MOBILE, Ala. - Junior Taylor Domengeaux threw his third complete game of the season to lead the Loyola University New Orleans baseball team to a doubleheader split, 6-4 and 6-9, on Saturday against Spring Hill at Stan Galle Field.
Domengeaux (5-2) threw seven innings in game two’s 6-4 win, giving up two earned runs on five hits. All three of his complete games have led to a split of a doubleheader this season.
Loyola (15-23, 12-20 GCAC) scored in each of the first four innings and held off a late Spring Hill (26-22, 15-16 GCAC) rally to take the nightcap.
The Wolfpack had five players with two hits each; Caleb Templet, Brooks McMinn, David McChesney, Slade Sanders, and Lucas Wendt. Templet and McChesney each had an RBI.
Mike Scanio (4-2) took the loss, pitching two innings, giving up four runs on seven hits.
McChesney put the Wolfpack on the board in the first with an RBI single, scoring McMinn who doubled earlier in the inning.
After adding a run in the second on an error, Loyola plated two in the third to take a 4-0 lead. Kevin Fontenot scored after forcing an error on a stolen base at third, then Templet drove in a run on a base hit.
Spring Hill cut the lead in half with their third home run of the series, a two-run shot to right from Pat O’Malley.
Wendt scored in the fourth on a wild pitch, then held off being tagged out on an attempted steal in the sixth, allowing James Callahan to score from third before the final out.
Spring Hill threatened in the sixth with two runners on before Domengeaux struck out the GCAC’s leading hitting, Ryan Cummings, to get out of the jam. In the seventh, Spring Hill scored a pair of runs on two Wolfpack errors before Loyola went on to win 6-4.
In game one, Spring Hill’s Cummings came through with a two-run bases loaded single in the sixth to give the Badgers an 8-6 lead. Spring Hill added an insurance run, then retired the Wolfpack in order to take the opener 9-6.
Templet led the Wolfpack offense with two hits while Fontenot drove in a pair of runs on a single in the fourth.
Carl Labit (2-4) took the loss in relief, pitching 2.2 innings, surrendering two runs on four hits. Starter George Smith gave up five runs on six hits in 2.1 innings while Fontenot was charged with two runs on two hits in an inning of work.
Jeff Keenum (3-1) picked up the win for Spring Hill, throwing three perfect innings to close out the game, striking out two.
Before the game was suspended on Friday, Spring Hill put two on the board on a home run from Bobby Voss in the first. Voss finished the game with three hits and four RBI.
Loyola tied the game in the second on RBI singles by Chris May and Steve Daigle, then took the lead in the next frame on a single by Tyler Duplantis.
After Voss tied the game in their half of the third, Spring Hill grabbed a 5-3 lead on a two-run homer from Brad Holstein, his 12th of the season.
In the fourth, Loyola took advantage of a walk and hit by pitch to lead off the inning. After a sac bunt by Daigle, Fontenot came through with his two-run single to even the score. The Wolfpack then went up 6-5 on a fielder’s choice by McChesney. In the bottom half, Voss once again tied the score with a RBI single.
Holstein drew an intentional walk to load the bases in the sixth before Cummings delivered the two-out game winning hit.
Loyola returns to action at Segnette Field with a doubleheader on Wednesday against LSU-Alexandria. First pitch is set for 4 P.M.