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Southeastern stuns UNO in Southland Tournament opener

SLU is 9-0 in Southland Conference play. (NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune) SLU is 9-0 in Southland Conference play. (NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

Southeasterns' never-say-die attitude saved them in Wednesday's Southland Conference tournament opener as they rallied from 4-3 down in the ninth to defeat UNO, 5-4.

Trailing 4-3 entering the ninth, the Lions (37-18) took advantage of three Privateer (30-25) errors to score a pair of unearned runs. Southeastern only recorded three hits in the game, but all three directly contributed to runs scored earlier in the game.

“We didn't put a whole lot of pressure on them offensively, but at the end of the day we got the job done,” Southeastern Head Coach Matt Riser said. “When we started playing the way we're supposed to play, and play fast, we put pressure on the defense and they made mistakes. When you do that, you score some runs.”

Southland Conference Relief Pitcher of the Year Kade Granier (5-1) earned the win, retiring both batters he faced in the ninth.

The Lions advance to a winner's bracket matchup with No. 6-seeded McNeese State, Thursday at 4 p.m. New Orleans, meanwhile, will face Northwestern St. in an elimination game Thursday morning at 9:00.

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