(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans will take on Emmanuel College in a three game series with their sights set on qualifying for the SSAC Championship Tournament. The teams will play a Friday, April 25th doubleheader at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium on the campus of Delgado Community College starting at 4 p.m. That will be followed by a Saturday, April 26th game with first pitch slated for 1 p.m. at Barrow Stadium across Press Drive from Southern University New Orleans.
The Wolf Pack (25-22, 11-13) enters the final weekend of the regular season in 10th place in the SSAC with the top eight teams qualifying for the conference tournament. Emmanuel (14-30, 6-19) is 13th in the 14 team conference. With only 2.5 games separating the teams currently in sixth through tenth positions in the standings, Loyola could pass four schools and qualify for the SSAC Tournament as a six seed.
Loyola will send Kevin Lindsey (5-6), Daniel Posway (5-4), and Joel Buhler (4-6) to the mound for the decisive series. Lindsey has pitched six complete games and 69.1 innings this season. The sophomore has 27 strikeouts and a 1.82 ERA for the season while only surrendering nine walks. Buhler will also take the hill as part of Friday’s doubleheader. He has a 3.38 ERA and leads the team with 60 strikeouts on the season. Daniel Posway will bring his 2.34 ERA into Saturday’s start. Posway is tied with Lindsey for the team lead in innings with 69.1 this season. Posway also has 27 strikeouts in 12 appearances.
Karson Cullins paces the Wolf Pack hitting effort with a .331 mark and 27 RBI’s on the season. Brandon Snow leads the team with 34 runs and 13 stolen bases. Cullins, Snow, and Jack Nicholson all have 53 total bases on the season. Nicholson boasts a .310 average and eight doubles.
The Lions will attempt to counter the Wolf Pack offense with Ryan Phillips (3-7), Riley Sparks (3-7), and Ahmmad Williams (2-7). Sparks leads the trio with 71.1 innings pitched in 11 starts and four complete games. He has a 4.42 ERA while registering 36 strikeouts. Phillips has the squad’s best ERA with a 3.84 mark in 70.1 innings. Phillips has notched a team leading 42 strikeouts while surrendering 30 earned runs and 24 walks. Williams rounds out the group with an ERA of 5.69 in 61.2 frames this season. He has 26 strikeouts against 30 walks and 39 earned runs.
Michael Crowe leads the Lions with a .356 average, 10 doubles, and three home runs. Ben Grillo has a team best 25 RBI’s. While Elliot Beard leads the Lions with 28 runs. Billy Hutchins has a .308 average and a team leading eight stolen bases.
Loyola saw their five game winning streak come to an end midweek as they fell 4-1 to UNO. Four unearned runs crossed for UNO in the fifth inning after Loyola jumped in front in the third inning on a Nicholson groundout which scored Cullins. Cullins extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a 2 for 4 game.
Emmanuel enters the series having lost 10 straight games including two midweek games. They fell 2-1 to North Greenville before suffering a 6-5 loss to Point University.
The Loyola University New Orleans women’s basketball team will throw out the first pitch to kick off the second game of Friday’s doubleheader. The Southern States Athletic Conference West Division Regular Season Champion Loyola Wolf Pack concluded their season 23-12, 14-6 SSAC. Their regular season division victory earned them an automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament, where they advanced to the quarterfinal round. Loyola’s successful season under SSAC Coach of the Year Kellie Kennedy secured a No. 15 ranking for the squad on the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Postseason Top 25 Poll.
Loyola has never faced off against Emmanuel College in the “new era” of Wolf Pack athletics. You can find live video and stats of the entire series at: http://wolfpack.loyno.edu/baseball/media