Lions baseball knocks off South Alabama, sweeps tournament

MOBILE, Ala. – Brock Hebert broke a 4-4 tie in the eighth inning with an RBI single and Southeastern Louisiana rallied from a pair of three-run deficits to defeat South Alabama and claim the 26th annual South Alabama Classic on Sunday at Stanky Field after finishing the weekend a perfect 3-0.

Sophomore right-hander Stefan Lopez pitched the final two innings to record his second save in as many days as Southeastern (6-1) won for the fifth straight time and had the best showing in the Classic.

The Lions trailed 3-0 after two innings before beginning its rally against the host Jaguars. Center fielder Cass Hargis, who led SLU at the plate with three hits, followed with a single to drive in Hebert and cutting their deficit to 3-1.

South Alabama took a 4-1 lead in the sixth when Brad Hook drove in Nolan Earley with a sacrifice fly. Justin Boudreauxwas named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

Tyler Watkins pitched six innings for Southeastern, scattering 10 hits and striking out three while issuing two walks. Redshirt freshman Matt Pittari and true freshman Dylan Hills (1-0) kept South Alabama off the scoreboard in the seventh with Hills retiring the only batter he faced in earning his first collegiate victory.

The Lions also defeated Alabama and Central Florida over the weekend. Jordan Hymel will start for the Lions when they return to action Tuesday night at Alex Box Stadium  against the 7th ranked LSU Tigers

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