BATON ROUGE, La. – The Loyola University New Orleans baseball squad came up short tonight against Southern University Baton Rouge. The Wolfpack lost 9-5 at Lee Hines Field.
Starting pitcher Justin Romaire (0-1) did not get out of the opening frame as the Jaguars knotted seven runs, five earned, on four hits and two walks.
With two outs in the third, Brandon Snow and Philip Cazayoux drew back to back walks. Then Anthony Asta drove a two RBI double to left field, as he put the Wolfpack on the board cutting the advantage to 7-2.
Trailing 9-2 in the top of the eighth, the ‘Pack tacked on three more runs. Asta kicked things off with yet another double to left field. Karson Cullins then singled, scoring Asta on the play.
After a Harold Toscano single moved Cullins to third, Lucas Wendt produced a RBI single to right field. Next, Bradley Brunet walked to load the bases with two outs. Finally, Snow reached on an error from third baseman Cameron McGriff, scoring Toscano on third.
Both Anthony Asta and Karson Cullins finished 2-5 on the night. Asta recorded two RBI’s while Cullins added one. Harold Toscano went 2-4 with a run scored.
The ‘Pack received solid relief pitching with four relievers combining for two earned runs on seven hits over 7.2 innings. George Smith pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless ball, allowing just one hit and striking out two. In addition, Michael Pfister recorded two perfect innings as he struck out two.
Cameron McGriff led the Jags with a 2-3 night, recording two runs and two RBI’s. Also Kevin Williams went 2-3 with one RBI and Demario Ellis finished 2-4 with one run scored and three RBI’s.
Daniel Garcia (1-1) earned the victory after lasting five innings and surrendering two earned runs on four hits. Garcia walked one and struck out six.
The Wolfpack move to 12-26 on the year while the Jaguars jump to 15-13. Loyola’s next contest is a three game set at Segnette Field vs. Spring Hill. Game one of the series is scheduled for Friday at 5 p.m.
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