Westwego, La.- Loyola freshman first baseman Tyler Duplantis drove a bases loaded, one out, full count pitch up the gut to drive in Patrick Whelen and give the Wolfpack a 5-4 win in 12 innings over the Tougaloo Bulldogs Friday night at Segnette Field.
In an mistake-prone contest, Loyola let a 4-2 ninth inning lead evaporate via a pair of Wolfpack errors. Shortstop Taylor Domengeaux’s misplayed grounder allowed the lead-off batter, Derrick Singleton on. He eventually came around to score. With one out in the inning, Myron Gilmore laid down a sacrifice squeeze bunt, but Trey Campeaux’s throw to the plate was off line, allowing the tying run to score. Loyola couldn’t score in the bottom of the inning, forcing extras. There were eight total errors in the contest.
Whelen led off the 12th inning with a single down the left field line. A Taylor Domengeaux bunt looked to have Whelen in trouble as he ran to second, but reached safely when Bulldog second baseman Shayne Odum dropped pitcher Henry Green's throw, the Bulldog's third error of the night. After a pitching change, James Callahan's sacrifice bunt attempt popped up to the first baseman for the inning's first out. Pinch hitter Trey Sofio took a four pitch walk to load the bases, setting up Duplantis' walk-off single, his second RBI of the evening.
Freshman catcher Bradley Brunet broke out of a hitting slump, going three for four at the plate with a RBI in the win. Duplantis was Loyola's only other multi-hit batter, going two for five and the two RBIs.
The Wolfpack (4-9, 4-9 GCAC) got a solid pitching performance from starter Mike Kelly, who went 8.1 innings, giving up seven hits and four runs, though only one of which was earned. He also walked one and struck out nine though he didn't receive a decision. The win went to Trey Campeaux (1-0), who replaced Kelly in the ninth. Campeaux went 3.2 inning, allowing only two hits and no runs, striking out four in the process.
The Bulldogs (1-15, 0-10 GCAC) got a solid night at the plate from second baseman Shayne Odum, who went four of five with a RBI and a run scored. Catcher Josh Sherman got two hits in five plate appearances and came around to score a run.
Starting pitcher Richard McCrary went 3 innings, giving up two hits, two runs, both earned, walked seven and struck out two. Henry Green (0-1), who started the game as the designated hitter, picked up the loss in relief. Green went four innings, giving up two runs, one earned, and was responsible for Whelen when Duplantis got the game-winning hit.
These same two teams close out the GCAC series with a doubleheader Saturday. First pitch is set for 1 P.M. at Segnette Field.