Loyola Baseball Team Looks to Stay Hot Against Stillman

Thu, 02/02/2012

NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Loyola University New Orleans baseball team (6-0) travels to Tuscaloosa Friday to clash with Stillman College (0-0) in a three game set.

The Wolfpack were originally scheduled to take on the Tigers Friday afternoon with a double-header on Saturday. However, due to increment weather, the double-header will be played on Friday starting at 11:30 a.m., followed by a single game on Saturday. First pitch on Saturday has yet to be determined.

Loyola head coach Gerald Cassard is enjoying his best start with the squad in his five years at the helm, as the Wolfpack are 6-0 for the first time since it’s reinstatement in 1991. After sweeping Central Christian and Tougaloo College at home, the ‘Pack take to the road for the first time this season.

Sophomore outfielder Philip Cazayoux will look to extend his current six-game hitting streak through the weekend. Cazayoux leads the team with nine hits and nine RBI’s and boasts an on-base percentage of .615.

Infielders Greg Bellelo and Evan Turkish are off to great starts as well. Bellelo has collected seven hits on 15 at-bats with four runs scored and two RBI’s, while Turkish is hitting .278 with five runs scored and six RBI’s.

The ‘Pack plan to start Matt Guerry (1-0) and Matt Ditsworth (1-0) on the mound in Friday’s games. Guerry pitched in game two of the four game set with Central Christian. The sophomore pitched five innings of four hit baseball, allowed no runs, and recorded seven strikeouts. Ditsworth pitched a seven inning shut-out in game four and surrendered just five hits with 11 strikeouts.

Senior George Smith (1-0) will take the mound on Saturday with weather permitting. The veteran pitched a one-hit complete game with six strikeouts in game three against Central Christian.

Stillman College will jump start their season Friday against the Wolfpack. The Tigers compete in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in the NCAA Division II. Stillman finished 26-17 last season, including a 12-6 home record.

Jarius Brown and Dion Bryant return to the Tigers lineup for the 2012 season. Brown hit .393 and drove in 42 runs last year. Bryant hit .357 and led the team in runs scored with 57.

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