Lindsey stymies Blue Mountain offense

Sat, 02/22/2014

(Westwego, La.) Loyola University New Orleans right hander Kevin Lindsey gave up only three hits in a 3-1 complete game victory over Blue Mountain College on Saturday afternoon at Segnette Field.

The Wolf Pack struck first as Jack Nicholson led off the second inning with a double down the left field line. Nevin Brown plated Nicholson with a one out single to right to give Loyola the 1-0 early advantage.

The Toppers responded with a two out rally in the third. Trae Allison reached on a two base error by Loyola leftfielder Alexander Lorenzo. Josh Crowder followed with a grounder up the middle that was gloved by Brandon Snow, but the throw to first was wide and Allison scored from second to tie the contest 1-1.

In the fifth, BMC threatened as Thomas Russell doubled to left center field with two outs. Lindsey squelched the Topper trouble striking out Allison to end the inning.

Loyola finally broke through in their half of the eighth as pinch hitter Allen Newman singled with one out. BMC starter Adam Berryhill walked Loyola shortstop Blake Battle. After Newman and Battle stole second and third, Snow flew out to center allowing Newman to score. Garrett LaCour followed with a single that pushed Battle across to give the Pack the 3-1 lead.

Lindsey (3-1) notched his second complete game in his fourth start this season. The Baton Rouge native entered with a 0.55 ERA on the season and gave up one unearned run on the afternoon. He made quick work of the Topper hitters throwing only 98 pitches in his nine innings and striking out five.

Berryhill (0-2) took the loss for Blue Mountain (1-9, 0-6 SSAC) giving up three runs on four hits, while striking out four. He walked two Wolf Pack hitters. Justin Whittaker led at the plate going 2 for 4.

The series sweep moves Loyola into a tie for third place in the SSAC standings- a game behind Brewton Parker in second and a game and a half behind conference leader Faulkner.

The Wolf Pack will return to action on Monday against Georgia Gwinnett at Segnette Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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