[Information provided by: NSU Athletics]
Dylan Hills stranded a man in scoring position to end a potential ninth inning rally to complete the sweep for Southeastern Louisiana as they defeated the Northwestern State baseball team 3-2 Sunday afternoon in Southland Conference action.
It was the ninth straight loss for the Demons (9-17, 0-3 SLC). The Lions improve to 18-7 overall, and 3-0 in league play.
"I'm real proud of our guys. They competed hard and got after it, but we're in a funk right now and we're just scuffling," said Burroughs. "Baseball teams go through this, and even teams that go to the national championship go through it.
"We have to find a way to get a win, and that's just the way it is," he said. "I'm proud of our guys and the way they competed, but we have to flush this one and move ahead."
Southeastern struck first in the third inning that started with a Sam Roberson single to right center. Two batters later, Aaron Marse singled through the left side and Ladd Rhodes laid down a sacrifice bunt to put the runners on second and third base with two outs. Harry Slade singled up the middle to score both.
The Lions made it a 3-0 game in the fifth inning when Slade hit a ground ball with a man on first and second base that scored Marse. NSU shortstop Matt Burns fielded the ball and threw it to second base to get the runner, and Toby Cornejo threw the ball wide of first base on his attempt at a double play which allowed Marse to score from second base.
The Demons scored their first run in the sixth inning that opened with a lead-off single to left center from Garrett Killgore. He advanced to second after Zack Costa singled through the left side, to third on a sacrifice bunt from Mitch Huckabay, and scored on a wild pitch.
NSU added another run in the seventh inning when Burns led off the frame with a double down the left field line and scored on a sacrifice fly from Matt Baca. Baca hit a pop fly that hovered over the right field foul-line that Lions' Jameson Fisher caught 10-feet behind the infield turf, but Jameson fell as he made the play so Burns tagged up to take third and ran home when he saw nobody covering.
Joey Parrack (0-4) started the game and took the loss after he gave up three runs, two earned, in 4.1 innings with four hits, two walks, and four strikeouts. Steven Spann came on in relief and pitched 3.1 innings and gave up one hit and three walks.
Cameron Brewer was called on in the eighth inning and pitched 1.1 perfect frames.
Jordan Hymel (3-2) got the win on six innings and allowed only one run on three hits, two walks, and two strikeouts. Hills (6) got the save after he was called in the game in the seventh inning and finished the game and gave up a run.
The Demons will play at home on Tuesday at 6:30 when they take on Louisiana-Monroe. The two teams faced off in a weekend series earlier this season, and NSU took two-of-three.