SE baseball home opener today


By Matt Thomas - mthomas@se.edu



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Southeastern will make its home debut on Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. at The Ballpark in Durant when it welcomes Oklahoma Christian for a single nine-inning contest.

The Savage Storm come into the midweek matchup with a 2-3 record overall on the season after dropping a pair of games at Northeastern State on Saturday.

The game will also be featured on the Southeastern Sports Network available at GoSoutheastern.com/SESportsNet.

SE enters the contest with six players hitting .300 or better, led by Greg Husnander at .385 with a pair of doubles, a homer and an RBI.

Ty Hanson, Tim Hunter and Connor Counce are each over .350 as well with 11 hits and seven RBI between the three of them over five games.

The Storm pitching staff is led by Scott Richards who boasts a 1-0 record and a 2.89 ERA in a pair of starts, while also getting some solid bullpen outings with Bryce Clemons and Mike Wade allowing just one earned run between them in four combined appearances.

The Eagles come to Durant with a 3-0 record after sweeping a three-game series at Texas A&M-Kingsville.

Jake Baxter and Austin Orth lead the way with matching .667 averages in a combined 18 at bats, with Baxter posting a pair of doubles and an RBI while Orth has three doubles and two runs batted in.

Kyle Lacy leads the OCU starters with a 1-0 record and a 2.57 ERA alongside nine strikeouts, while Dillon Fazekas has the team’s only save.

Tuesday’s contest is the first of four-straight at home which will include a three-game series against No. 13 Angelo State with a double-header at noon on Feb. 12 followed by a single game at noon on Feb. 13.

Southeastern Swept at NSU on Saturday:

Despite scoring first in both games, Southeastern found itself on the short end of both ends of its Saturday double-header at Northeastern State, falling in the opener 8-3 and the nightcap 5-4.

The losses drop the Savage Storm to 2-3 overall on the season heading into the home opener on Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Ballpark in Durant against Oklahoma Christian.

In the opener, Greg Husnander scored in the top of the third when Bryson Allen reached on an error, followed by a two-run single by Nolan Fanning which plated Allen and Kaleb Thomas to take an early 3-0 lead.

NSU answered with five runs in the bottom of the third before adding another in the fourth and two more in the fifth to pull away with an 8-3 win.

Fanning posted a 3-for-3 outing at the plate with a pair of RBI, as the Storm collected eight hits as a team.

Keyton Jameson was saddled with the loss after tossing 2.0 innings and getting hit for four runs, two of which were earned, on two hits with two strikeouts.

Mike Wade tossed 1.1 innings in relief and allowed a pair of runs, one earned, on two hits, followed by a third of an inning from Bryce Clemons.

Cody Luman followed with 1.1 innings, allowing two runs on three hits with a pair of K’s before Matt Benedict finished off the game with 1.0 innings allowing a hit and striking out two.

A Dylan Helms solo homer in the first put SE up early in game two.

Connor Counce singled home Husnander in the fourth, followed by a bases loaded walk drawn by Logan Terwilliger to take a 3-0 lead.

NSU got a run back in the bottom of the fourth, but a Husnander solo shot would push the lead out to 4-1 midway through the fifth inning.

Unfortunately, the Riverhawks would pick up four runs in the bottom of the fifth and SE was not able to push a run across despite getting a runner into scoring position in the sixth, falling 5-4.

Husnander and Counce posted a pair of hits each along with an RBI apiece, with Helms and Allen each picking up one hit. Helms and Terwilliger would each pick up an RBI as well.

Scott Richards got the start and tossed 4.1 innings allowing three runs on six hits with five strikeouts.

Michael Brinska was hit with the loss after facing three batters without recording an out and allowing two runs on a hit with a pair of walks.

Scott Brinkley tossed two-third of an inning in relief allowing a hit, with Clemons finishing off the game with an inning pitched and one K.

Contact Matt Thomas at mthomas@se.edu.

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