Southeastern Louisiana Wins First Southland Baseball Tournament

first_imgThe Lions answered the Bears’ four consecutive runs with a run the sixth inning. After Jacob Williams doubled to third base, Fisher brought home his first RBI of the tournament with a single to center field to up the Lions’ lead to 7-4. On his team…“I am extremely proud of these guys. Even though we didn’t finish our goal of winning the championship, we came together. We battled a lot of adversity this year with injuries and lot of different things. They came together at the end, and I am proud as heck with these guys. They fought hard and finished hard. That is what we talked about was to fight the good fight and finish the course and have faith.” Box Score (PDF)  |  Photos  |  ESPN3 Replay  |  Highlights  |  Interviews  |  Tournament CentralCONWAY, Ark. – Southeastern Louisiana went to the arm of relief pitcher Tate Scioneaux in the championship game of the Southland Conference Baseball Tournament to defeat Central Arkansas 9-4 to claim the school’s first league title. On Tate Scioneaux…“He came to me last night and said, “Coach, I want the baseball at some point in time tomorrow. I know we are going with Andro (Cuturo), but I feel great and I am ready to go. So if you get the chance to give it to me, I want it.’ You could hear it. You could hear it was definitely from the heart. It wasn’t just a coach speech or player speech, it was a true genuine ‘I want the baseball.’ And you saw it when he went in there and shut the door.” Southeastern Louisiana pitcher Tate ScioneauxOn his tournament performance…“I asked for the ball. I told coach that I had some outs in me. He said he was going to pull me in the seventh, and I told him, ‘no, one more coach.” And then the eighth inning came, and I told him that I am going to finish this.” The Lions will find out where they will go in the NCAA tournament on Monday. The tournament selection show will be televised on ESPNU at 11 a.m., CT. Central Arkansas Head Coach Allen GumOn coming up short in the championship…“The guys did a great job at the end of the year. We had a moment and got on a good run. Today, things just didn’t go our way. Southeastern Louisiana did a good job. They put pressure on us and took advantage of the mistakes we made. It was their day. The ball bounced their way. I am proud of our guys. We fought hard at the end. Even when we got down 6-0, we just kept fighting but we didn’t have enough left.” UCA would chip away from the Lions’ lead in the bottom half of the second inning. Tyler Langley and Scott Zimmerle would reach base for the Bears to start the inning. After both runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt from Justin Treece, Langley would come around to score on a sacrifice fly from Charles Deckard. Doug Votolato would get his eighth hit and fifth RBI of the tournament with an infield single, bringing home Zimmerle to make the score 6-2. Postgame Quotes…Southeastern Louisiana Head Coach Matt RiserOn today’s championship… “First, that Central Arkansas ball club is a tough ball club. It looked like we were going to run away with it, but they put the pressure on and put the pressure on, but it was a fantastic job by Tate Scioneaux coming in and finishing it off. The kids gave it everything they had because they wanted it. This is the ultimate goal. It was a motivating force for us with the last few years being runner up.” Saturday, May 24Championship: No. 5 Southeastern La. 9, No. 6 Central Arkansas 4 The Lions puts the game out of reach in the eighth inning by tacking on two more runs. Southeastern put together a two-out rally with three consecutive hits from Seward, Fisher and Godbold. Godbold’s single drove in Seward and Fisher to give the Lions the 9-4 lead. The Bears would added two more runs in the fourth inning after loading the bases with singles from Deckard and Carson Dowdle and Wesley Hoover reaching on a fielding error. Chris Townsend would pick up an RBI after being hit by a pitch and Nate Ferrell would draw an RBI walk. Thursday, May 22Game Five:  No. 4 Northwestern St. 10, No. 8 Lamar 8 (Lamar eliminated)Game Six:  No. 3 A&M-Corpus Christi 3, No. 2 Nicholls 2 (Nicholls eliminated)Game Seven:  No. 5 Southeastern La. 1, No. 1 Sam Houston St. 0Game Eight:  No. 6 Central Arkansas 11, No. 7 McNeese State 3center_img 2014 Southland Conference Baseball All-Tournament TeamMVP     Tate Scioneaux, Southeastern LouisianaP             Jacob Seward, Southeastern LouisianaC             Jameson Fisher, Southeastern LouisianaOF          Andrew Godbold, Southeastern LouisianaP             Connor McClain, Central ArkansasOF          Doug Votolato, Central ArkansasOF          Nate Ferrell, Central Arkansas2B          Chris Townsend, Central ArkansasP             Steven Spann, Northwestern StateSS           Sam Bumpers, LamarOF          Andrew Guillotte, McNeese StateDH         Nick Heath, Northwestern State Singles by Seward and Fisher and a hit by a pitch by Andrew Godbold loaded the bases again for the Lions in the second inning. Southeastern would then bring four more runs across with two consecutive two-RBI singles from Hoffman and Midyett. Jason Greenleaf picked up the win for the Lions after 1.2 innings of work. Greenleaf, who moved to 1-0 on the year, gave up two unearned runs on three hits while striking out one. UCA starter Bryce Biggerstaff lasted only into the second inning after six runs, four earned, on seven hits and one walk. He struck out one in falling to 7-6 on the year. Southeastern jumped on the board early, pushing six runs across in the first two innings. In the top of the first, the Lions loaded the bases with a Jacob Seward single, Jameson Fisher fielder’s choice error and a Brett Hoffman walk. Daniel Midyett drove in the game’s first run with an infield single to pitcher Bryce Biggerstaff. Midyett’s shot hit off Biggerstaff’s glove, but it was too hot from the UCA pitcher to handle, which allowed Seward to score. Fisher would eventually score the second Southeastern run when Sam Roberson grounded out to second base. Central Arkansas finished its season 32-22 after reaching the championship game for the second consecutive year. The No. 5 seed Lions (37-23) claimed its first title after reaching the championship game the previous two seasons, including a 4-0 loss in last year’s championship to the Bears. The loss snapped UCA’s eight-game tournament winning streak. The win also locked up the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA Division I Championship, which will be the Lions’ third overall and first appearance since 1994. Scioneaux, the tournament most valuable player, came into the game in the fourth inning to stop the UCA hitting. The Bears scored four runs before Scioneaux entered the game. The right-hander pitched over five innings of shutout ball, giving up only four hits and a walk while striking out eight Bears. For the tournament, Scioneaux pitched 11 innings of scoreless ball while striking out 12 hitters and only surrendering nine hits and two walks. Scioneaux threw 91 pitches to pick up his first save of the year. Southland Conference Tournament ResultsWednesday, May 21Game One:  No. 5 Southeastern La. 5, No. 4 Northwestern St. 3Game Two:  No. 1 Sam Houston St. 10, No. 8 Lamar 4Game Three:  No. 7 McNeese St. 4, No. 2 Nicholls 2Game Four:  No. 6 Central Arkansas 3, No. 3 A&M-Corpus Christi 1 Friday, May 23Game Nine:  No. 4 Northwestern St. 4, No. 1 Sam Houston St. 1 (Sam Houston St. eliminated)Game 10:  No. 7 McNeese St. 7, No. 3 A&M-Corpus Christi 5 (A&M-Corpus Christi eliminated)Game 11:  No. 5 Southeastern La. 7, No. 4 Northwestern St. 3 (Northwestern St. eliminated)Game 12:  No. 6 Central Arkansas 8, No. 7 McNeese St. 6 (McNeese St. eliminated) On today’s game…“That’s baseball. You are going to have your up and downs, but you just have to keep grinding. And in the end, hope it is in your favor.”last_img

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