Southern set for first midweek baseball game, visiting Southeastern _lowres

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Southern coach Roger Cador talks his players in a game against UNO last month.

By now most college baseball teams have played at least a couple of midweek games.

They’ve had opportunities to look at a series of pitchers, let young players get their feet wet and experiment with the lineup and batting order — all as preparation for weekend series.

But Southern is scheduled to play its first midweek game of the season at Southeastern Louisiana at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Alumni Field.

The Jaguars’ first two midweek games — home-and-home matchups with Nicholls State — were postponed because of weather. Southern is 1-5 and the Lions are 9-4 after a home win Tuesday against Alcorn State

Southeastern has played almost twice as many games as the Jaguars.

“We just need to play and see what we can get accomplished,” Southern coach Roger Cador said. “We’re just trying to see what we’ve got and who we can depend on. We want to see if we can establish some kids that pitch well so we can trust to bring them out of the bullpen on the weekend.”

Southern will start freshman right-hander Tyler Robinson, who pitched well in relief against Prairie View last Friday. Robinson entered the game with one out in the first and inherited a 3-0 deficit and a bases-loaded one-out jam.

He got two strikeouts to leave the bases loaded and went on to pitch 4.2 innings, allowing two hits, one unearned run and two walks. He struck out five. He has a 1.50 earned run average in two relief appearances covering 6.0 innings.

“Tyler Robinson has been so effective,” Cador said. “I like the way he throws strikes and keeps the ball down in the zone.”

Robinson also was effective when he started against BRCC in an exhibition Feb. 13. He pitched two scoreless innings, allowing one hit.

This game is a homecoming for Robinson, who pitched just a few miles down the road at Ponchatoula High School.

“There’s a little more pressure but I’m excited about it,” Robinson said, comparing his second college start to his first. “I’m looking forward to playing against our hometown college.

“I just want to repeat what I did (against Prairie View) — keep the ball down, hit my spots as much as possible and keep them off guard.”

Cador said he plans to use a total of four or five pitchers.

The Lions will start junior right-hander Pat Cashman (0-2, 3.86).

SLU’s offense has been led by third baseman Brett Hoffman, who Tuesday was named Southland Conference hitter of the week after hitting .643 (9-for-14) with an on-base percentage of .706 in four games.

Wednesday’s game was originally scheduled for March 31 but was moved because of a scheduling conflict. Tickets with the original date will be honored Wednesday.

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