LAKE CHARLES — Southeastern Louisiana scored eight runs in the 11th inning Friday at Cowboy Diamond, coming from behind to defeat McNeese State 10-2 in Southland Conference play.
Lion starter Tate Scioneaux and Cowboy starter Kaleb Fontenot held their opponents scoreless through the first seven innings.
The Lions broke through first, scoring a run in the eighth on Jacob Seward’s RBI single. McNeese answered with a pair of runs off Scioneaux in the bottom of the inning to take a 2-1 lead.
In the ninth, Steven O’Bryant walked Andrew Godbold to lead off the inning , and Sam Roberson ripped the ball into the right-center gap. Cowboy right fielder James Cantu got to the ball, but it bounced off his glove for a two-base error. Brett Hoffman drove in pinch runner Corey Bryan with a ground out to shortstop.
Southeastern reliever Dylan Hills fanned the side in the ninth, forcing the game into extra innings.
The Lions loaded the bases in the 11th with no outs before finally breaking the stalemate. Roberson doubled to lead off the inning and went to third on Hoffman’s single up the middle. Daniel Midyett drew a walk to load the bases.
Menard singled down the line, driving in Roberson and Hoffman. One out later, Kyle Cedotal reached on a fielder’s choice, but Midyett was thrown out at the plate for the second time in the game. Six straight Lions then reached safely before McNeese recorded the final out of the inning.
Jacob Williams walked. Seward singled up the middle to drive in Cedotal. Jameson Fisher and Ryan Byers walked (RBI). Roberson ripped the ball into the left-center gap, clearing the bases on a three-base error by the left fielder. Hoffman then singled to right to score Roberson for the final run. Midyett followed with a single up the middle, posting a four-hit game for the first time in his career.
Hills (4-3) picked up the win, tossing 2.2 scoreless innings in relief. Cole Prejean (5-4) was saddled with the loss, allowing six runs (four earned) on four hits and three walks in 0.2 innings.
NORTHWESTERN STATE 4, UNO 3: In Natchitoches, UNO committed three errors, and squandered a ninth inning lead in a loss to Northwestern State at Brown-Stroud Field.
The Privateers entered the ninth ahead 3-2, but Nathan Lyons laid down a bunt to start the inning and reached on an error. Alex Smith retired the next two batters before a wild pitch moved Lyons to second.
With runners on the corners, Edwin Gomez executed a squeeze play that tied the game. A walk loaded the bases, and a pop up on the infield was dropped by Michael Cusimano allowing the winning run to score.
Smith went 8.2 innings and gave up four runs (one earned). Smith threw a season-high 140 pitches in the loss. It was the first complete game of the year.
Cameron Brewer pitched three shutout innings of relief for the win for Northwestern State.
STEPHEN F. AUSTIN 4, NICHOLLS STATE 3: In Nacogdoches, Texas, Nicholls State was held to three hits but scored two late runs on an error to tie the game before the Lumberjacks ended the contest in the ninth with a run.
Keith Cormier, Darius Knight and Seth Stevens all had hits for the Colonels.
SFA’s Dillon Mangham tossed seven solid innings, allowing one run and two hits. Mangham fanned six and issued three walks.
SFA had six hits in the game, led by Conner Fikes, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Cameron Gann picked up the win, throwing two innings of relief.
For the Colonels, Stuart Holmes had a strong night out of the bullpen, tossing three hitless innings. Zach Thiac was credited with the loss, allowing one run on one hit.