JACKSON, Miss. - The Loyola University New Orleans baseball team used a nine-run fifth inning to defeat Spring Hill 14-6 in the GCAC Tournament on Friday afternoon at Smith-Wills Stadium.
Loyola (18-28) stays in the winner’s bracket with the win and faces the winner of tonight’s #12 LSU-Shreveport/William Carey match-up. Saturday’s semi-final is at 11 A.M., with the winner moving to the championships series on Monday.
The Wolfpack pounded out 16 hits in the game after being held hitless through the first three innings. Spring Hill led 2-0 after four innings until Loyola batted around in the fifth to take a commanding 9-2 lead. The Wolfpack added five more runs down the stretch for a convincing 14-6 victory.
George Smith (2-7) picked up the win for Loyola, surrendering five runs on eight hits. He had five strike outs in five innings of work. Joey Pajares pitched four innings to earn his first career save, giving up a run on two hits.
For the second time in the tournament, each Loyola starter had at least one hit. Ryan Scott continued swinging a hot bat for Loyola, finishing with three hits and five RBI. In Loyola’s three tournament games, he’s hitting .615 with with six doubles and 11 RBI.
Brooks McMinn also finished with three hits, while David McChesney, Chris May, and Bradley Brunet had two hits each. Tyler Duplantis and Kevin Fontenot both extended their hitting streaks to eight games.
Joe Carter (4-4) was tagged with the loss, throwing four plus innings, giving up seven runs on seven hits.
Spring Hill (26-24) was led by Bobby Voss and Justin Harrison with two hits each. Brad Holstein drove in a pair of runs on a two-run homer.
Trailing 2-0 in the fifth, Loyola’s Taylor Domengeaux cut the deficit in half with an RBI single. A two-run double by Brunet put Loyola ahead, then the ‘Pack added two more on singles from McMinn and McChesney. After a pitching change, Scott laced a run-scoring double to right. Loyola rounded out the scoring on a single by Caleb Templet, a wild pitch, and a sacrifice fly by Domengeaux.
The Badgers were able to score three runs in the next two innings which included Holstein’s 14th homer of the season, making the score 9-5.
Scott hit fourth home run of the season in the seventh to put Loyola back up six, then May made the score 12-5 on a single off the wall. Scott finished the scoring in the eighth with a two-run double.