NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Loyola University New Orleans baseball team opened up its 2011 campaign with a split double-header against Brescia University, taking the opening game, 6-1, and then falling in extra innings, 6-4.
The opener was highlighted by a dominant pitching performance by junior George Smith (1-0). Smith gave up just one run and allowed four hits over five innings to earn the win for the ‘Pack (1-1). Sophomore Tyler Duplantis led the way for LU hitters, as he went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs batted in. Senior Ryan Scott also collected two RBIs in the game.
The ‘Pack got on the board early, scoring a first-inning run when Duplantis singled Scott in with two away in the frame.
Loyola piled on the runs against the Bearcats (1-1) in the bottom of the second, as Scott, Bradley Brunet, Slade Sanders and Chris May each drove in one run in the inning.
Brescia scored their lone run in the top of the fifth when John Kapu hit a sacrifice fly to center field that plated Chris Ward. Scott added an insurance run in the sixth when he plated Philip Cazayoux with a one-out single.
The second game was all Loyola early, with the Wolfpack scoring first in the bottom of the third, when Cazayoux drove Karson Cullins in from third.
The Wolfpack went ahead 4-0 in the fourth, thanks to three two-out runs. A pair of defensive lapses by the Bearcats allowed a Cullins infield hit to turn into a run scored with runners on second and third. Taylor Domegeaux helped the Wolfpack to capitalize on this by following it up with a double to left field, plating Cullins and first baseman Evan Turkish.
Starting pitcher Logan Peterson started strong, holding the Bearcats scoreless through four innings. In the fifth, the Bearcats had runners on the corners, and Corey Moore hit a dribbler through the infield. The Wolfpack converted one out, but a tag was too late to complete the double play, resulting in BU’s first run.
A pair of runs in the top of the sixth drove Peterson from the game, and Trey Campeaux came in in relief. A Bearcat single drove in an unearned run in the top of the seventh to tie the game at four. Ben Goetz hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the top of the eighth to give BU its first lead of the day. Duplantis and Cullins reached base in the bottom of the eighth to keep LU in the game, but a pair of well-hit balls failed to find gaps in the defense, as the side was retired.
The Wolfpack will return to Segnette Field Sunday afternoon for another double-header against Brescia. Game one’s first pitch is set for 1 p.m., with the final game of the series starting a half hour after the first game.
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