Former Riverside football and baseball standout Tate Scioneaux has been named the Southland Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player after helping Southeastern to a 9-4 win over Central Arkansas earning the Lions their first trip the NCAA Division I Tournament in 20 years.
Scioneaux, came into the game in the fourth inning to stop the UCA hitting. The Bears scored four runs before Scioneaux entered the game. The right-hander pitched over five innings of shutout ball, giving up only four hits and a walk while striking out eight Bears. For the tournament, Scioneaux pitched 11 innings of scoreless ball while striking out 12 hitters and only surrendering nine hits and two walks. Scioneaux threw 91 pitches to pick up his first save of the year.
The No. 5 seed Lions (37-23) claimed its first title after reaching the championship game the previous two seasons, including a 4-0 loss in last year's championship to the Bears.
Scioneaux went into the Southland Conference Tournament having started all 15 of his appearances with a 7-6 record and 3.27 ERA.