Road to Omaha – Southeastern Louisiana Lions
June 2nd, 2017
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 â€“ Sam Houston State â€“ earned a #3 seed in the Lubbock Regional.
The Lions have struggled as a team at the plate this year batting .256 â€“ Riser said he doesnâ€™t focus on batting average but looks at run scored per game as an indicator of the quality of at-bats.
The Lionsâ€™ Mac Sceroler had 108 strikeouts during the season â€“ second in the conference. Riser said he has many tools but his biggest strength isnâ€™t his natural ability.
â€œThe biggest tool he brings to the mound is his maturity.â€
SLU has beat Rice, Louisiana Lafayette and West Virginia during the regular season â€“ which is seemingly a big reason why the NCAA selection committee chose them for postseason play.
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