WESTWEGO, La. - The Loyola University New Orleans baseball team hosted GCAC leading and 11th-ranked Belhaven for a doubleheader on Friday at Segnette Field and fell 12-6 in game one and 7-2 in game two.
In the first game, Loyola (15-27, 12-22) trailed 6-0 after three innings but batted around in the fourth to plate five runs. Belhaven (38-13, 25-7 GCAC), however, put the game away in their next at-bat with six runs as they went on to win 12-6. For the nightcap, Drew Dillard broke a 2-2 tie in the fourth with a two-run homer and the Blazers added three insurance runs in the eighth as they swept the doubleheader with a 7-2 win.
For game one, Loyola was led by Kevin Fontenot, David McChesney, Ryan Scott, Tyler Duplantis, and Chris May with two hits each.
George Smith (1-7) took the loss, giving up six earned runs in four innings. He gave up seven hits and struck out three.
The Blazers were led on offense by Jimmy Gilford with three hits and three RBI. Dillard had two hits and Craig Dean added a solo home run.
Riley Galloway (2-4) was the winning pitcher in relief, holding the ‘Pack hitless in 2.2 innings of work. Starter Brandt Hinton threw four-plus innings, giving up six runs on 12 hits.
Hinton, who came in with a perfect 10-0 record, gave up just two hits and forced two double plays in the first three innings. Loyola finally got to him in the fourth, pounding out seven hits in the inning.
After back-to-back doubles by Brooks McMinn and McChesney put the ‘Pack on the board, Scott made the score 6-2 with a single. Caleb Templet brought in a run on a fielder’s choice, then James Callahan followed three straight singles with an RBI fielder’s choice. Fontenot capped off the five-run inning with an RBI bunt single.
In the Blazer fifth, Derek Tortorich brought in the first run on a double, then a costly Wolfpack error allowed two runs to score, making the score 9-5 Belhaven. Gilford, who had a two-run homer earlier in the game, added a run on a sac fly, then Belhaven plated two more to go up 12-5.
The Wolfpack threatened in their half of the fifth, reeling off three singles to load the bases before Taylor Domengeaux drew a one-out walk to bring in a run. Galloway came in for relief and escaped the inning on a line out double play off the bat of Chris May.
Galloway gave up only a walk the rest of the way as Belhaven doubled-up Loyola for the 12-6 win.
For game two’s 7-2 loss, Loyola’s Scott led the offense with a two-run homer in the first, giving Loyola a 2-1 lead. The left-handed Scott took a 3-2 pitch opposite field for his second home run of the season.
Taylor Domengeaux (5-3) was the losing pitcher, giving up six earned runs in eight innings. He scattered 10 hits and struck out four.
The Blazers were led by Dillard, Gilford, and Timmy Foster with two hits a piece. Chris Bennett (5-3) threw seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits with eight strikeouts.
Belhaven struck first again, scoring on a double by Brandon Benton in the opening frame. After Scott gave the Wolfpack the lead, Lake Eiland tied the game at 2-2 with a solo home run in the third.
Dillard’s home run in the fourth put the score at 4-2, then both offenses stalled over the next three innings.
Belhaven took advantage of two Wolfpack mistakes in the eighth, allowing them to score three runs. Shawn Diehl brought home the Blazers’ final run on a suicide squeeze.
In the eighth, Loyola led off the inning with a single from McChesney and a walk from Scott, forcing Belhaven to go to the bullpen. Wade Broyles came in to strike out the side in the eighth, and then fanned Loyola in order in the ninth to secure the 7-2 victory.
Loyola wraps up the regular season on Saturday against the Blazers at 1 P.M. Before the game, the Wolfpack will honor their five seniors playing in their final home game.