Southeastern Louisiana junior pitchers Trey Shaffer and Will Warren combined to strike out 16 batters Friday night as the Lions picked up a 3-2 win over No. 24-ranked UL Lafayette at Russo Park at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field to open the 2020 season.
Shaffer (1-0) fanned two batters in each of the first, second, fourth and fifth innings on his way to career-high in strikeouts. Warren fanned six in his 3.2 innings of relief, earning the save.
The Lions (1-0) struck first on a three-run, sixth-inning home run by right fielder Brandon Hale. After second baseman Champ Artigues worked a walk from UL Lafayette (0-1) starting pitcher Conor Angel (0-1), reliever Jeff Wilson followed with another free pass to Preston Faulkner. Hale, who had grounded into a pair of double plays in his previous two trips to the plate, turned on a 1-1 pitch from Wilson and lined it over the left-field wall.
UL Lafayette reached Shaffer for a run in the bottom half of the inning and scratched across an unearned run in the seventh off Warren. The right-hander from Brandon, Mississippi surrendered a leadoff single in the ninth, putting the potential tying run on base, but fanned the next three batters to wrap up the game.