WESTWEGO, La. - The Loyola University New Orleans baseball team used a pair of three-run home runs to spark a late rally but came up short against No. 11 Belhaven University on Saturday afternoon, losing 13-9 at Segnette Field in their final game of the regular season.
Belhaven (39-13, 26-7 GCAC), who clinched the GCAC title with the win, scored six in the fifth inning to grab a ten-run lead before Loyola (15-28, 12-23) began chipping away at the deficit. The Wolfpack scored a run in the fifth then three-run shots from Ryan Scott and Brooks McMinn in the next two innings put the score at 12-9.
The Blazers added a run in the ninth, and closer Wade Broyles pitched two perfect innings to pick up the save, securing the 13-9 victory.
Along with Scott and McMinn, Loyola was led on offense by Tyler Duplantis with three hits and Kevin Fontenot with two. Fontenot also drew a pair of walks and scored three times.
Senior Eric Walsh (1-2) took the loss, pitching one plus inning, giving up four runs on six hits.
Belhaven was led by Jimmy Gilford with three hits and three RBI while Craig Dean drove in two on three hits. The Blazers finished with 16 hits and had three other players with multi-hit games.
Ryan Kassab (7-1) was credited with the win in relief, giving up a run on a hit in one inning.
On Senior Day, David McChesney put Loyola on the board in the first by driving in Fontenot, both playing in their final game at Segnette Field.
Belhaven tied the game up in the second, then used three RBI singles and a sac fly in the third to take a 5-1 lead.
In the fourth, Gilford homered for the Blazers then senior James Callahan got the run back for Loyola with an RBI single.
Belhaven looked to be on their way to a run-rule victory in the fifth when Lake Eiland capped off the six-run inning with a two-run homer, making the score 12-2.
The Wolfpack were able to score seven in the next three innings before Broyles shut down the offense for his eleventh save of the year.
Loyola returns to action on Wednesday, May 5, at 12 P.M. in the opening round of the GCAC Tournament against Tougaloo College. All tournament games will be played in Jackson, Mississippi at host Belhaven’s Smith-Wills Stadium.