSports.net.

The Lions will send senior right-hander Josh Green (2-0, 3.00) to the mound opposite Sacred Heart sophomore right-hander Brent Teller (1-0, 2.57) at 1 p.m. Friday.

Junior righty Mason Knopp (0-1, 5.91) gets the starting nod Saturday at 1 p.m. versus Rocket sophomore right-hander Layne Schnitz-Paxton (0-1, 7.56).

Lion redshirt junior right-hander Kade Granier (1-0, 0.00) opposes LSU freshman righty AJ Labas, who makes his collegiate debut, Sunday at 3 p.m.

Southeastern is coming off a 5-4 victory Wednesday over LSU.

Mike Taylor (.382), Cody Grosse (.378), Daniel Wasinger (.333), Kyle Schimpf (.320) and Taylor Schwaner (.314) pace Southeastern's offensive attack. Bryce Steckler has a smacked a team-high two home runs and Taylor leads the team with 10 RBI. Drew Avans and Cody Grosse rank fifth nationally with seven stolen bases each.

As a team, the Lions are hitting .292, with 13 doubles, two triples and five home runs. Their 39 stolen bases lead the nation. Southeastern's pitching staff has compiled a 3.33 ERA, fanning 83 batters through 81 innings of work. Opponents are hitting .233 off Lion pitching.

Sacred Heart defeated Norfolk State, 9-4, in its opener before dropping back-to-back games to Stony Brook and Iona this past weekend.

Dan Schock (.500), Kyle Oliver (.385) and Anthony Capozziello (.357) lead the Pioneers at the plate. Schock has hit the team's only home run and driven in a team-high five runs.

The Pioneers are hitting .319 as a team, with nine doubles, one triple, one home run and four stolen bases. Sacred Heart pitching has combined for a 4.28 ERA, fanning 26 batters in 27.1 innings. Opponents are hitting. 276 off Pioneer hurlers.

Toledo was swept in a three-game series this past weekend at Austin Peay.

Matt Hansen (.345), Zach Schwartzenberger (.333) and Dalton Bollinger (.333) are the Rockets top hitters. Hansen, Adolph Ross and Brad Boss have each hit a pair of home runs. Ross has driven in a team-high six.

The Rockets are hitting .268 collectively, with 13 doubles, one triple, nine home runs and three stolen bases. Toledo pitchers have compiled an 8.40 ERA, striking out 53 batters in 60 innings of work. Opponents are hitting .318 off Rocket pitching.

Brandt Broussard (.406), Beau Jordan (.400) and Hal Hughes (.381) are LSU's leading hitters. Beau and Bryce Jordan have each hit a pair of home runs, while Broussard and Bryce Jordan have each driven in a team-high 10 runs.

LSU is hitting .300 collectively, with 18 doubles, three triples, nine home runs and eight stolen bases. The Tiger pitching staff has combined for a 6.53 ERA, fanning 81 batters in 80 innings. Opponents are hitting .298 off LSU pitching this season.

Following the round-robin series, Southeastern returns home Tuesday to host Toledo at 6 p.m. at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field.
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