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Southeastern opens preparations for 2019 baseball season

Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2019 | Views: 986

Southeastern opens preparations for 2019 baseball season


HAMMOND, La. –
 The Southeastern Louisiana baseball squad begins preseason practice Friday at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field in preparation for its 2019 season.
 
Intrasquad games for the first weekend are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Friday, 3:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. All practices leading up to the Feb. 15 season opener against Louisiana Tech are open to the public.


“We talked in exit meetings this past fall about how important the six weeks on their own over Christmas break would be,” Riser said. “We now have three weeks before the season starts. If they didn’t come back prepared, there wouldn’t be enough time to catch up. I’m really pleased with what I’ve seen so far in group work.”

 

The Lions return 21 lettermen, including All-Conference players Corey Gaconi, Cody Grosse and Carlisle Koestler, and three redshirts off last season's 37-22 squad. Joining them are 13 newcomers, seven of which are transfers. A veteran team, the Lions have 16 seniors in camp.

 

“We know pitching is going to be our strength,” Riser said. “There are a lot of veterans. We lost Josh Green, but with Gaconi and Koestler returning, we have a pair of All-Conference players to slot into the rotation. One spot is still open there, but we feel like we have four or five guys battling for it. It could remain a revolving door just for the sake of matchups. The outfield is also pretty much wide-open. 

 

The schedule includes 23 games against teams that finished in the RPI Top-100 last season. That level of competition has allowed Southeastern to establish a school record for attendance each of the last four years. In 2018, more than 43,000 (1,317 per game average) fans attended games at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field.
 
Southeastern will play more than 50 percent of its games on the road 2019. The Lions have 21 games against in-state competition, 11 games against NCAA postseason participants, nine games against Sun Belt Conference foes, seven non-conference games against schools from Top-5 RPI conferences and five games at Power 5 schools.

 

Next weekend, the Lions host the annual First Pitch Banquet and alumni game. First pitch for the alumni game is slated for Saturday, Feb. 2, at 11 a.m. Admission to the scrimmage, which features Southeastern baseball alumni squaring off against the 2019 team at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field, is free.

 

Baseball alumni wishing to participate in the game are asked to RSVP through associate head coach Andrew Gipson in the baseball office at (985) 549-5130.

 

FIRST PITCH BANQUET

Scheduled for Friday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m., the banquet is at Le Fleur De Lis Reception Hall (111 N. Sixth St.) in Ponchatoula, Louisiana. The event includes dinner, a cash bar, silent auction, raffle and a cash drawdown.
 
Individual seats are $100 and include a raffle book and one drawdown ticket. Reserved tables (eight seats per table) are available for $1000 and includes a raffle book, eight drawdown tickets and banquet recognition.

Banquet tickets are available online at www.LionSports.net/FirstPitchBanquet. For further information, contact the Lion Athletics Association at (985) 549-5091 or email laa@southeastern.edu. All proceeds from the event benefit the Southeastern baseball program.

 

SEASON TICKETS

Pricing for baseball season tickets includes $279 for box seats, $128 for reserved seats and $103 for general admission. A family plan that includes two adult and two youth (ages 3-12) general admission tickets is available for $206.
 
A 27-game home slate at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field includes home series against Southland Conference regular-season champion Sam Houston State and conference tournament champ Northwestern State. Key non-conference home games include matchups against South Alabama, Tulane and UL Lafayette.
 
The Lion baseball program opens the season at home, Feb. 15-17, with a 3-game series against Louisiana Tech.

 
CLEAR BAG POLICY

Southeastern Athletics instituted a clear bag policy for all ticketed events, effective with the start of the 2018 football season. The policy mirrors safety precautions taken upon entrance to professional and collegiate sporting venues throughout the country.
 
In addition to Southeastern baseball games at Alumni Field and softball games at North Oak Park, the policy is also be enforced at men's and women's basketball games in the University Center, and football games in Strawberry Stadium. For more information on the clear bag policy, visit www.LionSports.net/clear.

 

DIAMOND CLUB / S CLUB

Fans interested in becoming active supporters of the baseball program are encouraged to join the Diamond Club. Lion baseball alums are encouraged to join the exclusive S Club, which is restricted to Southeastern athletic letter winners.
 
All membership fees and donations to both the Diamond Club and S Club (baseball) are available for the exclusive use of the Southeastern baseball program. Membership information is available by contacting the Lion Athletics Association at laa@southeastern.edu or (985) 549-5091 or visiting www.LionUp.com.

 

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