Loyola Baseball Splits Twinbill with Thomas

Sat, 02/11/2012

THOMASVILLE, Ga. - The Loyola University New Orleans baseball team wrapped up a three game series, splitting a double header with Thomas University. The Wolfpack dropped the first game 8-2, but rebounded to take the second game 13-8 in extra innings.

The Wolfpack bats came alive in the nightcap roughing up the Nighthawk pitchers for 13 runs on 15 hits. Evan Turkish, Chad Guidry, and Harold Toscoano led the charge with three hits each. Greg Bellelo and Phillip Cazayoux added two hits each to round out the leaders.

Loyola trailed 4-2 heading into the top of the sixth, but scored five runs on four hits and capitalized on three Hawk errors in the frame to take a 7-4 lead. Thomas tied the game in their half of the inning using two hits, two hit batsman, and a Wolfpack error.

After a scoreless seventh, Loyola pushed six runs across in the first extra frame. They sent 11 hitters to the plate in the inning, taking advantage of five hits and three Thomas errors. Bellelo and Guidry each had run scoring singles, and Cazayoux delivered a big blow with a triple down the right field line, scoring Lucas Wendt.

Wolfpack reliever Tony Asta closed out the game retiring the Nighthawks after giving up one run on one hit and walking two. Trey Campeaux (3-0) got the victory pitching two innings of shutout relief.

Nick Sutton (0-2) was tagged with the loss in 1.2 innings of relief. Joey Kampfer was 3 for 5 with two runs scored for Thomas (5-3).

In the first game, Chris Weaver was 3 for 3 with 2 RBI and a run scored to lead the Nighthawks to a 8-2 victory. Jacob Davis (2-0) went six innings, giving up two runs, one earned on eight hits and struck out eight.

Thomas marked the board with two runs in their half of the first. The first came on a two out solo home run by Chris Cravotta. Mike Lane followed with a single and later stole second. After a wild pitch advanced him to third, Weaver doubled Lane home to take the 2-0 lead.

Loyola answered in the top of the second as Greg Bellelo doubled to lead off the inning and later advanced to third on a passed ball. Davis retired the next two Wolfpack hitters before surrendering a single to Bradley Brunet that plated Bellelo.

The Nighthawks added a run in their half of the third as Joey Kampfer led off with a double. Alex Williams bunted for a base hit to move Kampfer to third. Lane followed with a fly ball to left field to sacrifce home Kampfer.

In the Wolfpack fourth, back to back singles by Tony Asta and Bellelo put runners on the corners. Asta scored as Bellelo was caught stealing to tighten the margin to 3-2 Thomas.

The Nighthawks answered with three runs in the fourth and a pair in the fifth to secure the 8-2 win and guaranteed the series win after Friday’s victory.

George Smith (1-1) was tagged with the loss. The senior left-hander went four innings and gave up seven runs on nine hits and struck out two. Bellelo had three of the Wolfpack’s eight hits going 3 for 3 with a run scored.

Loyola’s record now stands at 8-3 on the season. The Wolfpack returns to action on Friday in the Southern States Athletic Conference opener against Belhaven in Jackson, Miss. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m. The series will conclude with a double header on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.

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