WESTWEGO, La. – The Loyola University New Orleans baseball squad swept LSU-Alexandria in today’s doubleheader at Segnette Field. The Wolfpack took game one 4-2 and then claimed game two 10-4.
In game one, starting pitcher Jeffrey Castille (5-1) faced trouble in the first when he allowed a lead-off single and back to back walks to load the bases with no outs. Clean-up hitter Tid Hilger then put the Generals on the board when he launched a RBI sacrifice fly to deep left field, scoring Seth Montz on third.
Castille then settled in, getting Justin Crowell to pop up to second and Derek Goyne to ground out to third to end the frame down just 1-0.
The Wolfpack bats came alive in the fifth when they handed Castille the lead by bringing four runs across the plate in the inning. Philip Cazayoux and Evan Turkish produced singles to kick things off, putting runners on first and second with one out.
Next, Karson Cullins doubled to deep center, scoring Cazyoux and knotting Loyola’s first run of the game. After Toscano grounded out for out number two, Bradley Brunet hit a single to left-center, scoring Turkish and Cullins. The ‘Pack got their fourth and final run when shortstop Derek Goyne threw a wild ball over to first trying to get Lucas Wendt on the play, allowing Brunet to safely cross home plate.
Castille would allow one more run in the seventh before recording his second complete game of the year. The junior picked up his third straight win in as many appearances. Castille gave up just seven hits as he walked three and struck out three.
Devin Evans (4-4) started for the Generals and picked up his fourth loss of the year. Evans lasted five innings and surrendered four runs, three earned, on eight total hits.
In game two, the ‘Pack achieved a two out rally in the bottom of the first. With runners on first and second Karson Cullins singled to right, scoring Snow and advancing Turkish to third. Chad Guidry followed with a single through the hole at second, to give the Wolfpack a 2-0 lead.
The Generals retaliated in the second when Michael Collado hit a two-run home-run that traveled over the right field fence, knotting up the game.
The ‘Pack produced another two-out charge in the second, when Brandon Snow singled to left-center and then advanced to second after a wild pitch from starter James Ott (0-1). Then, Philip Cazayoux singled to center, scoring Snow and reclaiming the lead at 3-2.
Loyola tacked on two more runs in the fourth, which was sparked by a RBI single to center field by Cazayoux. Snow scored the second run when he rushed home from third after a passed ball from Garcia.
The Generals would get one back in the top of the fifth, but the Wolfpack would add plenty of cushion to their lead when they recorded five total runs on just three hits in their half of the frame, bumping the score to 10-3. Evan Turkish highlighted the inning with a two RBI double down the right field line.
The Generals would add a final run in the seventh before Loyola closed it out for the 10-4 victory.
Michael Pfister started on the mound for the Wolfpack and lasted three innings before turning the ball over to George Smith. Pfister allowed two earned runs on four hits, walked two and struck out three.
George Smith (3-8) earned the win after pitching the next 3.2 innings as he surrendered two earned runs on four hits as well.
LSU-A starter James Ott picked up his first loss, lasting three innings as he gave up five earned runs on seven hits.
Evan Turkish had the most productive day at the plate for Loyola, finishing 4-5 in both games with two runs and two RBI’s. Philip Cazayoux went 3-6 with two runs and two RBI’s as well. In addition, Karson Cullins amassed three hits in seven at-bats as he collected two RBI’s and a run scored, while Brandon Snow tallied four runs and three RBI’s on a 2-5 day at the plate.
Michael Collado led the Generals offense with a 2-4 day, scoring two runs and two RBI’s. Trey Barnes went 1-3 with two RBI’s and Seth Montz finished 2-4 with a run scored.
The Wolfpack take the season series 3-1 against LSU-Alexandria. They jump up to 8-13 lifetime against the Generals.
The ‘Pack have now won six of their past seven games, winning three series in a row. The last time the squad matched this great seven game stretch of play was when they kicked off the year with the school’s best start since the program’s reinstitution in 1991 with a 6-1 record.
With today’s wins, the Wolfpack advance to an 18-30 record, while the Generals fall to 11-27.
Loyola looks to conclude their season on a high note with a three games series vs. Southern Poly this weekend at Segnette. For Friday’s 6 p.m. game, The Loyola University New Orleans baseball team will honor the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) and Military personnel by wearing camouflage uniforms. Then for Saturday’s doubleheader starting at 1 p.m., the Wolfpack will honor this year’s seniors.
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