Walk-off homer downs Golden Lions

HAMMOND, La. — Harry Slade hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Southeastern Louisiana a 4-3 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday.

The win clinched the three-game series, which concludes at 1 p.m. today.

Slade sent a changeup pitch from Mikey Ramirez (1-3) on a 2-1 count over the right-field wall to give the host Lions (13-6) their only lead of the game. Ramirez allowed three runs in the ninth inning to take the loss, but struck out three and scattered seven hits over nine innings.

Slade’s heroics made up for a costly mistake he made in the second inning. He dropped a two-out fly ball to allow Dwayne Hysmith to score from second base.

Errors by third baseman Jesse Burratt allowed the Golden Lions (5-13) to put two runners on in the fifth. Jacob Whitney scored from second base on Patrick Phillips’ RBI single to left-center.

Jameson Fisher belted his first career home run in the bottom of the fifth to pull Southeastern within 2-1, but UAPB made it 3-1 in the seventh when Whitney executed a sacrifice bunt.

Burratt lofted a sacrifice fly to right to score a run in the ninth, setting up Slade’s homer.

Each team had seven hits. Phillips went 2 for 5 to lead UAPB.

UAPB’s Jim Ploeger (2-2, 4.07 ERA) will square off against Southeastern’s Jordan Hymel (1-2, 4.16) on the mound today. The game can be heard via Internet at www.LionSports.net. The audio link can be found on the baseball schedule on the website.