HAMMOND — Southeastern Louisiana scored in every inning Sunday en route to a seven-inning, 15-0 run-rule victory over Nicholls State in Southland Conference action at Alumni Field.
After taking two-of-three from conference-leading Nicholls (26-23, 16-8 Southland), Southeastern (29-20, 14-10 Southland) enters the final two weekends of the regular season three games out of first place. It was the first conference run-rule win for the Lions since they defeated McNeese State 12-2 in 2012.
Southeastern scored four runs in the first inning, three in the second, four more in the third, one each in the fourth and sixth, and a pair in the fifth.
Jacob Seward was hit by a pitch to open the bottom of the first. Jameson Fisher followed with a single — the first of his career-high five hits in the game. Andrew Godbold hammered a 1-0 offering from Nicholls starting pitcher Brandon Jackson over the left-field wall, giving Southeastern a 3-0 lead just three batters into the game.
Brett Hoffman followed with a double and moved to third on Sam Roberson’s single. After Daniel Midyett drew a walk to load the bases, Hoffman scored from third on a double-play grounder by Kennon Menard.
Jacob Williams and Seward drew walks to open the second, forcing the Colonels into the first of five pitching changes in the game. Fisher greeted left-handed reliever Zach Thiac with an RBI double before SLU added two more runs on a pair of Nicholls errors.
Southeastern collected 17 hits for the second time this season as Fisher, Godbold, Hoffman and Menard all had multi-hit games.
Godbold drove in four runs. Fisher drove in three, while Roberson and Williams each drove in a pair. Kyle Cedotal, Fisher, Menard, Seward and Williams all scored multiple runs.
Andro ?Cutura (8-2) earned his eighth win of the season — tied for the most in the Southland Conference — allowing just one hit in five scoreless innings of work. Sean Kennel worked a pair of scoreless innings to close out the contest. Jackson (3-2) suffered the loss.
Since the beginning of April, ?Cutura has allowed just three runs (two earned) in 39.1 innings for a 0.46 ERA. In that time, he’s surrendered 18 hits and three walks while striking out 34.
Southeastern returns to action Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Tulane.
LSU-EUNICE 13, MERIDIAN 9: In Eunice, LSU-Eunice scored 13 runs on 13 hits to sweep the weekend series.
The Bengals (41-11) scored at least one run in every inning except the third against Meridian (23-24).
LSU-Eunice starter Will Bacon (2-0) allowed five hits and two runs while striking out six in five innings as nine Bengals tallied hits.
Jordan Romero went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a double, while Brennan Bozeman and Madison Nickens (double) each collected two hits and two RBIs.