(Westwego, La.) Loyola University New Orleans used a walk off single from Karson Cullins with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh to take game one from Spring Hill College 2-1. The Wolf Pack fell 9-3 in game two at Segnette Field on Saturday afternoon.
Game 1: Loyola 2 Spring Hill 1
Loyola (16-13, 6-6 SSAC) struck first in the bottom of the third when Brandon Snow singled through third and short to reach base. Snow advanced to second on a wild pitch thrown by Paul Sullivan. Philip Cazayoux reached first on a bunt single, moving Snow to third. Another Sullivan wild pitch allowed both runners to advance, scoring Snow, the first run of the game to take the early 1-0 lead.
The Badgers (18-11, 9-6 SSAC) offense responded in the top of the sixth as Mykol Sostarich got things started with a single to shallow right field. Sostarich stole second during Taylor Eads’ at-bat and moved to third when Eads grounded out to second. Kyle Freeman recorded the second out of the inning with a ground out to short, bringing Cyrus Beermann to the plate. Beermann knocked in one run with an RBI single up the middle, allowing Sostarich to score and knot the game, 1-1.
Kevin Lindsey held Spring Hill scoreless in the top of the 7th and placed the game in the hands of the Wolf Pack offense. With the top of the order due up for the Pack, Snow led off the bottom of the inning with a double down the right field line. Cazayoux advanced Snow with a sacrifice bunt, putting the winning run at third base. Karson Cullins got the job done with a single to right which brought Snow home to seal the 2-1 victory for the home team.
Snow went two for three and plated both runs for the Wolf Pack. Cullins recorded two hits in three at-bats, reached base on one walk and drove in the winning run for Loyola.
Lindsey (4-3) earned the complete game victory, allowing one run on nine hits. He recorded one strikeout and no walks.
Paul Sullivan tossed 3.1 innings and gave up one run on five hits and two walks. Johnathan Billings (0-1) allowed two hits, one run and four walks in three innings pitched and was tagged with the loss.
Game 2: Loyola 3 Spring Hill 9
Loyola (16-13, 6-6) fell behind in the 1st inning as Spring Hill (18-11, 8-6) pushed two runs across as the first four batters reached base safely. Sims singled up the middle to lead off the game before stealing second base and going to third on a balk by Loyola starter Joel Buhler. Garrett Webb singled to shortstop and beat the throw to first to allow Sims to come home. After Sostarich walked, Eads hit a single to score Webb, but Philip Cazayoux gunned down Sostarich trying to go from first to third on the play. Buhler got out of the jam by inducing a 4-6-3 double play from Kyle Freeman.
The Pack answered in the bottom half of the inning when Snow led off with a single. He stole second base and went to third on Cazyoux’s groundout to second. Snow came in to score when Cullins sent a single through the left side of the infield.
The Pack tied the game at two in the third inning as Cazayoux led off with one of his three walks. Nicholson was hit by a pitch and LoSauro singled to left to load the bases. However, Cullins followed by grounding into a double play to bring Cazayoux home and tie up the score.
The game remained even until the seventh inning when Spring Hill pushed two runs across. Cyrus Beerman walked to chase Buhler from the game to lead off the frame. Blake Toscano laid down a sacrifice bunt before Caleb Bohan caught Bobinger looking on a called strike three. With two outs, Sims reached base on a bobble by Harold Toscano which moved Beerman’s pinch runner Austyn Jacques over to third. Toscano tried to throw behind Jacques but the ball went into the dugout allowing Jacques to score the go-ahead run. Sims moved to second and scored as Webb lined a single to right field.
Spring Hill added five runs in the ninth inning as Jacques, Bobinger, and Sims walked the bases loaded. Webb collected two RBI’s with a single to centerfield. Eades followed by crushing a ball over the left field fence for his eighth home run of the year.
The Pack would take one back in the ninth as Cazayoux and pinch hitter Daniel Pappas both walked. Cullins singled to left to load the bases. Reaney lofted a ball to center to score Cazayoux on a sacrifice fly.
Buhler (2-4) took the loss as he pitched 6+ innings and surrendered three runs, two earned runs on six hits and four walks. The sophomore struck out six before being relieved by Bohan. Bohan pitched one inning giving up one hit and one unearned run. Thurman worked a perfect eighth before allowing two hits, three walks, and five earned runs in the ninth inning.
Jack Howard (4-1) pitched seven innings while only allowing five hits, two runs, and four walks. He had six strikeouts. Brady Hitt collected his second save of the season as he pitched two innings and allowed two hits, two walks and one run.
The Wolf Pack offense received a 2 for 5 day from Snow with one run. Cazayoux scored twice in addition to his three walks. LoSauro was 2 for 4 with a RBI.
Spring Hill’s Sims scored three runs as he went 1 for 3 with two walks. Webb tallied two runs and four RBI’s as he went 3 for 5 at the plate. Eades was 2 for 5 with one run and four RBI’s on his home run blast.
The Wolf Pack will hit the road as they continue conference play next weekend against Belhaven University. The teams will play at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 21st before a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday, March 22nd.