Road to Omaha – Southeastern Louisiana Lions

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June 2nd, 2017

Southeastern Louisiana University baseball coach Matt Riser (center). (Courtesy The Advocate)

On today’s episode of “Road to Omaha,” KVNO’s Brandon McDermott speaks with Southeastern Louisiana University baseball coach Matt Riser.


Omaha, NE – The Southeastern Louisiana University baseball team (36-20) finished the regular season in 2nd place of the Southland conference.

The Lions lost two games in the Southland post-season tournament, however, putting them in limbo. But they were selected as a #2 seed in the Baton Rouge (LSU) regional and will take on #3 Rice (31-29) tonight at 7 p.m.

Head coach Matt Riser thinks the Southland Conference is fairly deep and the NCAA selection committee agreed, making them a #2 seed in a regional while winner of the post season conference tourney – Sam Houston State – earned a #3 seed in the Lubbock Regional.

The Lions have struggled as a team at the plate this year batting .256 – Riser said he doesn’t focus on batting average but looks at run scored per game as an indicator of the quality of at-bats.

The Lions’ Mac Sceroler had 108 strikeouts during the season – second in the conference. Riser said he has many tools but his biggest strength isn’t his natural ability.

“The biggest tool he brings to the mound is his maturity.”

SLU has beat Rice, Louisiana Lafayette and West Virginia during the regular season – which is seemingly a big reason why the NCAA selection committee chose them for postseason play.

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