The Lion's Roar

Player values hard work and life lessons

Player values hard work and life lessons

Erica Welter, Staff Reporter

April 16, 2019


Filed under Sports

Lakeland, Tennessee native Trey Harrington, a sophomore business administration major, has been playing baseball since he was a child. Harrington appeared in 32 games, started in 12 and hit his first career home run his freshman year. With a little over a month to go in this year’s regular season...

Lions take the series against Demons

Lions take the series against Demons

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

April 14, 2019


Filed under Sports

The Lions baseball team won the series against the Northwestern State University Demons but dropped the final match. The first two matches ended with 5-3 and 8-1 victories while the third one resulted in a 1-3 loss. The series put the Lions' overall record at 18-18. In the second game, Preston Faulkner,...

Lions drop match to Green Wave

Lions drop match to Green Wave

Johnathan Zeringue, Staff Reporter

April 10, 2019


Filed under Sports

The Lions baseball team fought but lost to the Tulane University Green Wave 15-14. The teams competed on April 9 at 6 p.m. at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field. The loss dropped the Lions' overall record to 16-17. The game ended with a Lions player caught stealing second base. “It’s tough...

Lions continue losing streak

Lions continue losing streak

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

April 5, 2019


Filed under Sports

The Lions baseball team took its third loss in a row against the University of Louisiana at Lafayette dropping to a 14-15 overall record. Matt Riser, head coach of baseball, discussed the 8-9 loss. "In all honesty, it was a tale of two bullpens," explained Riser. "Our bullpen was not too good for...

Baseball enjoys high strides in attendance

Baseball enjoys high strides in attendance

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

March 26, 2019


Filed under Sports

The university baseball team has seen a gradual increase in home game attendance since Matt Riser became the head coach. Since 2015, the team has been leading in the Southland Conference for fan attendance. In 2014, the university saw its largest attendance at a home game with 3,747 showing up in the 7...

Baseball sweep leads to five game win streak

Baseball sweep leads to five game win streak

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

March 24, 2019


Filed under Sports

The Lions baseball team swept Abilene Christian University with 14-1, 12-9 and 8-3 wins over the weekend. Matt Riser, head coach of baseball, felt proud of his team's execution in the series. "Especially at the spur of the moment on Saturday, we got down early by three runs and stormed back to...

A recovery in sports outside the lion’s den

Jacob Summerville, Staff Reporter

February 27, 2019


Filed under Sports

A former lion athlete persevered through an injury after making his way into professional sports. Andro Cutura, a former pitcher for the university, was drafted to the Minnesota Twins in 2014 during his junior year at the university. In May of 2016, Cutura suffered an injury that would put his baseball...

Alumnus pitcher gets a big time call

Alumnus pitcher gets a big time call

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

February 26, 2019


Filed under Showcase, Sports

A draft to the major league has impacted a university alumnus and has influenced the baseball team. Kyle Robert Keller, 2015 alumnus, was recently called up from the New Orleans Baby Cakes minor league association to be a relief pitcher for the Miami Marlins major league baseball. The 6-foot-4,...

The Lions baseball team lands its first victory of the season

The Lions baseball team lands its first victory of the season

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

February 25, 2019


Filed under Sports

The Lions baseball team turned around a four-game losing streak as it won two of its three weekend games against the Stony Brook University Seawolves. On the first night of the series, the Lions took home the first victory of the regular season. In the third game, which ended in a 8-0 victory for...

Rising to the top

Rising to the top

Johnathan Zeringue, Staff Reporter

February 12, 2019


Filed under Sports

Ranked among the top 10 coaches under the age of 40 in “Baseball America,” Matt Riser, baseball head coach, looks forward to a successful season in 2019. Although he once aspired to have a career in medicine, Riser chose to pursue his passion. “Coming out of college, I originally planned to p...

Baseball highlights preseason preparation at a reunion with alumni

Baseball highlights preseason preparation at a reunion with alumni

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

February 4, 2019


Filed under Sports

In a scrimmage against university alumni including former and current professional baseball players, the Lions won 13-3. Matt Riser, baseball head coach, discussed the incentive of holding the alumni game. "It's a great thing that our baseball team hosts for the community," said Riser. "It's more...

Fundraiser expects to raise over $15,000

Fundraiser expects to raise over $15,000

Maiah Woodring, Staff Reporter

January 29, 2019


Filed under Sports

The university athletic department is organizing a fundraising event to promote and raise funds for the baseball team as well as increase community involvement. The “First Pitch Banquet” is scheduled to be hosted at the Le Fleur De Lis Reception Hall in Ponchatoula on Feb. 1 from 7-10 p.m. The...