After a scoreless first inning, the game was suspended due to lightning in the area from 12:30 PM to 1:55 PM.BSB: @GeauxColonels and @sluathletics set to resume at 1:55 pm. #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/hX5gAN1tu3— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 23, 2018 After 100 pitches and four earned runs allowed through the first six innings, Nicholls’ Alex Ernestine made way for Christian Bahlinger while Trey Shaffer took over on the Lions’ mound for Corey Gaconi in the seventh. Gaconi forced 13 fly outs and five groundouts while striking out three. Box Score | ESPN+ Replay | Highlights | Photo Gallery | Tournament HomepageSUGAR LAND, Texas – The No. 2 Southeastern Louisiana Lions held off a late charge from No. 7 Nicholls to earn 4-2 win in round one and advance in the Southland Conference Baseball Tournament. With two outs at the bottom of the sixth, the Lions extended their lead on a two-run homer deep to left center from Daniel Wasinger. Southeastern would take a 4-0 advantage to the final three innings.BSB: Minus last night’s Southland Home Run Derby, Wasinger delivered the first dinger of the tournament in the 6th. 2-run shot made it 4-0 @Lions_Baseball over Nicholls.#LionUp #DirtyRed #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/osYKOGRHFg— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 23, 2018 Gaconi earned the win to improve to 7-1 on the season, allowing six hits through 29 batters faced. Shaffer pitched one and gave up Nicholls’ first run on an RBI double in the top of the ninth before being replaced by Jared Biddy. Another base hit from Ethan Valdez brought Gage Teer home to make it a 4-2 game with two outs and the tying runs on first and second. A line drive from Joey Morales nearly found its way through to center field but was nabbed at shortstop to seal a 4-2 win for Southeastern.BSB: @Nicholls_BASE couldn’t complete the rally. Morales lined out to Breaud for the final [email protected]_Baseball 4, Nicholls 2. SLU advances to 4 pm Thursday game vs. @NSUDemonsBSB. Colonels get @McNeeseBaseball at 9 am Thursday. pic.twitter.com/AE6UJKHfnu— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 23, 2018 The Colonels had a chance to pull within one run but left Joey Morales on third as they closed out the top of the sixth inning. Southeastern would score first out of the delay at the bottom of the second as Evan Pace grounded out to shortstop to send Kyle Schimpf home for a 1-0 Lion lead. After three quiet innings, SLU struck again at the bottom of the fifth, as a line drive double to center field from Cody Grosse plated the 2-0 run. The Lions move on to face No. 3 Northwestern State tomorrow at 4 p.m. CT while Nicholls will face No. 6 McNeese at 9 a.m. in the first elimination game.