MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Loyola University baseball team led until the bottom of the seventh inning, but a five-run rally by Christian Brothers University finished off the Wolfpack, as they fell 8-5 to the Bucs.
Steve Daigle, Jr. had a double and two runs scored, while Evan Turkish reached base safely on three occasions. Four Wolfpack hitters drove runs in on the afternoon.
CBU (5-2) went on top first when Caleb Burrow hit a one-out single with runners on the corners in the bottom of the second. LU (6-10) tied it up at 1 in the next inning when Daigle crossed the plate after Taylor Domengeaux hit into an error with two outs.
The ‘Pack took its first lead of the game in the fourth when Brandon Snow drove in Karson Cullins from second with a single to right field.
Loyola tallied on two more runs in the top of the fifth. Four straight batters reached base for the Wolfpack to lead off the inning. Daigle hit a double down the left field line to start things off. Garrett Lacour was then hit by a pitch, and Domengeaux reached on a fielders choice sac bunt that the Buc defense failed to record an out on. Ryan Scott then reached base on another CBU error, plating Daigle from third. Lacour reached home on a Tyler Duplantis groundout.
Down 4-1, the Christian Brothers offense scored twice on a Lans Hardin double in the sixth. They added five runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Domengeaux drew a bases-loaded walk in the eighth to bring the ‘Pack back within three.
Jeffery Castille took the mound, and retired the final four CBU batters in order. The Loyola comeback was snuffed out, though, as closer Jake Garbuzinski limited the Wolfpack to a Duplantis single in the top of the ninth.
Domengeaux (1-3) took the loss, giving up four earned runs over 6.2 innings. Alex Sikes (2-0) earned the win for CBU.
The Wolfpack next takes the field on Feb. 26 for a home double-header against Birmingham-Southern College. Game one’s first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Segnette Field in Westwego.
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