Back-to-back two-run innings helped Southeastern Louisiana grab the lead and put away the Northwestern State baseball team after the Lions mounted a comeback Saturday afternoon in Southland Conference action.
The Demons (9-16, 0-2 SLC) jumped out to a 3-0 lead over the Lions (17-7, 2-0 SLC) in the first inning, but Southeastern answered with three runs of their own in the fourth inning before NSU added its final score in the second half of the same frame.
SLU scored two in the fifth, to grab the lead, and two more in the sixth to add insurance.
Cort Brinson and Will Watson both hit one-out singles followed by a single from Nick Purdy that scored Brinson. Watson scored when Todd Wallace hit a sacrifice fly to left field, and Purdy scored after he advanced to second on a wild pitch and Matt Burns single up the middle.
After SLU's three-run fourth inning, the Demons regained the lead after Burns knocked in Wallace, who reached on a double to right field.
The tying and go-ahead run came in the fifth innings for the Lions. Brett Hoffman hit a lead-off single up the middle and advanced to second after an error by the pitcher Andrew Adams on a sacrifice bunt from Alex Marse. Ben Hernandez scored Hoffman on a single up the middle, and Harry Slade knocked in Marse.
Kyle Cedotal (3-3) got the win after he worked 5.1 innings and did not allow a run or hit. Tate Scioneaux started for the Lions, but was tagged with all four runs given up on just three innings pitched. Dylan Hills (5) recorded a save with two-thirds of an inning pitched.
Adams (0-3) took the loss after pitching three perfect innings, of the five he worked, before giving up six hits and five runs (three earned). Zach Krebs pitched one-third of an inning and gave up two runs, and A.J. Funk came in for 3.2 innings with no runs on three hit
The Demons will finish the series Sunday at 1 o'clock, and will play Louisiana-Monroe at home on Tuesday at 6:30.