(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans (3-4) fell 6-4 to the University of Mobile (3-1) in the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader.
Loyola fell behind 6-0 as the Rams did all of their damage in the 3rd inning off of starter Jared Belmonte. Philip McDuffie had the big hit a two run double down the right field line. The Wolf Pack defense committed four errors during the inning.
The Wolf Pack responded in the bottom half of the third inning as Kevin Lindsey knocked in his first career RBI as the team scored two runs on four hits in the inning. Loyola scored two more in the fourth inning as Tony Asta batted in Britt Pellegrin and John Nicholson to bring the Wolf Pack within two runs.
Loyola was looking to start a rally in the bottom of the seventh inning as Evan Turkish singled to short. Cullins followed by grounding out to the pitcher for the second out. Britt Pellegrin walked to put the tying run on base, before Nicholson struck out to end the game.
Belmonte (1-1) was charged with the loss while giving up four earned runs and two unearned. Jake Weinstock, Joel Buhler, and Conor Thurman combined to throw four innings of one hit ball in relief of Belmonte.
Cole Vaughn (1-0) started and earned the victory despite giving up four earned runs in three plus innings of work, but left runners on base in the fourth but Jacob Knowles was able to get out of the jam and pitch three innings of shutout baseball before Josh Hollingsworth came in to save the game, despite allowing two base runners in the seventh frame.
Asta went 2 for 3 with two RBI’s and a run to lead the Wolf Pack offense, while Freshman John Nicholson continued his hot start to the year by going 3 for 4 and adding a run.
Brady King went 2 for 3 with an RBI from the eighth spot in the lineup while leadoff hitter Jared Brannon went 2 for 4 with a run in the Rams victory.
Game 2: Mobile 10 Loyola 5
Loyola scored five runs in the first inning, but could not hold onto the lead as the Rams crossed the plate eight times in the seventh inning to escape Segnette field with a 10-5 victory in the second game of the doubleheader.
The Wolf Pack had a three run lead to start the final frame when Bruno walked to lead off the inning and Parazine hit a double to right-center to put two runners in scoring position. Bradley Brunet started the inning after working two scoreless innings, but the hits chased Brunet from the game, with Conor Thurman coming in to try to close it out.
Pinch hitter Travis Bowen roped a single to right which scored Alec Raley who was pinch running. However the crucial hit of the inning belonged to Justin Beck who was 0-13 on the season entering the day. Beck singled down the right field line to score Bowen as the tying run. Hamil singled later in the inning to score Beck and Brady King to give the Rams the lead and Thurman (0-1) took the loss.
Loyola jumped out to an early lead thanks to a five run first inning. The second batter, Brandon Snow doubled home Cazayoux and Carmelo LoSauro hit a double off the right field fence to score Snow and Cullins. Pellegrin singled home LoSauro and Daniel Pappas hit a sacrifice fly to score Pellegrin to account for all the Wolf Pack runs.
The Rams were able to pull two runs back in the fifth inning as Cameron Retif loaded the bases before Bradley Brunet replaced him. Michael Bruno hit a grounder to third, Nicholson tagged the bag and threw home, but did not get the runner in time. Knowles singled to left to score Parazine on the next play.
Michael Pfister started the game for the Wolf Pack and worked three scoreless innings despite three walks and two hits allowed.
Jeffrey Price and Josh Hollingsworth relieved Jordan Chase by throwing five innings of no-hit ball to keep the Rams close enough to pull out the late victory. Hollingsworth (1-0) picked up the win after Chase allowed five runs in his two innings of work.
The Wolf Pack had a balanced offense as six different players got hits. Five players knocked a runner in and five players scored a run.
Parazine went 3 for 4 to lead the rams with an RBI and two runs. Bruno contributed two RBI’s and a run on a 1 for 2 day.
The doubleheader was part of a non-conference series, but the SSAC rivals will meet up on March 1st and 2nd in Mobile for a three game set as part of the conference slate.
The Wolf Pack will be back in action as part of the Whataburger Classic on Friday, February 8th. They will kick off the tournament in Corpus Christ, TX with a game against Southeast Oklahoma State.