NEW ORLEANS, La. - Senior pitcher Taylor Domengeaux battled Faulkner starter Damon Porter to a scoreless game through four innings, but the 20th-ranked Eagles finally broke through in the fifth. Faulkner never surrendered the lead as they completed the sweep on Senior Day, 7-0.
Faulkner (36-9, 9-4 SSAC) threatened to get on the board in each of the first four innings, but Domengeaux was able to pitch out of jams on each occasion. In the first, Daniel Cayton led off with a double to the warning track that got past Loyola's (15-33, 5-10 SSAC) Slade Sanders in center field, but Sanders was able to hit the cutoff man who threw Cayton out trying to stretch the double into a triple.
In the next inning, the Eagles loaded the bases after a double and two walks, but Karson Cullins made a tough play in right field, stretching to catch a deep fly ball to make the third out of the inning that potentially saved three runs from crossing the plate. FU also left runners in scoring position in the third and fourth innings.
The Eagles finally got on the board in the fifth. No-out singles by Cayton and Michael Clayton turned into a pair of Eagles in scoring position after a groundout. With one away, Jonathan Gober singled through the middle of the infield, scoring Cayton and Clayton.
Clayton played the hero again in the sixth inning, slapping a ball into left field for a two-out double and bringing in two more runs. The first two batters were retired in the seventh, but a Loyola error kept the inning alive. Two runners would come around to score on RBI singles.
In the bottom of the seventh, Tyler Duplantis and Evan Turkish reached base with one-out singles. After a Garrett Lacour popup, Greg Bellelo hit a hard-hit ball almost straight up the middle, but a diving Kenny Miramontes made a big play and retired Turkish on the fielder's choice, preventing Duplantis from scoring Loyola's first run.
Senior Carl Labit Jr. came into the game in the eighth after Domengeaux tossed 144 pitches and retired the only batter he faced in the inning. He allowed a seeing-eye RBI single in the ninth, which was the only run he allowed on the afternoon.
Ryan Scott, the third senior on the team, kept the game alive in the bottom of the ninth with a single to left field, but a double play ended the threat.
Domengeaux (3-7) ended up striking out four Eagles and he allowed four earned runs. Damon (4-2) tossed eight scoreless innings to take the win.
Loyola's final series of the regular season will be played on Thursday and Friday in Mobile as it takes on Jesuit rival Spring Hill (13-33, 2-13 SSAC). Thursday's game will be broadcast live by the SSAC.
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