NEW ORLEANS, La. - After rainstorms kept the Loyola University New Orleans baseball squad (6-0) off the diamond this past weekend, the Wolfpack look forward to returning to action Tuesday in a double-header against the University of Mobile (0-0). First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m.
Though the match-up marks the first game against a SSAC opponent, the contest does not count towards the conference standings. Loyola and Mobile squared off five times last year, with all the games taking place at Segnette Field. The Wolfpack swept the five game season series and will play all five games this season in Mobile.
The ‘Pack’s 6-0 record is the best start in 21 years. So far, the Wolfpack have outscored their opponents 57-8. Tuesday’s contest will test the team’s road resolve, as the Wolfpack try to ride their wave of momentum into their first away game of the season.
Sophomore outfielder Philip Cazayoux will once again look to extend his current six-game hitting streak, in which he has recorded nine hits and nine RBI’s. In addition, Lucas Wendt is off to a great start as well. The senior has produced five hits in eight at-bats, recording three RBI’s and an on-base percentage of .625. Wendt also delivered the walk-off hit in the bottom of the tenth in the first game of the season.
The ‘Pack plan to start Matthew Guerry (1-0) and George Smith (1-0) on the mound in Tuesday’s double-header. In Guerry’s first outing he pitched five innings of four hit baseball, allowed no runs, and recorded seven strikeouts. Smith returns to the mound after he pitched a one-hit complete game with six strikeouts.
The Mobile baseball squad will kick-off their 2012 season Tuesday against the ‘Pack. Last season, the Rams finished 29-23. Mobile returns just one of their four players that hit above .300 last year. Senior outfielder Ryne Phillips hit .351 with 28 runs scored, four home-runs and 34 RBI’s.
The Rams also welcome back pitchers Michael King and Josh Blaylock. King led the team with 84.1 innings pitched and posted a 3.31 ERA. Blaylock recorded the lowest ERA on the team with 3.06, on his way to a 3-3 record.
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