Loyola baseball announces 20th Anniversary Team

Mon, 04/11/2011

NEW ORLEANS, La. – Loyola University New Orleans baseball program will honor a 20th Anniversary team made up of former players who played for the Wolfpack since the program was reinstated 20 years ago. The team, consisting of 21 members, will be honored prior to Loyola’s game against Faulkner this Saturday at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium on the campus of Tulane University. First pitch is slated for Noon.

The festivities will be a part of Family Day hosted by the Loyola Alumni Association. Alumni, family, and friends of Loyola are invited to attend Saturday’s game. The cost is $15 and includes game tickets, as well as hamburgers, hot dogs, and soft drinks. Children under 12 eat and get into the game free. For more information on Family Day, please call Allison Waldron in Alumni Relations at 504.861.5789 or email awaldron@loyno.edu.

A member of Loyola’s program-reviving 1991 team, Jay Beatmann led the team in that initial campaign with a .360 batting average and 20 runs batted in. He also led the Wolfpack in doubles, home runs and slugging percentage. Beatmann currently sits in fifth place on Loyola’s all-time batting average list, with a .340 career average.

Primarily playing third base for the Wolfpack, Josh Borges was one of the most prolific hitters in Loyola history. In just two seasons, Borges is tied for second in career home runs with 18. He also has the highest career batting average, hitting at a .379 clip. In 2008, Borges set Loyola single season records with 67 RBI, 13 home runs and a .430 batting average. That same season he had 74 hits which is the third highest in a single season. In 2007, Borges hit five triples and 18 doubles which are second and fourth most in Loyola single season lists respectively.

Chad Crespo played for the ‘Pack in 1993-94, and was one of the team leaders in nearly every offensive category. Crespo led the team in home runs in each of his seasons in a Loyola uniform and left the university as the new era career leader in that category. Crespo led the team in hits, doubles and RBIs in 1993 and led in doubles and RBIs in 1994.

Playing for the Wolfpack from 1998-2001, Tommy Daigle anchored the Loyola infield at second base. Daigle is tied for third in runs scored for a season with 50 in 2001. He is second in career runs scored with 145. Daigle was a member of the 2000 team that set the school record for wins in a season and was selected to the All-GCAC team in 2001.

Kevin Fontenot began his Loyola career in 2006, playing four seasons as a pitcher, outfielder and catcher. Fontenot has the distinction of having set Loyola records both on the basepaths and the pitcher’s mound. He ranks as the all-time leader in stolen bases with 90 (in just 103 attempts) and saves with 12. Fontenot has the first and fourth best seasons in Loyola history in the stolen bases category, as he stole 24 bags in 2010 and a school-record 43 in 2008. He recorded the third-highest season total in saves, when he secured five games in 2010. He also holds the school record for most runs scored when he crossed home 59 times in 2008.

Scott Gremillion appeared as an outfielder and relief pitcher for the Wolfpack from 1998-2001. He is the all-time leader in triples with 13 in his career. Gremillion is second in saves with 7, and third in runs with 142 and home runs with 16. He is fifth on the all-time list in RBI with 111. In 2001, Gremillion set the single season record in saves with 7. In 2000, he had the second most triples in a season with 5. Gremillion was a member of 2000 team that set the record for wins in a season.

A four year letter winner for the Wolfpack from 2003-06, David Lauricella ranks among the best in several career offensive categories. The former first baseman is third in RBI with 115, fourth in at bats with 632, and fifth all-time with 200 career hits. Lauricella was an All-GCAC selection in 2006.

Playing for the Wolfpack from 1997-2000, catcher and closer David Lindsey is tied for third on Loyola’s career RBI list with 115. In 2000, he set the fourth highest mark in RBI for a single season with 51 and threw out an impressive 24 of 54 base stealers from behind the plate. Lindsey was a member of the 2000 team that set the school record for wins in a season. He is the only player to be drafted in the “New Era” of Loyola Athletics as he was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 29th round of the 2000 amateur draft and was selected All-GCAC during his career.

Arguably the most versatile player in Wolfpack history, Brian Mason excelled offensively and defensively while playing several infield and outfield positions during his time with the Wolfpack from 2005-08. Mason is third in all-time batting average with a .349 average and hits with 220, fourth with 133 career runs, and fifth in at-bats with 590. He was a two time All-GCAC team member. In 2008, Mason had the second highest batting average for a single season at .417.

Bryan McCaulley played for the Wolfpack from 2004-06. In 2006, McCaulley was named All-GCAC while hitting nine home runs which is fourth best on the Loyola single season list. Over the course of his career, McCaulley had a .344 batting average which is fourth in program history.

Outfielder Dave McChesney played for Loyola from 2009-10, providing instant offense for the Wolfpack lineup. McChesney was a career .333 hitter for Loyola. In his senior season, McChesney batted .321, led the team in hits (59), and was second on the team in doubles (11) and RBIs (34). McChesney was a patient hitter, drawing 28 walks in his career and striking out in less than seven percent of his plate appearances.

Jeff Mills pitched for the ‘Pack from 1993-96, leaving his mark throughout the Loyola record books. Among the highlights of his career, Mills held LSU scoreless for several innings in a late-season 1995 contest. Mills had one of the best seasons in Loyola history in 1996, earning eight wins on the mound (the second-highest total all-time) and leading the team with a 3.68 ERA and 69 strikeouts, good for third place on the Loyola all-time list. In his career, Mills pitched 290.1 innings and earned 19 wins, each putting him in third place among all LU pitchers.

A four year letter winner for Loyola, Ryan Moity roamed center field from 2001-04. He is the all-time leader in at-bats with 721, second in hits with 222 and doubles with 51. He is third with six triples and fifth with 131 career runs scored. His single season records include first in at-bats with 255, tied for fifth in hits (72), and tied for third in runs (50), all in 2002. Moity was a member of the 2000 that set the record for wins in a season and the 2002 GCAC Championship team.

Loyola Hall of Famer Doug Neill appeared in the maroon and gold from 1999-2002. During his career primarily as a first baseman, Neill finished as the all-time Wolfpack leader in runs scored (154), hits (226), doubles (54), and RBI (131). He is second in triples (8), home runs (18), and is third in at-bats (680). He has the second and third best single season marks in runs scored with 55 and 50. His 80 hits in 2002 are best all-time at Loyola. He also holds the fourth best mark with 73 base hits. Neill hit 10 home runs in 2002, third best in a single season. A two time All-GCAC honoree, the New Orleans native was a member of the 2000 team that set the school record for wins in a season and the 2002 GCAC Championship team. Neill was enshrined into the Loyola Hall of Fame in 2009.

One of the best defensive infielder’s in Loyola history, Andy Rodriguez played for Loyola from 2004-07 as a second baseman and shortstop. He is fourth on the all-time list with 217 career hits, second with 699 at-bats, and fourth in career doubles with 45. Rodriguez is tied for fifth for a single season with 72 hits. He was an All-GCAC selection in 2007.

Earning the most victories on the mound in a Loyola career, Scott Schenck pitched for the Wolfpack from 2000-03. His career average of 5.65 runs per game is tops in program history. He is second in three career pitching categories with 325 innings pitched, 205 strikeouts, and hits per game. In 2001, his eight wins and 106.1 innings pitched both rank second for a single season. That same year, he fanned 67 batters which is tied for fifth in Loyola history. Schenck, who also spent time in the Loyola outfield, was in the starting rotation for the 2000 team that set the record for wins in a season and the 2002 GCAC Championship team.

Leading the Wolfpack pitching staff in 2002, Brad Showalter set single season bests with 10 wins and 120.2 innings pitched on his way to being named All-GCAC. Playing from 2000-03, he ranks among the best all-time in five different pitching categories. He holds the record for innings pitched with 330, trails Schenck by only one win, and is second in ERA. He is also third in runs per game and fourth in strikeouts. As a freshman, he gave up a program best 3.64 runs per game, and in 2002 his 3.13 ERA ranks third for a single season. Showalter was in the starting rotation for the 2000 team that set the record for wins in a season and the 2002 GCAC Championship team.

George Sins played four seasons for the Wolfpack (1995-97, 1999). His breakout season came in his junior year when he hit .369 and led his team with five home runs. After redshirting during the 1998 season, Sins came back in top form, batting .351 and led the team in home runs (8) and RBIs (40). Sins ended his career with 13 home runs, 89 RBIs, 70 runs scored and a .312 batting average.

From 2001-02, Chad Stouder was a power hitting shortstop for the Wolfpack. In just two seasons, Stouder hit 16 career home runs which is fourth on the all time list. He is fifth with 38 doubles. His 11 home runs in 2001 is the second most in a single season for Loyola. That same year he had 48 RBI which is tied for fifth on the single season list. In 2002, he had a program best 23 doubles. He was a member of the 2002 GCAC Championship team.

The all-time career home run leader, Brian Van Haverbeke hit 19 home runs in his three seasons with the Wolfpack. From 2000-02, Van Haverbeke served as a first baseman, catcher, and designated hitter for the Wolfpack. He is second all-time with 119 career RBI. In 2002, had the third best season in RBI with 54 and was tied for fourth in home runs with 9. He was a member of the 2000 that set the record for wins in a season and the 2002 GCAC Championship team. Van Haverbeke was selected All-GCAC in 2002.

A versatile player who spent time at third base and on the mound, Tory Western played from 2000-03. The 2000 GCAC Freshman of the Year, Western is the all time leader in strikeouts with 239 and ERA with a 3.76 mark. He is second in runs allowed, ranks third in wins and strikeouts per game, and is fourth in innings pitched. Western holds the top two spots in strikeouts in a season and the fourth best single season ERA with a 3.17 mark in 2000. Western was in the starting rotation for the 2000 team that set the record for wins in a season and the 2002 GCAC Championship team.

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