Southeastern Louisiana moves down to the elimination bracket and will play No. 7 Nicholls tomorrow at 9 a.m. CT. The Demons will take on the winner of that matchup at 4 p.m. Caleb Ricca then singled down the left field line to plate Kunert, stole second, and scored on a Peyton Davis RBI single to push the lead to 5-1 NSU. Maddox made way for left-hander Tyler Pigott at the bottom of the eighth, finishing with 123 pitches, six strikeouts and just four hits. Pigott promptly retired the Lions before the Demons headed to the ninth looking for their first run. An RBI single to right field from Drew Avans plated Cody Grosse for a 1-0 Lions lead at the bottom of the first but left three on to end the inning. Southeastern left the bases loaded again to end the third, still holding a 1-0 advantage. Southeastern pitcher Bryce Tassin finally escaped the inning which saw him give up three earned runs on four hits against five batters. Northwestern State then registered base hits in five straight at-bats, one for an RBI single and one to put a runner on second before Lenni Kunert singled through the right side. He ended up advancing to third on an errant throw which advanced Larson Fontenot home along with Luke Watson for a 3-1 Demon lead. Box Score | Photo Gallery | Tournament HomepageSUGAR LAND, Texas – For the first time since 2004, the No. 3 Northwestern State Demons are 2-0 to open the Southland Conference Baseball Tournament, doing so in dominant fashion with a 5-1 win over No. 2 Southeastern Louisiana. After failing to crack a strong opening eight innings from Southeastern pitcher Josh Green, NSU came alive in the top of the ninth for five runs. In the Lions’ last chance at the bottom of the ninth, Pigott struck out three to put the game away for the Demons, 5-1. Neither side’s hitters were able to get much going through the middle stages. Both teams combined for only five hits by the time the seventh inning came to end. Heading into the eighth, Newcomer of the Year Jerry Maddox had tossed six strikeouts while Josh Green fanned three while allowing just two hits from the Southeastern mound. Player of the Year David Fry sent a deep double base hit to center field and stole third on a wild pitch on the next at bat. NSU showed life as J.P. Lagreco slammed a line drive past second base to send Fry to the plate and tie the game at 1-1 with one out.