New Orleans, La. - The Loyola University New Orleans baseball team (3-5) will travel to Corpus Christi, Texas, this weekend to play in the Holiday Inn Emerald Beach South Texas Classic at Whataburger Field.
Their opponents in the tournament this weekend include Texas A&M Kingsville(3-1), Southeast Oklahoma(1-0), and St. Cloud, (0-0).
The Texas A&M Kingsville Javalinas enter the event 3-1 with victories over Central Missouri, Arkansas Monticello and Abilene Christian to start the season.
The Southeast Oklahoma Knights will enter the tournament following a win this past week against Northwood University in Dallas, Texas. They received votes in the College Baseball Newspaper preseason rankings.
The St. Cloud Huskies will open their season this weekend in the tournament following their No. 3 ranking in the NCAA Division ll preseason poll.
On Tuesday, Loyola fell short of the victory against the University of Mobile in both games of the doubleheader. In the first game, the Wolf Pack fell 6-4 to Mobile. Loyola leaders included Tony Asta who went 2 for 3 with two RBI’s and a run scored to lead the Wolf Pack offense, while John Nicholson continued his hot start to the year batting 3 for 4 and adding a run.
In the second game, Loyola scored five runs in the first inning but failed to hold onto the lead as the Rams crossed the plate eight times in the seventh en route to a 10-5 victory in game two. Loyola jumped out to an early lead thanks to a five run first inning. Brandon Snow doubled home Philip Cazayoux and Carmelo LoSauro hitting a double off the right field fence to score Snow and Karson Cullins. Britt Pellegrin singled home LoSauro and Daniel Pappas hit a sacrifice fly to score Pellegrin to account for all the Wolf Pack runs.
Nicholson leads the Wolf Pack at the plate hitting .542 on the season, appearing in all eight contests this season. Asta has yet to give up an earned run in his only start this season last weekend against Stillman. The senior right-hander went five innings and struck out three.
Game days/times this weekend are as follows:
Friday February 8 vs. Southeast Oklahoma, at 2 pm
Saturday February 9, vs. St. Cloud, at 2pm
Sunday February 10 vs. Texas A&M Kingsville, at 4pm,
All games will be played at the Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi, Texas.
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