(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans will honor their seniors as part of a jam-packed three game series against Southern Wesleyan University. The Wolf Pack will wear camouflage jerseys for the Friday, April 11th doubleheader to honor wounded military members. First pitch for that contest will be at 4 p.m. The team will then honor their six senior players before Saturday’s 1 p.m. series finale at Segnette Field.
The Wolf Pack will be wearing camouflage jerseys for the Friday doubleheader as well as next Tuesday’s matchup against Southern University at Barrow Stadium. The jerseys of the 34 players and three coaches will be available via a silent auction throughout the week. The proceeds from the silent auction will be donated to the WWP to help injured military personnel. Bids will be accepted at the games on Friday and Saturday or can be taken over the phone or via email by contacting Brett Simpson, Associate Athletic Director at 504.864.7396 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The auction will close at the conclusion of Saturday's game.
Loyola will send Kevin Lindsey (4-6) to the mound to open the series. Lindsey sports a 1.91 ERA in 61.1 innings this year. He has five complete games in 10 starts this season. Joel Buhler (3-6) and his 3.84 ERA will take the hill on Friday as well. The lefthander has pitched 58.2 innings this season and has a team high 49 strikeouts. Daniel Posway (4-4) will be the Saturday starter with a 2.98 ERA in 60.1 innings this year.
The Wolf Pack offense is led by John Nicholson’s .323 average, 42 hits, 50 total bases, and eight doubles. Karson Cullins is coming off a .526 week which boosted his overall mark to .310 to go with a team best 23 RBI’s. Brandon Snow leads the squad with 29 runs and nine steals. Phil Cazayoux has a .319 average and a .438 on-base percentage as the Wolf Pack leadoff hitter.
Southern Wesleyan will send Zach Oberlies (2-1), Matt Buss (2-4), and Matt Craig (3-6) to the mound during the three game set. Oberlies has made three starts and has a 2.25 ERA in 24 innings. He has recorded 17 strikeouts and given up six earned runs and 12 walks. Craig has a 3.90 ERA in 10 starts this season. He has two complete games in 64.2 innings while striking out 28. Buss has a team best 37 strikeouts in 54.2 innings and has a 4.28 ERA for the season.
The Warriors are led offensively by Julio Lara’s .291 average and 48 total bases. Lara has the team’s lone home run to go with eight doubles. Tyler Collins has 19 RBi’s while Michael Hyman has scored a team best 29 runs. Hyman is 19 of 22 in stolen base attempts this season.
Loyola (21-21, 8-13) enters after having a midweek contest against Southern University Baton Rouge rained out. Their last series was a three game set against Martin Methodist college that saw the Redhawks win 12-10 and 6-4 in the first two games before Loyola took the finale 7-1 behind nine one run innings from Daniel Posway on the mound.
Southern Wesleyan (12-29, 7-14) enters the three game set having lost seven straight contests, most recently they fell 8-7 to Limestone College as they gave up five runs in the second inning. Oberlies was 3 for 4 with two runs and three RBI’s in the defeat.
Loyola is 5-1 in six career games against Southern Wesleyan including a three game sweep last season. Loyola won 11-1 on Friday as Nevin Brown was 3 for 4 with 3 RBI’s. The Pack then took a Saturday doubleheader 4-2 and 11-8 as Garrett Lacour had 4 RBI’s on the day.
The team will honor its six seniors prior to the game on Saturday afternoon. Brandon Snow, Harold Toscano, Philip Cazayoux, Garrett Lacour, Karson Cullins, and Michael Pfister will be playing at Segnette for the final time in their Loyola career. Following Saturday’s tilt there will be a free baseball clinic for children of the Wolf Pack community.
The Wounded Warrior Project serves veterans, servicemembers, and their families who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound, during their military service on or after September 11, 2001. They strive to create the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation's history.
You can find live stats and video of the entire series at http://wolfpack.loyno.edu/baseball/media.