NEW ORLEANS, La. - Ryan Scott and Taylor Domengeaux each had a pair of RBIs for the Loyola University baseball team, but the production could not keep up with 20th-ranked Faulkner University's offense, as the Eagles won a doubleheader over the Wolfpack, 9-1 and 12-4.
Faulkner (37-9) got on the board in the second inning, as two unearned runs crossed the plate. A failed pickoff attempt resulted in Jonathan Gober reaching third base. John Gunnels then drove Gober home with a single. Gunnels scored on a fielder's choice later in the inning.
Loyola (15-32) responded with a run in the third. Bradley Brunet and Slade Sanders reached base on two-out walks. Taylor Domengeaux then reached base on a dropped infield popup, which scored pinch runner Philip Cazayoux.
Up 2-1 in the third, Faulkner went on to add runs in each of the next three innings, building the lead to 9-1. While relief pitcher Hunter Tyree came in and provided 3.1 innings of scoreless baseball, the Wolfpack could not get on the board, as the Eagles' pitching staff did not allow any hits after the fourth inning.
R.L. Eisenbach (10-1) earned the win, allowing one unearned run in six innings. George Smith (3-7) took the loss after giving up four earned runs over 4.2 frames.
Loyola went ahead early in the sequel. Cazayoux and Domengeaux led off by reaching base. Scott then came up to bat and hit a double to left-center field, bringing home both runners. After Tyler Duplantis singled and moved Scott over to third, Evan Turkish hit a single to center field, sending Scott home and giving the 'Pack a 3-0 advantage.
Facing their first deficit of the series, the Eagles proceeded to score 12 straight runs over the next six innings. Among Faulkner's highlights were a four-run second inning, a Michael Clayton RBI double and eight RBI singles.
Loyola got its offense going again in the bottom of the seventh, but it was not enough to overcome the deficit. Trey Sofio, Steve Daigle and Slade Sanders led off the inning by loading up the bases. Domengeaux hit into a groundout, but Sofio was able to score from third. Another couple groundouts ended the threat and sent Faulkner home the winners of game two.
Jacob Simmons (8-2) gave up three earned runs in the winning effort for Faulkner. Logan Peterson (1-9) took the decision for the 'Pack.
The games were played at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium on the campus of Tulane University, as Segnette Field, Loyola's usual home field, is currently undergoing turf installation. Members of LU's 20th Anniversary Baseball Team were honored in an on-field ceremony before game one. Many friends and family members of students and alumni were on hand to celebrate Family Day 2011 with the baseball team.
The final game of the series will be played on Sunday at 1 p.m. It will be the final home game of the 2011 season, and baseball student-athletes Domengeaux, Scott and Carl Labit will be recognized as this year's graduating seniors. The game will again be held at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.
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