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Southeastern defeats No. 14-ranked LSU, 5-4 in Hammond

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Southeastern defeats No. 14-ranked LSU, 5-4 in Hammond
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana jumped out in front by five runs over No. 14-ranked LSU, holding on for a 5-4 win Wednesday over the Tigers at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field.

Carlisle Koestler (2-0) kept the LSU (5-4) bats in check until Southeastern (6-3) was able to break open the game in the third inning.

Cody Grosse ripped a one-out double into the left-center field gap, coming around to score on Mike Taylor’s two-out single through the right side. Drew Avans, a senior from Alabaster, Alabama, followed with a two-run homer to right-center field off reliever Todd Petersen (0-3), putting the Lions up 3-0.

As Koestler mowed down hitters, Southeastern added to its lead in the fifth.

After the redshirt junior Vicksburg, Mississippi, fanned the side in the top of the inning, Avans responded with another clutch, two-out hit in the bottom of the inning. The double into the gap in right-center drove in a pair.

Koestler had retired nine-consecutive batters, and 14 of the last 15, when Jake Slaughter pulled a one-out single through the left side in the seventh. After Brandt Broussard singled and Hal Hughes drew a walk to load the bases, Slaughter scored from third on Daniel Cabrera’s sacrifice fly to center field.

In the eighth, reliever Trey Shaffer hit back-to-back batters with two out before surrendering a three-run home run to left-center off the bat of Slaughter.

Will Warren, a freshman from Brandon, Mississippi, retired the final batter of the inning, holding LSU at 5-4.

In the ninth, Warren surrendered a leadoff single and a walk before getting a ground ball to shortstop. The groundout advanced both runners into scoring position.

After intentionally walking Antoine Duplantis to load the bases and set up a force, head coach Matt Riser brought in reliever Bryce Tassin. The redshirt sophomore from Walker, Louisiana, induced a 4-6-3, double-play ball off the bat of cleanup hitter Hunter Feduccia to end the game.

Koestler earned the win, allowing one run in seven innings. A weekend starter for the Lions last season, he scattered five hits and two walks, striking out six.

“That’s back-to-back outings he’s just been lights out,” Riser said. “Obviously he’ll be back in the weekend rotation when we get back in conference play, but I’m proud of the young man. He didn’t complain or have any excuses or question why we’re doing what we’re doing. He just did a good job of embracing it and that’s why he’s having so much success.”

Tassin picked up his second save of the season, producing in an early-season pressure situation.

Petersen was tagged with the loss, allowing three runs on four hits in his two-inning stint.

Avans (2-for-3) led Southeastern at the plate, driving in four. Brennan Breaud (2-for-4) and Grosse (2-for-4) also turned in multiple hits.

The win snapped a 12-game skid for the Lions against LSU. Southeastern last defeated the Tigers, 6-3, on March 11, 2008, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Lions last win at home against LSU, a 9-8 decision, came on March 17, 1988.

Having wrapped up its season-opening, nine-game homestand, Southeastern hits the road for Baton Rouge this weekend, where the Lions will face Sacred Heart Friday at 1 p.m., Toledo Saturday at 1 p.m. and LSU once again Sunday at 3 p.m. All three games will be played at LSU’s Alex Box Stadium.

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