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Southeastern outbats Jags in home game

J.D. Summerlin/Daily Star

WARM WELCOME -- Daniel Wasinger is greeted by Taylor Schwaner after hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning.

Tuesday night was not a fun night for pitchers as Southeastern pulled out a 12-9 win in a hitters' bonanza over South Alabama at Alumni Field.

Southeastern used four pitchers in the high-scoring game and South Alabama went through five pitchers on the night. Southeastern's Will Warren took the win for the Lions.

The win marks the tenth year in a row that Southeastern has recorded 35 wins in its season.

South Alabama jumped out to a 2-0 lead after Brenden Donovan hit a two-run homer to right field in the top of the first inning, but Southeastern didn't wait long to strike back. A home run to right by Drew Avans cut the Jaguar lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the first.

The Jaguars got the run back in the top of the second inning when Dylan Hardy singled up the middle to bring in Will Luft and finished the frame up 3-1.

Southeastern took the lead back on a three-run home run to right field by Taylor Schwaner to go up 4-3, bringing in Evan Pace and Mike Taylor.

Once again, the game shifted back again to South Alabama in the top of the third with another home run to right field. The two-run blast by Hunter Stokes put the Jaguars up 5-4.

Southeastern tied the game in the bottom of the third after drawing a bases-loaded walk and Schwaner put the Lions on top with a single to right to bring in two runs home.

The Lions went up 7-5 after three and did not surrender the lead again after that point.

South Alabama scored a run to get within a run in the top of the fourth, but a Nathan Pilutti home run to right field kept the Jaguars away from tying the game.

Taylor's single to short in the inning brought another run in and the Lions were up 9-6.

After Southeastern kept South Alabama off the board in the top of the fifth inning, Daniel Wasinger hit a solo home run to right field to extend the lead to 10-6.

South Alabama got within a run in the game, but Southeastern closed out the game with two more runs and took the 12-9 win.

The Lions go back to work on Thursday night when they host Houston to close out the regular season. The Cougars are ranked in the top 25 and it will be sixth top-25 opponent they will have faced this season.