(Jackson, Miss.) Loyola University New Orleans outfielder Karson Cullins had a grand slam and seven RBI’s in game one of a doubleheader against Tougaloo College as Loyola won 13-4. Tougaloo took game two 13-3 at the Coleman Sports Complex.
Game 1: Loyola 13 Tougaloo 4
The Wolf Pack jumped in front in the first inning as Philip Cazayoux started the game with a walk and stole second base. Brandon Snow lined a single up the middle to score Cazayoux. Jack Nicholson followed with a double deep in the left field corner which put runners on second and third. A balk by starter Michael Glasper brought Snow home. Nicholson would score as Cullins dropped a single into left-centerfield.
Tougaloo took one back in the third inning as Corlis Oliver scored on a stolen base with bases loaded. However, two straight groundouts to a drawn in Nicholson at third base allowed Stewart Campbell to escape the jam.
Loyola tacked on five runs in the fifth inning as Cazayoux lofted a single down the left field line and Daniel Pappas walked. Brandon Snow laid down a bunt towards third base and reached to load the bases. Nicholson walked to bring home Cazayoux, before Cullins launched a grand slam over the left field fence.
Tougaloo answered with one run in the fifth before Loyola added four in the sixth inning. Cazayoux led off the inning with a double before moving to third on a Daniel Pappas flyout. Brandon Snow walked to put runners on the corners. Nicholson followed with a single to bring home Cazayoux. Cullins hit a seeing eye single through the right side of the infield to bring home Snow. Nicholson scored on a wild pitch before Cullins came home on Harold Toscano’s shot to centerfield.
Loyola added a run in the seventh as Cullins was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Cullins was 3 for 4 with two runs and seven RBI’s. Nicholson was 2 for 2 with three runs, two RBI’s and three walks. Snow had a 2 for 3 game with three runs and a RBI. Cazayoux set the table as he was 2 for 2 with three runs from the top spot in the order. Toscano and Garrett Lacour were both 1 for 4 as Toscano picked up a RBI and Lacour crossed the plate once.
Joshua Swords was 1 for 4 with a RBI. Emmanuel Frias scored once and went 2 for 4. Jasper Games and Timothy Jackson each collected one hit and one RBI. Lige Mims and Oliver both scored once.
Campbell (3-3) pitched 5.0 innings and gave up six hits and two runs while striking out three. Jordan Green pitched an inning of relief and gave up one unearned run on two walks. Paul Roppolo gave up three hits and a run in pitching the final inning.
Glasper (1-4) gave up seven runs, five hits, and six walks in 4+ innings as he took the loss. Alexander Sanders allowed three hits, two walks, and four runs in working 1.1 innings. Adam McPhail surrendered three hits, two runs, and two walks in 1.2 frames.
Game 2: Loyola 3 Tougaloo 13
Loyola (17-17) took a 1st inning lead in game two after Lance Licciardi reached first base on a passed ball strike three. His courtesy runner, Garrett Lacour, went to second on a wild pitch and then came home to score on Nicholson’s RBI to centerfield.
Tougaloo scored in the second inning as Tony Mitchell singled and stole second base. Tim Jackson singled to third which moved Mitchell over to third. Jackson then attempted to steal second which drew a throw from Loyola pitcher Caleb Bohan. Mitchell was able to steal home as Jackson retreated to first.
Blake Battle had the key hit in a two run fourth inning as he dropped a single into right field with the bases loaded. The rally started with two outs as Brian Reaney walked and Allen Newman reached on a bunt as the catcher’s throw drew the first baseman off the bag. Alexander Lorenzo followed with a single through the hole at shortstop to load up the bases and queue Battle’s two RBI single.
Tougaloo plated five runs in the fifth inning as James started the inning by singling to short and going to second on Battle’s wild throw. Frias followed with a walk before Mitchell singled to load the bases. That ended Bohan’s day on the mound as Nick Moore replaced him. Mims singled to right to score Jasper James and Frias and tie up the score. Jackson followed with a walk, and the Bulldogs would take the lead when Bowie followed with a single to right to score Mitchell. Malik Richard singled in the next at bat to score Oliver. Jackson scored the fifth run as he came home from third on a wild pitch by Moore.
The Bulldogs added seven more in the sixth inning against Connor Thurman. Marcus Brumfield, Joshua Swords, and Dustin Porter each singled to load the bases. Riki Vazquez doubled to plate two, then Joshua Thomas doubled to bring home two more. Frias laced the team’s third consecutive double to bring home Thomas. After two groundouts and a hit by pitch there were runners on second and third. Brumfield knocked in Frias and Luis Rodriguez to end the scoring.
Bohan (1-1) pitched three innings and gave up four hits and four runs while striking out four and taking the loss. Nick Moore gave up two earned runs on four hits and three walks in two frames. Thurman surrendered seven hits and seven runs in the sixth inning.
John Alford (2-5) earned the win as he pitched a complete game while allowing five hits, three runs, and one earned run. He struck out five Wolf Pack players.
Nicholson went 1 for 4 with a RBI. Alexander Lorenzo collected two hits and fellow freshman Blake Battle went 1 for 3 with two RBI’s.
Tougaloo (7-19-1) received hits from 12 different players. Brumfield, Mitchell, and Frias each had two hits. Vasquez, Thomas, Mims, and Brumfield each had 2 RBI’s while Frias and Mitchell scored twice.
The Wolf Pack will return to action this weekend as they take on William Carey University in a three game series at Segnette Field. First pitch will be at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 28th and 1 p.m. for a doubleheader on Saturday, March 29th.