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The Lion's Roar

Jacksonville shuts out Southeastern 8-0 in series finale

Senior pitcher Justin Simanek gave up six runs in 3.2 innings pitched on Sunday against the Jacksonville Dolphins. SImanek is now 0-2 on the 2020 season.

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

February 24, 2020

For the first time in its program history Southeastern faced off against Jacksonville University on the diamond.  On Friday night the Lions outlasted the Dolphins 2-1 with Saturday the Lions beating them 5-4. On Sunday Southeastern went for the series sweep but came up short in an 8-0 blow out.  H...

Lions baseball looks to improve after falling short in 2019 season

Sophomore pitcher Grant Upton throws a pitch in the Feb. 8 Alumni game. The Lion’s next game will be at home on Feb. 18 against the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

February 18, 2020

After finishing the 2019 season 33-27, the university baseball team will look to lean on its 15 transferred players to make a big push in the 2020 season. Of the 15 transfers, nine are from a junior or community college, and six are from another Division I university. Head coach Matt Riser talked a...

Lions defeat alumni 11-7 in annual scrimmage

Former university baseball players faced off against current baseball players at the annual Alumni Baseball Game.

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

February 13, 2020

On Feb. 8, the Lions baseball team hosted their annual alumni baseball game at the Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field. With a final score of 11-7, the Lions bested the alumni for the second straight season. Drew Avans, an alumnus of 2018, played for the alumni for a second year and shared what the experience ...

Alumnus baseball player earns two pitching awards

Corey Gaconi, an alumnus pitcher, finished the 2019 season with a 7-3 record and a 2.53 earned-run-average. Gaconi, went undrafted and later signed with the New York Mets Organization. Gaconi’s current team the Brooklyn Cyclones won the 2019 New York-Penn League Championship defeating the Lowell Spinners.

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

September 25, 2019

Corey Gaconi, an alumnus pitcher, earned two accolades for his performance in the 2019 regular season. Gaconi brought home the 2019 Louisiana Sports Writer Pitcher of the Year and the 2018-2019 SLU Male Student-Athlete of the Year award. The university baseball team finished with a 33-27 record in...

Manuel returns as an assistant pitching coach

Kaleb Manuel

Jacob Summerville, Opinions Editor

September 24, 2019

An alumni pitcher’s lifelong passion for baseball lead him back to coach at the university starting this upcoming season. Whether it was through video games or watching television, for Kaleb Manuel, interim assistant baseball coach and pitching coach, the sport has always been prominent to him....

Breaud makes top 10

Brennan Breaud, a senior infielder, prepares to swing  in the Pat Kenally Diamond at Alumni Field. Before graduating this semester, Breaud made it into the Top 10 in all-time hits for the university.

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

June 12, 2019

Cracking into the top 10 in all-time hits for the university was how Brennan Breaud, a senior infielder, wrapped up his final season. Breaud earned 55 hits across 60 games, earning 22 RBI’s in the process. Breaud was not focused on the record books during the season but focused on performing...

Lions take series win

The Lions baseball team finished a series against Nicholls State University with a 2-1 victory. The first win had Corey Gaconi, a senior pitcher, playing for the whole game while the last game ended in a mercy ruling.

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

April 29, 2019

The Lions baseball team improved its record with a 2-1 series victory over Nicholls State University. The first two matches of the series were played at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field, and the last was held at Ray E. Didier Field in Thibodaux. In the first battle, the Lions made a 3-1 victory w...

Player values hard work and life lessons

Trey Harrington, a sophomore business administration major, celebrates a good play as the third baseman for the Lions. Harrington began playing baseball as a child and is now following in the footsteps of his father by playing collegiate baseball.

Erica Welter, Staff Reporter

April 16, 2019

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

The Lions baseball team took a 2-1 series victory against the Northwestern State University Demons, putting the Lions' record at 18-18.

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

April 14, 2019

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

The Lions baseball game lost to Tulane University to drop its overall record to 16-17. Though the Lions tried to climb back from deficits throughout the game, the match ended as a 15-14 loss.

Johnathan Zeringue, Staff Reporter

April 10, 2019

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

The Lions baseball team lost 8-9 against the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The game dropped the Lions to a 14-15 overall record and a three-game losing streak.

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

April 5, 2019

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

The Lions baseball team discusses Sunday’s 8-3 victory over Abilene Christian University after the game. On Sunday, 1,236 fans attended the game in the Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field. Baseball has seen a steady increase in attendance and leads the Southland Conference in fan attendance since Matt Riser took over as head coach.

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

March 26, 2019

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...

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