(Westwego, La.) Loyola University New Orleans used a complete game effort from Joel Buhler to split a doubleheader against William Carey University on Saturday afternoon at Segnette Field. Loyola fell 2-0 in the opener before they rode Buhler to a 5-1 win in the second game.
Game 1: Loyola 0 William Carey 2
Kevin Lindsey and Gavin Culpepper had an old-fashioned pitchers’ duel as the two combined to allow eight hits and no runs through the first six innings of Saturday’s opener.
Culpepper (4-2) earned the win as he only allowed five hits and two walks in seven innings of work. Culpepper struck out one as he kept the Pack off the scoreboard as the Pack stranded five runners in scoring position
Kevin Lindsey (4-5) made it through six innings while only allowing three hits. He sat down 10 straight batters in the early frames. However, Jeremy Ferguson started the seventh inning with a triple to right centerfield. Michael Coelho lifted a sacrifice fly into centerfield to score Ferguson and provide the breakthrough in a scoreless game. Later,Vito Perna walked, Clint Ambrosch singled, and DJ Johnson brought home Perna’s pinch runner JC Cassidy with a single through the left side of the infield. That would be all Culpepper needed in earning the win.
Lindsey’s final line was 6.2 innings while allowing seven hits, two walks, two runs, and striking out three. Connor Thurman recorded the final out for the Wolf Pack.
Loyola’s best chance of the game came in the first inning as Phil Cazayoux walked and Daniel Pappas singled to left to leadoff the game. Brandon Snow laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners to second and third. Jack Nicholson hit a screamer, but it was right at the second baseman Johnson. Karson Cullins followed with a groundout.
Snow and Pappas each collected two hits for Loyola while Nicholson had one knock. Harold Toscano and Cazayoux earned walks.
Scott Fabre had two hits to lead the Crusaders. Johnson was 1 for 4 with a RBI. Coelho was 0 for 1 at the plate with a RBI and a walk. Ferguson was 1 for 3 with the go ahead run.
Game 2: Loyola 5 William Carey 1
Buhler (3-5) earned the victory by pitching nine innings and striking out seven Crusaders. The sophomore from Mandeville, surrendered eight hits, three walks, and only one run.
Buhler worked around trouble in the first three innings as he allowed two runners in the first and second frames. He allowed two hits and a walk to load the bases in the third inning, but he recorded two straight strikeouts to get out of the jam.
The Pack (18-19, 7-11) provided run support in the second inning as Nicholson led off the inning with a single to right field. He moved to second on a wild pitch and to third on Carmelo LoSauro’s single to left. Nevin Brown reached on a walk to load the bases for Toscano. Toscano hit a ground ball at the shortstop the Crusaders tried to turn an inning ending double play. However, Brown’s takeout slide forced DJ Johnson into a wild throw towards first allowing Nicholson and LoSauro to score.
Loyola added another in the fourth inning as Nicholson again started the inning with a single, this time up the middle. He moved to second on a LoSauro groundout and scored when Brown hit a single back up the middle.
William Carey (19-18, 9-9) pulled one back in the fifth inning as Sean Hodges singled and moved to second on a wild pitch. He moved to third on a groundout by Larson Barkurn. Ferguson then scored Hodges on a single to deep right centerfield.
Loyola added two more runs in the seventh when Cazayoux started the rally with a one out walk. Lance Licciardi and Brandon Snow followed with walks to load the bases. Cullins hit a two out single through the hold between the third baseman and the shortstop to score Cazayoux and Licciardi’s courtesy runner, Andrew Fournet.
Brandt Bourgeois (2-1) took the loss as he gave up four hits, three runs, two earned, and two walks in 3.2 innings of work. Tyler Kittrell followed with 1.2 innings of shutout baseball. Cody Deckwa surrendered two runs on one hit and three walks in 1.1 innings. Jace Belcher secured the last four outs despite giving up one hit and two walks.
Nicholson was 2 for 3 with two runs to lead the Pack offense. Cullins had a 2 for 4 game with two RBI’s. Brown was 1 for 3 with 1 RBI.
Hodges led the Crusaders attack with a 3 for 4 game while adding one run. Ferguson was 2 for 3 with one RBI and one walk.
The Wolf Pack will return to action on Monday, March 31st as they play a doubleheader against Dallas Christian. First pitch at Segnette Field is scheduled for 3 p.m.