Mobile, Ala. - The Loyola University New Orleans baseball team split the double-header in Mobile this afternoon, winning game two 4-3 and losing game one 1-2. The ‘Pack continue their best start as they move to 7-1.
The Wolfpack jumped out to a 1-0 score in the first inning in game two. Turkish, Asta, Bellelo, and Cullins produced consecutive singles in the two-out rally.
In the fourth, Harold Toscano drove a single to left field, advanced to second on a stolen base, and proceeded to third on a wild throw to second from the catcher. Next, Garrett Lacour singled to shallow left-center field, scoring Toscano, making it a 2-0 game.
Toscano struck again in the fifth, with a RBI sacrifice fly to left-center field, scoring Asta and handing Loyola their largest lead at 4-0.
Matthew Guerry started for the Wolfpack and pitched two innings, allowing just one hit and no earned runs. Trey Campeaux (2-0) followed on the mound with a three inning, three strikeout, three unearned runs performance.
After the Rams scored their three runs in the bottom of the fifth, Jonathan Jeanice and Anthony Asta closed out the game for the ‘Pack. The duo did not give up a hit over the last two innings. Asta (1) picked up his first save of the season.
Greg Bellelo led the team with three hits in four plate appearances in game two. Asta went 2-4 with one run scored. Evan Turkish hit 1-2 with two runs scored, while Harold Toscano finished 1-3 with one run scored and one RBI.
George Smith started game one and recorded a one-hit two inning performance. Matt Ditsworth followed suit with two innings of perfect baseball. Jeffrey Castille (1-1) lasted three innings, the longest of any pitcher, as he struck out three and gave up four hits and one unearned run. Finally, Michael Pfister came in and pitched 1.1 innings, allowing one earned run on three hits.
Loyola’s lone run came off of an Anthony Asta home run to left field, which gave the ‘Pack an early 1-0 lead.
Mobile countered in the bottom of the sixth when Ryan Parazine hit a one-out double to deep right field, in which he advanced to third after Braxton Hamil grounded out for out number two. Keith Granger followed and scored Parazine on a misplayed grounder at third base.
With the game tied, the ‘Pack had the bases loaded in the eighth and Cullins on second in the ninth, but could not deliver the timely hit with two outs. Finally, in the bottom of the ninth, Justin Beck hit a one-out RBI double down the left field line to win the game for Mobile.
Karson Cullins and Greg Bellelo recorded multi-hit games for the Wolfpack in game one. Cullins went 3-4 and Bellelo notched two hits in four at-bats.
Loyola returns to action with a three game weekend set against Thomas University in Thomasville, Georgia, starting with the single game at 4 p.m. on Friday.
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