TOUGALOO, Miss. – The Loyola University New Orleans baseball squad swept Tougaloo College in a double header today. The Wolfpack took game one 6-0 and won game two 6-5 to sweep the four game season series.
In game one, the Wolfpack jumped on the Bulldogs scoring five runs in the second. Tony Asta led off the inning with a double deep down the left field line. After Harold Toscano and Lucas Wendt loaded the bases with a fielder’s choice and hit by pitch respectively. Asta scored when Tougaloo shortstop Rodney McKay misplayed a Bradley Brunet ground ball.
Next, Brandon Snow cleared the bases after doubling to right-center field. Philip Cazayoux followed and reached base after a misplayed grounder by second baseman Logan Smith, scoring Snow from second.
Loyola tacked on another run in the third, which started with a single by Evan Turkish to right field. Turkish eventually scored from third when Toscano grounded out to short, making the score 6-0.
Six runs was plenty for starting pitcher Jeffrey Castille (3-1). The junior right hander pitched five innings of shutout baseball, as he allowed just five hits. Castille faced trouble in the second when he loaded the bases with no outs. However, the New Orleans native struck out back to back batters and then catcher Bradley Brunet picked off the runner at first for the third out.
In two games vs. Tougaloo this year, Castille has not surrendered a run and struck out 10 batters over 7.2 innings.
Lefty George Smith relieved Castille in the sixth and closed out the game as he allowed just two hits and struck out three.
In game one, Snow went 1-3 with one run scored and three RBI’s. Asta finished 2-4 with one run scored while Turkish went 1-3 with a run scored.
In game two, Antony Asta picked up right where he left off with a two-run homerun in the first. Later, Turkish reached on a walk and advanced to second on a ground ball out. Then, Chad Guidry produced a RBI double down the left field line to bump the score to 3-0.
Down 4-3 in the second with pinch runner Nevin Brown on second and Garrett Lacour on first, the Wolfpack fought back to regain the lead. Brown attempted to steal third and forced a errant throw by the catcher Robert Johnson, scoring on the play to tie the game. After Lacour advanced to third on a wild pitch, Cazayoux delivered a RBI sacrifice fly to center to give the Wolfpack a 5-4 lead.
Jared Belmonte (1-0) replaced starting pitcher Michael Pfister in the third and protected the lead for the remainder of the game as he earned his first win of the season. Belmonte pitched five innings and allowed one earned run on four hits. Pfister surrendered four earned runs on four hits over the first two innings.
The ‘Pack added the sixth and decisive run in the top of the seventh which started with yet another Asta lead off double. Asta scored after first baseman Donnie Norwood misplayed a grounder hit by Turkish.
Leaders in the second game included Snow, who finished 1-3 with one run scored. In addition, Asta went 2-4 with two runs scored and two RBI’s and Guidry tallied two hits in four at-bats with one RBI.
Tougaloo’s Dustin Porter finished 3-7 on the day with one run scored. Robert Johnson went 2-3 with a RBI and a run scored. Finally, Rodney McKay finished 4-5 with one RBI.
The Wolfpack jump to 14-29 overall on the year, while the Bulldogs slide to 4-33.
Loyola travels to Central, South Carolina for a three game set against Southern Wesleyan with a single game Friday at 6 p.m. and a 1 p.m. double header on Saturday. All times are EDT.
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