MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Loyola batters had 13 hits and drew six walks on the night, but a big first inning for 17th-ranked Auburn-Montgomery was too much to come back from, as the Wolfpack baseball team fell in Montgomery, 20-7.
Loyola (13-28, 5-5 SSAC) infielders Evan Turkish, Tyler Duplantis and Taylor Domengeaux each went 2-for-4 in the game, and they drove in three, two and two runs, respectively. Karson Cullins and Brandon Snow also each had two hits, and Philip Cazayoux reached base three times.
Rusty Todd and Hunter Cross each hit 3-for-3 for AUM (30-15, 11-2 SSAC). Cross had five RBIs on the night, while Todd had three runs scored and a pair of RBIs. Sam Judah hit his second home run of the season.
Cazayoux and Domengeaux led off the Loyola first by reaching base. After a groundout moved both runners into scoring position, Duplantis delivered with a base knock, scoring both runners.
AUM responded with a 12-run bottom half of the inning. Eight of the runs came with two outs in the inning. Judah hit his home run to score the third and fourth runs of the inning, and he had four RBIs overall in the first. Cross had three RBIs in the frame.
Domengeaux hit a bases-loaded sac fly in the second, as Snow scored the third run of the game for LU.
In the bottom of the second, AUM added five more runs to the scoreboard, as six of the first seven batters in the inning reached base safely.
Loyola pitcher Michael Pfister retired the side in order in the third, and the Loyola offense put up three runs in the top of the fourth. Steve Daigle and Cazayoux singled and walked to lead the inning off. Duplantis singled with two outs to load the bases. Turkish came up to bat and hit a double, scoring all three Loyola baserunners.
AUM added a run in the fourth off of a sac fly, but left the bases loaded. Snow then scored on a Domengeaux single in the fifth. AUM added on to its lead in the sixth with a pair of runs.
Brent Amburn (1-0) pitched 1.1 scoreless innings in relief to earn the win for AUM. Starter Kyle Mitchell was lifted after pitching three-plus innings and allowing five earned runs. Logan Peterson (1-8) took the loss for Loyola.
The teams will play a double-header on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. in Montgomery to close out the season series.
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