The Lion's Roar

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...

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...

Student-athletes reflect on their time as Lions

Kyle Schimpf, a senior infielder, works with one of the assistant coaches during practice. Schimpf, like many other graduating seniors, has made memories at the university during his time as a student athlete.

Johnathan Zeringue, Staff Reporter

May 14, 2019

Graduating student-athletes will not only take a diploma after graduation but also memories from past years. Kyle Schimpf, a senior infielder, has enjoyed his time being a part of the baseball team over the years. “I think my favorite memory as being a part of Lion’s baseball was when Cody Gross...

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...

Competing on and off the field

Nadine Maher, a junior kinesiology major, left, and Sofia Olsson, a senior business administration major, right, earned the President’s List distinction despite their busy schedules as student-athletes on the Lady Lions soccer team.

Maiah Woodring, Staff Reporter

April 9, 2019

Breaking the “dumb jock” stereotype requires motivation and commitment for three student-athletes who prove that maintaining a high GPA can be a reality. Noah Vance, a sophomore defensive lineman for the football team, has a 3.0 cumulative GPA. He shared how he maintains his grades. “My whole life h...

A closer look at student-athletes’ superstitions

Senior pitcher Corey Gaconi has his own routine before the game where he wears a particular jersey and listens to certain musical playlists.

Jennifer Dettwiller, Staff Reporter

August 21, 2018

Superstitions in sports are not unheard of, and players stick to what they know works for their game days. University players from football, baseball and volleyball explained their superstitions leading up to game time. Senior kicker Jonathan Tatum discussed the particular game-day rituals that...