Westwego, La. – The Loyola University New Orleans baseball squad played two close hard fought games at Segnette Field this afternoon against Spring Hill College but came up short in both. The Wolfpack fell 4-0 in game one and then lost 3-2 in the 11th inning of game two.
Trey Campeaux (4-2) battled Michael Moch (3-4) on the mound in the series finale. Campeaux worked quickly and efficiently through seven innings as he kept the visiting Badgers off the board and to just three hits.
With one out in the bottom of the fifth, Lucas Wendt doubled down the right field line and then advanced to third after a wild pitch by Moch. Next up, Brian Reaney produced a RBI single to left center to give the ‘Pack a 1-0 lead and their first lead of the series.
The ‘Pack got on the board again in the sixth which started with a Karson Cullins single through the hole at short. Cullins eventually advanced to third after a bunt by Tony Asta and a fly-out to right field by Evan Turkish. Next, Chad Guidry delivered a RBI single to shallow left to extend the lead to 2-0.
Campeaux finally faced trouble in the 8th when he loaded the bases with one out. Senior George Smith (2-8) was then called to replace Campeaux and get the Wolfpack out of the jam with just one out recorded. A balk by Smith put the Badgers on the board and cut the lead to 2-1.
Alex Bumb then hit a bouncer to the pitcher’s mound in which George Smith’s only play was to first, thus scoring the runner on third and tying the game at two.
Loyola had runners on second and first with two outs in the bottom of the 9th and 10th but could not deliver the walk-off hit.
In the top of the 11th, Ryan Stevens hit a one-out single to left center and advanced to second after a ground-out by Kendall Carvin. Then, pinch-hitter Wayne Huell doubled down the left field line, just outside the diving reach of Chad Guidry, and the Badgers took a 3-2 lead.
The ‘Pack rallied in the bottom half of the frame as they loaded the bases with just one out. Karson Cullins then hit into a fielder’s choice as the pitcher gathered the grounder hit right back at him and threw home for the force-out. With the bases still loaded, now with two outs, Tony Asta grounded out to short to end the game.
Trey Campeaux did not earn a decision after pitching 7.1 innings and surrendering two earned runs on five hits, as he struck out three and walked one. George Smith picked up the loss as he pitched 3.2 innings and gave up one earned run on three hits.
Keller Douglas (2-0) earned the victory for the Badgers after pitching the final three innings of the game. Douglas threw three innings of shutout baseball and gave up two hits. Michael Moch (3-4) started the game for the Badgers and lasted eight innings and surrendered two earned runs on five hits.
Guidry finished 1-3 with one RBI and two walks in the game while Reaney went 1-4 with a RBI. In addition, Evan Turkish went 1-3 with two walks.
The Wolfpack offense could not produce any run support in game one for starting pitcher Matt Guerry (1-9). Guerry picked up the loss after he allowed four runs, three earned, on seven hits. Jeffrey Castille also saw action on the mound as he recorded the final two outs in the top of the seventh.
Spring Hill starting pitcher Casy Adams (4-4) earned the win after pitching a complete game and keeping the ‘Pack scoreless over seven innings of play. Adams gave up five hits as he walked two and struck out five.
Brandon Snow hit 2-4 in the game. In addition, Bradley Bruent went 2-3 and Philip Cazayoux finished 1-2.
Brian Sims and Ryan Stevens led the Badgers offense in both games. Sims went a combined 4-8 with one run scored, while Stevens hit 4-9 with one run scored and three RBI’s.
The Wolfpack fall to 12-29 overall and 1-23 in SSAC play, while the Badgers move to 19-21 and 9-15 in conference.
Loyola travels to Mississippi Tuesday to take on Tougaloo College in a double-header starting at 1 p.m.
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