WESTWEGO, La. – The Loyola University New Orleans baseball squad dropped both games in today’s double header against #13 Auburn Montgomery in two close hard fought games. The Wolfpack lost 3-1 in game one and fell 5-4 in the tenth inning in game two.
In the finale, the Wolfpack got out to an early lead, scoring three runs in the first. Brandon Snow and Philip Cazayoux kicked off the frame with a walk and a single to left field respectively.
Then, Evan Turkish produced a RBI single to left center scoring Snow on second. Next, Anthony Asta delivered a RBI single through the hole at second, scoring Cazayoux. Finally, Karson Cullins grounded into a double play, scoring Turkish from third.
AUM got on the board in the fourth when Logan Remson led off with a blooper to center field, followed by Adam Russell who doubled down the left field line. Shane Turner then hit a RBI single through the hole at short, scoring Remson. Michael Dugan cut the deficit to one when he reached on fielder’s choice, scoring Russell on third.
With runners on first and second with no outs, the Warhawks tied it up in the fifth when Rusty Todd scored from second on a wild throw by Brandon Snow, who threw it over the first baseman’s head trying to turn the double play.
Trey Campeaux (4-1) started for the Wolfpack and pitched a season best nine innings. Campeaux did not earn a decision after surrendering three earned runs on nine hits, striking out three and walking three.
George Smith (1-7) replaced Campeaux in the 10th inning and gave the Warhawks their first lead of the game. Smith allowed two earned runs on two hits and struck out one as he picked up the loss.
Down two with two outs in the bottom half of the frame, the Wolfpack started to rally. With runners on first and second, Harold Toscano singled to left-center scoring one run. Pinch runner Garrett Lacour tried to score from first on the hit and tie the game but was thrown out at home in a close play.
In game one, the Wolfpack could not provide starting pitcher Matt Guerry (1-7) enough run support in the 3-1 loss. Guerry picked up the loss after giving up three earned runs on 10 hits. AUM’s Wes Cook (4-2) picked up the win after pitching a seven inning complete game shutout. Cook allowed five hits and struck out 10.
Guerry struggled in just the fifth inning, in which Auburn Montgomery produced all three of their runs.
The ‘Pack couldn’t capitalize in the first and fourth inning when they had runners in scoring position with less than two outs. Loyola scored their lone run in the sixth. In the inning, Slade Sanders and Evan Turkish both reached base on singles. Then Anthony Asta drove a high fly ball to center field in which Warhawks center fielder Brian Wheeler dropped the ball, scoring Cullins on second.
Turkish and Toscano highlighted the day offensively for the Wolfpack. In both games, Turkish went 4-7 with one run scored and one RBI. Toscano finished 3-8 with one RBI.
Loyola returns to action March 28 when they hit the road to take on LSU-Alexandria in a double header starting at 2 p.m.
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