(Westwego, La.) Loyola University New Orleans takes both games of a doubleheader on Tuesday evening at Segnette Field. Loyola defeated Eureka College 9-2 in the opener before holding on against Blackburn College 4-2 in the nightcap.
Game 1: Loyola 9, Eureka 2
Loyola’s offense pushed four runs across in the second inning to take a 5-0 lead and support Jordan Green as he earned his first career victory as the Pack beat Eureka College 9-2 on Tuesday afternoon at Segnette Field.
Loyola scored in the first inning after Brandon Snow led off the frame with a double, Kevin Lindsey had a productive groundout to move him to third. Karson Cullins lofted a sacrifice fly to right field to put the Wolf Pack ahead 1-0.
In the second inning, Nicholson led off with a sharply driven single to third base. Daniel Pappas followed with a double to right centerfield. Nevin Brown came up with runners on second and third. He sacrificed to the first baseman, and Nicholson ran on contact. He was able to beat Nick Passarella’s throw. After Harold Toscano popped into a double play, Garrett Lacour sprayed a double past Passarella’s outstretched glove and into right field to score Brown. Snow followed with a single up the middle to plate Lacour. Lindsey hit a double to left-center to put two in scoring position which allowed Snow to come home on a wild pitch from Kyle Kiesewetter.
The Pack added a run in the fourth as Lacour doubled off the left field wall and later came home on an infield single by Newman.
Eureka got one run back in the sixth inning as Cody Litwiler hit a double and was brought home by three straight walks.
The Wolf Pack ended any hopes of a comeback in the seventh when they added three more runs. Cullins reached on an error, Carmelo LoSauro singled, and Nicholson singled to load the bases with one out. Pappas hit a sacrifice fly to right field allowing all three runners to take an extra base. Brown followed with a single to right centerfield to add two more. Blackburn would pull one back in the ninth inning.
Green (1-0) earned his first career victory as the freshman pitched 5 innings without allowing a run. He gave up three hits and four walks, but worked around two players on base in each of the first three innings. Roppolo followed with three innings of work. He walked four and gave up one hit and one run. Nick Moore pitched the ninth allowing one hit and one run while striking out two.
Kiesewetter (0-1) pitched 6.2 innings and allowed 13 hits, nine runs, five earned runs while striking out three and picking up the loss. Nate Louis pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless relief while allowing two hits.
Nicholson was 3 for 4 at the plate with two runs. Lacour knocked two doubles as part of his 2 for 4 day in which he had two runs and a RBI. Nevin Brown was 1 for 3 with a run and 3 RBI’s. Brandon Snow was 2 for 2 with two runs and a RBI. Daniel Pappas and Kevin Lindsey each recorded two hits.
Andrew Wallace had a 2 for 4 game, while Teal was 0 for 3 with an RBI. Passarella and Litwiler scored the Beavers runs.
Game 2: Blackburn 2 Loyola 4
Loyola rode strong pitching from freshman Caleb Bohan and some spectacular plays from Alexander Lorenzo to the 4-2 victory over Blackburn in the second game.
Bohan (1-0) pitched seven innings while allowing four hits, three walks, and one unearned run. The Marietta, Georgia native recorded three strikeouts. Tim Getty allowed an unearned run in the eighth on one hit. Conor Thurman pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn his fourth save of the season.
Both Getty and Thurman were helped out defensively by Lorenzo in right field. In the eighth inning, with runners on the corners and one out, Lorenzo caught a fly ball from Doug Matas and threw a bullet to Lance Licciardi behind the plate who was able to tag out Jose Osorio who was trying to score on the play. Lorenzo then made a diving play down the right field line as Cody Flowers was hoping to land a double to lead off the ninth.
The Wolf Pack fell behind in the first inning as Matt Mokriakow doubled with two outs. He moved to third on a wild pitch and then scored when Osorio’s grounder to second was thrown away by Snow.
The Wolf Pack (13-11) responded with four runs in the fifth frame. Licciardi and Toscano started the inning with singles to left. Brian Reaney bunted towards third base for a base hit as the pitcher unsuccessfully tried to throw out Licciardi going to third. The bases were loaded for Lorenzo who sharply hit a ball to centerfield allowing Licciardi and Toscano to score. Andrew Fournet followed with a bunt for a base hit, but a wild throw allowed Reaney to score and Lorenzo to move to third. As the lineup turned over, Snow had a squeeze play which brought home Lorenzo and gave the Pack the lead.
Cody Meyer (0-1) pitched four innings and allowed four hits, four runs, three earned while walking one and striking out two. Tim Hillis pitched three innings of relief while only allowing two hits. Caleb Schupbach pitched the eighth while only allowing one hit.
Lorenzo was 1 for 3 with his 2nd and 3rd RBI’s of the season as he was in the middle of five straight Wolf Pack hits in the fifth inning. Fournet was 2 for 3 at the plate.
Mokriakow was 1 for 3 with two runs and a walk. Aaron Moody was 2 for 4 at the plate.
Loyola will return to Segnette on Wednesday, March 12th. They will play Eureka College at 2 p.m. followed by a game against Blackburn at 6 p.m.