JACKSON, Miss. - The Loyola University New Orleans baseball team (9-4, 1-1 SSAC) split Friday’s double header with the Belhaven Blazers (10-4, 1-1 SSAC) today at Smith-Wills Stadium. The Wolfpack claimed the evening game 5-4 after dropping the earlier game 0-4.
Matt Ditsworth (2-0) started in game two and produced a strong outing for the ‘Pack. He lasted 7.1 innings, gave up three earned runs on three hits, and recorded 6 strikeouts. Jeffrey Castille (1) closed out the final 1.2 innings and picked up his first save of the year. Castille surrendered one run on one hit.
The Wolfpack and the Blazers battled it out for six scorless innings until Loyola drew first blood in the top of the seventh.
Evan Turkish led off the inning with a single to right center field, followed by a Karson Cullins walk. Next, Chad Guidry, Harold Toscano, and Philip Cazayoux produced RBI singles to give the ‘Pack a 4-0 lead.
Turkish led off again in the eighth and recorded yet another single. After Anthony Asta bunted the runner to second, Cullins advanced him to third on a ground ball. Then Guidry delivered a RBI single to center, scoring Turkish and stretching Loyola’s lead to five.
Belhaven responded with three runs in their half of the eighth and threatened again in the ninth after scoring a run to cut the deficit to 5-4. With the tying run on third and two outs, Castille got Jamie Bruno to ground out to second to end the game.
Turkish finished game two 3-4 with two runs scored. Cazayoux went 2-5 with 1 RBI. Guidry and Toscano achieved two RBI’s and one run scored each as they went 2-4 and 1-3 respectively.
In game one, Belhaven’s starting pitcher Geoffrey Thomas (2-0) silenced the ‘Pack’s bats as he allowed no runs over six innings. The Wolfpack amassed just four hits in the game.
George Smith (1-2) started for Loyola and gave up four earned runs on seven hits over six innings. The senior collected four strikeouts in the outing. Belhaven scored one run in the second, two in the third, and one in the fifth.
Lucas Wendt recorded two hits in three at-bats in game one. In addition, both Cazayoux and Guidry went 1-2.
With weather permitting, the baseball team resumes play tomorrow in the finale at 4:00 p.m.
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