(Baton Rouge, La.) Loyola University New Orleans baseball fell 8-2 to Southern University on Tuesday evening at Lee-Hines Field in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Loyola took a brief lead in the first inning as Brandon Snow doubled to lead off the game. Allen Newman pinch ran for Snow and took third on a wild pitch. Then, Karson Cullins reached on an error which allowed Newman to score.
However Southern answered in the bottom half of the inning as Brian Rowry singled with runners on first and second to tie the game. Then Jose De La Torre hit a three run home run with two outs to put Southern up for good.
The Jaguars added three more runs in the second inning as Gavin Webster led off the inning with a double and then scored on Tyler Kirksey’s double. DJ Wesley followed with a two run home run to spot Southern with a six run lead after two innings.
The Wolf Pack pulled a run back in the sixth inning as Bradley Brunet led off the inning with a hit by pitch. Brunet moved to second on a Britt Pellegrin groundout, and then scored on a Nevin Brown single to center.
Southern added an insurance run in the eighth inning when Marcus Tomlin singled to score Kirksey who led off the inning with his second double of the game.
Joel Buhler (2-5) started for the Wolf Pack and pitched two innings giving up six hits and seven runs while striking out two Jaguars. Jared Belmonte pitched four shutout innings, allowing three hits and three walks while striking out three. Tony Asta allowed an unearned run in the eighth inning on two hits. Connor Thurman allowed one hit in pitching a scoreless ninth.
Camilo Godoy (1-3) pitched five innings as he allowed one run on five hits and three walks. Victor Ilarranza followed by allowing a run in .2 of an inning. Santos Saldivar pitched 1.1 perfect innings while getting three outs via strikeouts. Zephan Rochelle and Josh Powell each pitch a scoreless inning to finish the game.
Seven different Wolf Pack players collected hits. Brown had a 2 for 4 game with an RBI. Newman went 1 for 3 with a walk and a run after replacing Snow in the lineup. Philip Cazayoux, Evan Turkish, and Dylan Roudolfich each reached base twice with a walk and a hit.
Wesley went 1 for 5 but scored twice while collecting two RBI’s on a home run. Webster had three hits, while Kirksey and Kevin Williams each had two hits for the Jaguars.
Loyola will return to action on Friday at 6:00 p.m. as they will open their final conference series of the season against Spring Hill. They will follow that with a doubleheader on Saturday with first pitch slated for 1:00 p.m. at Stan Galle Field.