NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Loyola University New Orleans baseball team (7-1) will once again take to the road this weekend as they continue their eight game road stretch. The Wolfpack have a single game at 3 p.m. vs. Thomas University (3-2) on Friday at Varnedoe Stadium, followed by a double-header on Saturday starting at 12 p.m CST.
Loyola head coach Gerald Cassard is enjoying the team’s best start since the program’s reinstatement, with the team coming off of a split double-header in Mobile. The Wolfpack will have a chance to take the lead in the overall series against Thomas University, with the current record deadlocked at six a piece.
Last season, the ‘Pack hosted a three game set with the Nighthawks at Segnette Field in which Loyola won two out of the three games. The Wolfpack’s momentum can earn them their first win in Thomasville since 2003.
Matthew Guerry (1-0) is slated to take the mound Friday, with George Smith (1-0) and Matt Ditsworth (1-0) following suit for the double-header. Guerry has pitched a total of seven innings, spanning two games against Central Christian and Mobile. The sophomore has yet to allow a run or an extra base hit, recording eight strikeouts along the way.
Smith is the only returning pitcher with experience against the Night Hawks. Last year, the senior pitched five innings, surrendered three runs, and picked up the win for Loyola. Ditsworth returns after pitching two innings of no-hit ball in Mobile. In his first outing against Central Christian, Ditsworth pitched a seven inning complete game, allowed no runs, and recorded 11 strikeouts.
Greg Bellelo had a big outing in Mobile on Tuesday, registering five hits on eight at-bats. The sophomore leads the team with 12 hits and an impressive .522 batting average. In addition, Philip Cazayoux still leads the team in RBI’s with nine.
Freshman infielder Nevin Brown continues to see action pinch-running for the Wolfpack. In six games, Brown has compiled a team leading nine runs scored and four stolen bases on four attempts. Garrett Lacour has made the most of his playing time as well, recording five hits in eight at-bats and achieving a .632 on base percentage.
Thomas is coming off of a double-header against SSAC team Spring Hill. The Night Hawks took game one 8-7 before dropping game two 3-5. Thomas returns 10 players from last year’s 19-29 squad.
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