Lions Bats Come On Late to Surge Past Islanders

HAMMOND, La. -

Justin Boudreaux went 4-for-4 with a home run and five RBI to lead Southeastern Louisiana to an 11-1 win over the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi baseball team on Friday night. The Lions scored six runs in the seventh and final inning to surge to the victory.

Justin Meza struck out nine in 5 2/3 innings of work, surrendering seven singles and three walks in the contest. Tyler Watkins gave up six hits and no walks in striking out four to improve to 7-1.

Brock Hebert went 2-for-4 and scored three runs in the win, while Jonathan Pace had a 3-for-3 day and scored twice. Bobby Buckner had two hits in the loss for the Islanders.

Texas A&M - Corpus Christi cracked the scoreboard first in the top of the third. Jeramie Marek led off with a single and Weston Montgomery followed with a base hit of his own. Logan Nottebrok bounced into a double play for the first two outs with Marek at third, and Buckner singled up the middle to plate Marek for a 1-0 lead. But Southeastern countered with a run of its own in the third, as Pace hit a one-out double, advanced on a wild pitch and came home on a sac fly to tie the score 1-1.

The Lions were able to cobble a run together to take the lead in the bottom of the fifth. A walk and two bunt singles loaded the bases with nobody out, but Meza rallied with a strikeout and a foulout to leave them there. But a 3-2 pitch to Cass Hargis was just low to force in a run and make it a 2-1 Southeastern lead.

In the sixth, Southeastern put a crooked number on the board to make it 5-1. With two away, Hebert delivered a single up the middle, and a walk put two on and two out. The Islanders summoned Adam Hoelscher from the bullpen, and the sophomore fell behind Boudreaux 3-0. The shortstop got the green light and knew what to do with it, hitting a towering flyball over the left-field wall for a three-run homer and a four-run lead.

But the Lions exploded for six more runs in the seventh to end the game. Southeastern got five hits and two errors to finish off the contest, the last blow a single by Boudreaux through the drawn-in infield for an 11-1 final.

The Islanders and Southeastern will conclude their three-game series Saturday at 2 p.m. Live audio and statistics for both games will be available at GoIslanders.com.