NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Top-seeded Southeastern and McNeese St. dueled on Thursday in an elimination game that saw the Lions emerge victorious after 12 long innings.
SLU led 2-0 after three at-bats, but the Cowboys fought back in the 7th inning to tie the game and eventually force extra innings.
With runners on the corners and one out in the bottom of the 12th, Kyle Cedotal, who is predominantly a pitcher, stepped up to the plate and sent a long fly ball to centerfield. Daniel Midyett tagged up and sprinted home to score the winning run.
Lions coach Matt Riser used 16 different batters in a game crucial to his team's NCAA postseason hopes "Our attitude all season has been that is going to take all 35 of us and I think we only had one guy left on the bench," he told Southland Sports Information. "You never know in the tournament who is going to be the hero and Kyle Cedotal stepped up with a huge at-bat in that last inning to win it for us."
Jake Johnson started for Southeastern (42-16) and lasted 6.2 innings before allowing two runs, only one of which was earned.
Closer Mac Sceroler came on in the ninth inning and ended up pitching 3.1 innings, allowing just two hits, in a performance Riser praised after the game. "He's a special guy and he came in with the attitude that they weren't going to score. We had an outstanding defensive effort behind Mac to get out of that jam in the 11th. Chris Eades did an outstanding job blocking the plate on that play and I couldn't me proud of that play."
Southeastern returns to action Friday at noon against the loser of #5 Sam Houston State vs #8 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, who beat the Lions Wednesday.