Westwego, La. - The Loyola University New Orleans baseball team put together a ninth inning rally but fell short as the Mobile Rams took the series opener 3-1 on Friday night at Segnette Field.
In the ninth, Loyola’s Tyler Duplantis came through with a two-out pinch-hit RBI single off closer Jeff Lyons to cut the deficit to two. With two runners on, Kevin Fontenot blooped one to right but first baseman Brad Sheffield made a running grab up the line to end the game.
Mike Kelly (2-3) pitched well for Loyola (9-18, 7-15 GCAC), scattering 11 hits in eight innings, giving up three runs with one earned and five strikeouts.
Mobile’s starter, Chris Peacock (4-4 ), held the ‘Pack to four hits through eight innings before Lyons closed the game in the ninth. Peacock fanned eight but was charged with an unearned run.
Mobile (16-22, 9-14 GCAC) took advantage of errors in the first and fourth innings, scoring a run in each to go up 2-0. The Rams’ Michael Tedesco added an insurance run in the eighth with a single before Loyola’s last inning rally.
Mobile was led by Tedesco with two hits and two RBI while Cody Sanderson and Justin Beck had two hits each. Norris Hunter put the Rams on the board in the first with a single.
Loyola wraps up the series against Mobile with a doubleheader at Segnette Field. First pitch is set for 1 P.M.