Loyola baseball to honor ‘Pack seniors, military in season finale

Thu, 04/19/2012

NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Loyola University New Orleans baseball squad (18-30, 3-24 SSAC) will play their final three game series this weekend against Southern Poly (30-21, 14-13 SSAC) at Segnette Field. Due to weather concerns the Wolfpack and Hornets will play a doubleheader on Friday starting at 4 p.m., followed by a single game Saturday at 1 p.m.

The Wolfpack return to action after sweeping the LSU-Alexandria Generals in a doubleheader on Wednesday. The ‘Pack have won six of their past seven games. Loyola has a chance to win four straight series for the first time this season.

Evan Turkish leads the Wolfpack in batting with a .295 average. Brandon Snow and Karson Cullins are tied for a team best 25 total RBI’s. Furthermore, Philip Cazayoux has crossed home the most amongst his teammates with 32 runs scored.

After three consecutive wins, junior Jeffrey Castille now leads all Wolfpack pitchers with five victories on the year. Meanwhile, Trey Campeaux still boasts the lowest ERA amongst the starting rotation at 4.75, and Matt Ditsworth has recorded a team best 6.91 strikeouts per game.

Loyola and Southern Poly will meet on the baseball diamond for the first time this Friday. The Hornets received 11 votes in this week’s NAIA top 25 poll, putting them at 34th in the nation.

However, the Hornets have been the recipients of four straight losses, as they return after being swept in a three game series by Faulkner.

Jon White leads Southern Poly at the plate with 63 hits on the year, good for a .362 batting average. White also has a team best 54 RBI’s. Casey Shiver leads the pitching staff with a 8-3 record and a 2.65 ERA.

The ‘Pack plan to honor the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) and Military personnel by wearing camouflage uniforms Friday. Fans can obtain the game worn camo jerseys by silent auction with proceeds going to the WWP. Bids will be accepted at the game on Friday night or can be taken over the phone or email by contacting Brett Simpson, Associate Athletic Director at 504.864.7396 or bsimpson@loyno.edu. The auction will close at the conclusion of Friday night’s game.

In addition, for Saturday’s game, Loyola will honor the seven graduating seniors. The Senior Day ceremonies will take place before the game, in which the ‘Pack will honor Trey Campeaux, George Smith, Slade Sanders, Lucas Wendt, Chad Guidry, Brien Delahoussaye, and Trey Sofio.

Other promotions surrounding Friday’s game include $1 admission for any Military personnel and Veterans. Tickets for the general public are $6. Senior citizens and children between the ages of 12-18 are $3, while children under the age of 12 are free. There will also be $1 hot dogs at the concession stand.

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