(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans used a five run second inning to break open the first game of the three game set on their way to a 11-4 victory over Truett-McConnell College. Kevin Lindsey collected the win as he allowed only three hits while working six shutout innings.
Nevin Brown opened the second inning with a double, then Brandon Snow, Philip Cazayoux, and Karson Cullins followed with singles. Then Evan Turkish collected two RBI’s with the bases loaded single through the right side of the infield. After a pitching change, Bradley Brunet singled to score Carmelo LoSauro and increase the Pack’s lead to 6-0.
The Pack scored a run in the first inning as Snow, Cazayoux, and Cullins opened the game with singles. Cullins had his first of two RBI’s on the day as he knocked in Snow from second.
Loyola added two more runs in the third inning as Brown singled and Garrett Lacour doubled to put two runners in scoring position. Cazayoux grounded to short, but Brett Clifton’s wild throw allowed Brown and Lacour to score.
Loyola tacked on three runs in the sixth inning as LoSauro doubled home Karson Cullins. Turkish singled LoSauro to third. LoSauro scored as pinch hitter Lance Licciardi singled up the middle. Turkish then scored as Cameron Choquette grounded into a double play.
Truett-McConnel scored four runs in the seventh inning as they had two walks with the bases loaded and then an errant throw allowed two more runners to cross the plate in the inning.
Lindsey (4-7) struck out two in his six innings, before Cameron Retif replaced him. Retif had trouble finding the strike zone as he walked two and hit two batters while only getting one out. Michael Pfister replaced Retif, working 1.2 innings only allowing one walk while striking out three. Tony Asta worked the last inning without allowing a hit and striking out two.
Alex Jordan (1-3) earned the loss as he allowed nine hits and six runs while only pitching 1.1 innings. Austin Simpson relieved Jordan by pitching 3.2 innings and allowing six hits, five runs, and two earned runs. Aaron Moorehead
Eight of Loyola’s nine starting position players collected a hit. Eight players scored runs and seven collected RBI’s. Snow finished with three hits in five at bats as he scored two runs and a RBI. Cullins also had three hits with two runs and two RBI’s. Brown had two hits and two runs from the eight spot in the order.
Truett-McConnell only had three hits on the day as Jonathan Riordan, Brett Clifton, and P.D. Foster each had one hit. Foster had a run and a RBI.
Will Macaluso threw out the first pitch at Friday’s camo game. Macaluso is a former baseball player for the Wolf Pack and member of the 2002 GCAC Championship team. He graduated from Loyola in 2004 and became a Fighter Pilot in the Louisiana National Guard. Macaluso also presented a flag to Loyola Head Coach Doug Faust and the Loyola baseball program that he flew aboard an F-15C Eagle on a mission while deployed to southwest Asia.
Camouflage jerseys from Friday’s game are available through a silent auction until the end of the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader
Loyola (13-33, 6-19) will play their last two home games of the season on Saturday as they continue their series with Truett-McConnell (7-30, 4-18). Game one of the doubleheader will start at 1:00 p.m. at Segnette Field. Loyola will honor Tony Asta, Jared Belmonte, Bradley Brunet, Jeffrey Castillel, Richard Dempsey, Justin Romaire, Evan Turkish, Jake Weinstock, and student assistant coach Braden LaRuffa prior to game one.