WESTWEGO, La. – The Loyola offense came alive on Saturday, slugging its way to a double-header sweep of Thomas University to take the series win over the Night Hawks.
The Wolfpack (6-7) earned a five-inning win over TU in game one, scoring at least two runs in each inning en route to a 13-3 victory. The ‘Pack scored in five of its six offensive innings, coming from behind late to beat the Night Hawks (6-3) in the nightcap, 9-7. Tyler Duplantis led the attack for LU, collecting four hits and seven RBIs in the double-header. George Smith and Taylor Domengeaux threw complete games to earn two wins for the ‘Pack.
In game one, after Thomas got ahead 1-0 in the top of the first, the Wolfpack responded with two runs of its own in the bottom half. Garrett Lacour, Domengeaux and Ryan Scott each reached base to lead off the inning. Chris May and Duplantis each picked up RBIs as they hit into groundouts, plating Lacour and Domengeaux.
The Wolfpack exploded for five runs in the second as they sent 11 hitters to bat. Domengeaux and May each picked up an RBI in the inning, Duplantis had a two-RBI single, and May also scored on a wild pitch.
LU added three runs to its lead in each of the next two innings. Lacour, Domengeaux and May each drew walks. With the bases loaded, Duplantis reached on an error, and Lacour scored. Karson Cullins followed that up with a two-run single.
Bradley Brunet, Lacour, Domengeaux, and Scott loaded the bases, each drawing a walk. May was hit by a pitch, driving one run in. Duplantis and Cullins each drove in a run as the ‘Pack kept the bases loaded for most of the inning.
Smith earned the win for Loyola, pitching five innings to take the complete game in the shortened mercy-rule game. Duplantis hit five RBIs for LU, while Cullins and May each added three.
Domengeaux took the mound in game two, holding the Night Hawks to one run in the first and keeping TU scoreless over the next two frames.
The Wolfpack offense went ahead in the bottom of the first. Lacour led off with a seeing-eye single through the left side of the infield, Slade Sanders reached first by a hit-by-pitch, and Scott loaded the bases with a bloop single to left field. Duplantis then came to the plate and hit a single to right, plating two Wolfpack runners. Scott later scored off of a Skyler Sopotnick wild pitch.
Loyola extended its lead in the third inning when Evan Turkish’s sac fly to center plated May. Thomas went on to produce three runs in each of the next two innings, thanks in part to five Night Hawk hits and an LU error.
Down 7-5 in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Wolfpack offense came alive. Three of LU’s first four hitters reached base to lead the inning off. Duplantis scored off of Steve Daigle Jr.’s single to shallow right field. Lacour followed that up with a single to right, sending both Turkish and Daigle home to take the 8-7 lead.
The ‘Pack added an insurance run in the sixth, as Greg Bellelo led off with a double and Scott drove him home with a single to left.
Domengeaux pitched all seven innings for Loyola, earning the complete game and his first win of 2011. Lacour, Scott and Duplantis each had two hits to lead LU’s offensive attack.
Loyola will take to the road next weekend to play its first games away from Segnette Field this season. The Wolfpack will play a double-header against Christian Brothers University on Saturday, Feb. 19 starting at noon. The next day the two teams will play another game at noon.
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