Hill and her SLU defense had given up just one hit through 6.2 innings before the Lady Demons’ first baseman Hayley Barbazon singled to third base. Hill forced the lineout to third on the next pitch to keep the Lions’ hopes of their first Southland tournament championship alive.Southeastern got off to a hot start early, plating six in the first three innings. Centerfielder Rebecca Skains scored Maddie Edmonston with a sacrifice fly to left field in the opening inning to give the Lions the 1-0 lead.SLU improved its lead to 2-0 in the second inning with catcher Ella Manzer hitting her first career home run, a shot to center field. Edmonston picked up an RBI single to second base to put the score at 3-0 before she scored herself a batter later after stealing second. Left fielder Kinsey Nichols singled to centerfield to bring Edmonston home. The Lions picked up runs five and six in the fourth inning off an error and Manzer’s single through the left side scoring right-fielder Ali McCoy. Tournament Central | Box ScoreLAKE CHARLES, La. – A gem in the circle for No. 4 Southeastern Louisiana eliminated No. 7 Northwestern State with a 6-0 win on Wednesday at the 2018 Southland Conference Softball Tournament at Joe Miller Field in Lake Charles, La.Lacey Hill delivered a complete game, two-hit performance for the Lions to send her team to live to see another day. The Lions will now face the winner of tonight’s game between No. 2 Stephen F. Austin and No. 8 Sam Houston State on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. CT. The Lions ended the game with eight hits and five RBIs with Edmonston, Manzer and third baseman Madison Watson each earning two hits in the game.