With each day, it gets harder for the Southeastern baseball team to remember the last time it lost a game.
“I can’t really say I do (remember), now that I think about it,” senior outfielder Daniel Midyett said.
“I think it was Maryland, maybe?” senior pitcher Domenick Carlini guessed.
The answer is Southern Miss on March 8. It was a 9-7 loss at home.
Since then, the Lions have won a school-record 14 straight games, and dating to last season, they’ve won a Southland Conference record 13 consecutive conference outings, including a perfect 9-0 record in league games this season.
Southeastern will surpass the single-season conference win streak record it set last season if it can sweep Nicholls State this weekend.
It’s to the point where Carlini thinks the Lions simply forgot how to lose.
“Teams in the future will be looking back at us and see something they can chase,” Carlini said. “They’ll be looking back at this bunch of guys and maybe even asking coach (Matt Riser) what the secret is. They’ll be asking why we were so good.”
But the “secret” isn’t anything special, Riser said.
He has preached consistency and effort since the beginning of the season, and that’s what Southeastern has shown.
The Lions outscored opponents 123-29 during the nearly month-long streak and out hit them 145-84.
On the season, six Lions are hitting better than .300, including first baseman Jameson Fisher, whose .488 average is No. 2 in Division I. Center fielder Jacob Seward is the third-toughest batter in the country to strike out.
All three starting pitchers have an ERA of 1.00 or better during the streak, propelling the staff to the second-best team ERA (2.07) in the nation. Carlini has not allowed a single earned run since Southeastern’s win against Tennessee on March 6.
“You guys see a 14-game streak from a winning standpoint, but the streak that I’ve been most impressed with is that or guys have shown up every day,” Riser said. “There’s a 26-game streak where our guys have shown the maturity to be able to bring their mentality, their mindset, their focus to the ballgame every single day.”
Carlini said the key to the players’ success has been the old adage, focusing on one game at a time — something last season’s team didn’t do.
The streak, and all the stats and records that come with it, is certainly in the back of the Lions’ minds. But they can’t let themselves get caught up in it.
“We’re not focused on how good we will be at the end — we know how good we can be at the end — but we’re trying to be good one game at a time,” Carlini said.
To keep the streak going, Southeastern must sweep Nicholls this weekend, something it hasn’t done since 2013.
As they typically do, the Lions and Colonels will alternate home field. The Friday and Sunday games are in Hammond, and the middle game Saturday is in Thibodaux.
Friday’s game starts at 6 p.m. with Southeastern ace Kyle Cedotal on the mound. Mac Sceroler will start Saturday, followed by Carlini on Sunday.
“We just have to keep doing what we’ve been doing,” Midyett said. “If you have a winning formula, why change it? We’ve been doing a god job executing Southeastern baseball, and I think that’s why we’ve been on this streak.”