(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans will host a three game series against Faulkner University starting at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 22nd. The two teams will then play a doubleheader on Saturday, March 23rd with first pitch slated for 1:00 p.m. at Segnette Field.
Loyola (9-25, 2-13) enters the series against the Eagles having dropped five straight after a three game sweep against Blackburn College. The Wolf Pack have fought gamely as they lost three straight to Southern Poly who was receiving votes. Loyola then fell in a doubleheader to LSUA on Tuesday. The Wolf Pack have come close a couple times as they have two 2-1 losses in their past five including one in extra innings
Faulkner is ranked ninth in division I NAIA baseball despite having dropped four of their last six games. The Eagles opened their season by winning a doubleheader against #1 ranked Tennessee Wesleyan College, but recently has sputtered as they dropped two of three to William Carey University. Most recently, the Eagles split a doubleheader against Cumberland University and fell in a game against Lindsey Wilson. Faulkner (25-7, 12,-3) is in a three way tie for the conference lead as William Carey and Lee also boast 12-3 conference records.
Karson Cullins leads the Wolf Pack with a .385 average, 28 RBI’s, 3 home runs, 60 total bases, 44 hits, and 12 steals. Philip Cazayoux holds the team lead with 26 runs, while Evan Turkish and Carmelo LoSauro share the lead in doubles with 12.
Kevin Lindsey fronts the Wolf Pack pitching staff with a 2.81 ERA in 41.2 innings pitched. He has four complete games in six starts this season and is unlucky to sport a 2-5 record. Daniel Posway leads the team with 25 strikeouts in 40 innings.
Faulkner is the top stealing team in the nation with 110 steals in 32 games. The onslaught is led by Brook Boudreaux who is 30-31 on the base paths this season. Teammate Antonio Kendrick is 23-25 in steals. The Eagles’ Michael Cruz has a .389 average with six home runs both of which lead the team. Zac Colby leads the squad with 32 RBI’s while Boudreaux has 35 runs.
Johnny Shuttlesworth leads the Eagles staff with a 1.15 ERA in 47 innings. He has a 5-1 record and 40 strikeouts this season. Julian Esquibel sports a 2.22 ERA and is 6-1 on the season with 42 strikeouts in 44.2 innings.