(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans used a six run second inning to jump out to a lead and eventually defeat Blackburn College 11-7 at John Ryan Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Blackburn opened the scoring in the first inning as Franklin Bush reached on a fielders’ choice and stole second before taking third on the catcher’s errant throw, Bush scored on Donny Furhop’s groundout. They added another run in the top of the second as Jon Lowry doubled down the right field line and scored as Aaron Moody singled to right.
Loyola scored six runs in the second inning as Britt Pellegrin doubled and Evan Turkish tripled with one out. Bradley Brunet and Nevin Brown singled up the middle in consecutive at bats. Philip Cazayoux was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score Brunet and Karson Cullins singled to score Brown and Snow. Then Cullins stole second which drew a throw and allowed Cazayoux to steal home to complete a six run inning.
The Beavers added two runs in the third inning, but the Wolf Pack answered with two runs of their own in the fourth inning as Karson Cullins doubled to right field to score Snow and Cazayoux. The Beavers answered with another run in the fifth inning.
The Wolf Pack were able to score three runs in the seventh inning as Pappas reached on a walk and and scored on a throwing error by the Beavers’ third baseman Cody Flowers on Brown’s grounder. Two batters later, Snow laced a double down the left filed line to score Brown, and Lacour scored on Cazayoux’s sacrifice fly.
Blackburn (0-4) was able to add a run in the eighth and ninth innings to make the final score 11-7.
Cullins went 2 for 5 for the Wolf Pack as drove in four teammates on the day. Cazayoux was 1 for 2 at the plate with two runs and two RBI’s. Snow went 2 for 3 with two walks, two runs, and a RBI. Brown, who entered the game with two hits on the year, had a 3 for 4 day with two runs and a RBI for the Pack.
Donny Furhop drove in three Beavers in his 1 for 5 evening. Flowers went 2 for 2 at the dish with a RBI and a walk. Jon Lowry went 2 for 4 with two runs and a RBI, while leadoff hitter Jacob Conder scored two runs despite an 0 for 3 game.
Michael Pfister started and pitched two innings for the Pack while allowing three hits, four walks, four earned runs, and three runs. Justin Romaire (1-0) earned the victory as he pitched three innings while only allowing three hits and one run. Four different Loyola pitchers came out of the bullpen to pitch four innings while allowing two hits and two runs with five strikeouts.
Cody Unser (0-1) started and pitched four innings for the Beavers while allowing nine hits, two walks, and eight runs. Vinnie Birk took over and pitched three innings with four hits three runs, one earned run and two strikeouts before Tyler Gosnell pitched the final inning.
Loyola (9-20) will be back in action on Friday afternoon as they head to Marietta, Georgia to take on Southern Polytechnic state in a three game series. First pitch on Friday is at 12:00 p.m. central time with the Saturday doubleheader slated to start at 11:00 a.m.