WESTWEGO, La. – In their first encounter on the baseball diamond, the Loyola University New Orleans baseball squad was swept in both games in today’s doubleheader against Southern Poly at Segnette Field. The Wolfpack lost game one 13-2 and fell 16-1 in the nightcap.
The Wolfpack honored the Military and the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) by wearing special edition camouflage jerseys during the games. Fans bid via silent auction throughout the week to obtain the jerseys with proceeds going to the WWP. In addition, Sgt. Charles Dalgo threw out the first pitch in game two.
In game one, Matt Guerry (1-11) squared off against Southern Poly ace Corey Shiver (9-3), who entered the match-up with a 2.65 ERA.
After cruising through the first, the ‘Pack fell apart in the second as the Hornets scored five runs on one hit and four errors. With the bases loaded and one out, Jordan Williams reached on an wild throw error as Guerry tried to get the force out at home and the Hornets took a 2-0 lead.
Shiver then scored from third when Devin Thaut reached on a grounder that scooted under Evan Turkish’s glove at first. Next, Southern Poly scored two more runs to make the score 5-0 when shortstop Harold Toscano dropped a pop-up to shallow left-center field.
Loyola got on the board in the bottom of the third when Bradley Brunet led off with a double down the right field line. Lucas Wendt followed with a single to shallow left, advancing pinch runner Nevin Brown to third. With runners on the corners, Slade Sanders reached on a fielder’s choice and scored the first run of the game for the ‘Pack, as the Hornets recorded the out at second base.
Down 12-1 in the sixth, Turkish kicked things off with a lead-off walk followed by a single by Cullins. Harold Toscano then hit a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Turkish from third and giving the ‘Pack their second and final run of the game.
Guerry lasted 5.2 innings and allowed 10 runs, seven earned, on eight hits as he picked up the loss. Jake Weinstock also saw his first action of the season pitching the final 0.2 innings of the game.
Casey Shiver earned the victory after pitching a seven inning complete game. Shiver surrendered two earned runs on five hits and struck out three.
In the second game, the Hornets struck first with three runs in the top of the third. With one out, Thaut doubled to left field scoring Williams for the first run of the game. White followed with another double that plated Thaut. After a fly out by Wehrle, Boring traded places with Williams for the third Poly double of the inning.
The Hornets added a run in the fourth as Dykes led off with a walk. Shriver bunted him over to second and Quinones singled to plate Dykes. Poly pushed the lead to 5-0 in the sixth as Boyd led off the frame with a solo home run.
Up 9-0 in the ninth, Boyd hit his second homerun of the game, this time over the left field fence.
Down 16-0 in the bottom half of the frame with two outs, Brian Reaney doubled to left-center field. The ‘Pack got their lone run of the game when Slade Sanders followed suit with a RBI single to shallow right-center field.
Matt Ditsworth (4-8) picked up the loss in game two. He gave up five earned runs on 10 hits over six innings. George Smith pitched the seventh and eighth and allowed four runs, three earned, on two hits. Michael Pfister and Justin Romaire closed out the final inning for the Wolfpack.
Kevin Bibler (3-1) earned his third win on the year after pitching eight innings of shutout baseball. He allowed eight Wolfpack hits as he walked two and struck out six.
Lucas Wendt led the Wolfpack batters with a 3-7 day. Chad Guidry went 2-6 in both games with one RBI, while Slade Sanders finished 2-9 with two RBI’s. Finally, Evan Turkish went 2-5 with a run scored.
Jeremy Boyd, Charlie Boring, and Chris Dykes led the offensive production for the Hornets. Boyd recorded six RBI’s and five runs scored on a 5-9 day at the plate. Boring finished 4-10 with two runs scored and three RBI’s, and Dykes went 4-6, crossing the plate five times.
The Wolfpack drop to 18-32 overall and 3-26 in SSAC play. The Hornets jump to 32-21 and 16-13 in conference competition.
Loyola will play their final game of the season tomorrow at 1 p.m. The seven seniors on the squad will be acknowledged in a small ceremony before the game.