CENTRAL, S.C. – The Loyola University New Orleans baseball team split today’s double-header against Southern Wesleyan at Dr. C. Keith Connor Field. The Wolfpack lost game one 8-4 but won game two 10-9 in a 10 inning affair. The ‘Pack claimed the series 2-1.
The Wolfpack wasted no time in game two when they tacked on one run in the top of the first. With Philip Cazayoux on first with two outs, Evan Turkish recorded a RBI double to deep left field.
Loyola extended its lead in the third. With the bases loaded and one out, Karson Cullins reached on a fielder’s choice as Cazayoux scored from third and Turkish was forced out at second.
Next up was Toscano, who singled to the third base side, scoring Asta from third. After a Brian Reaney single, the bases were once again loaded but with two outs. Then Lucas Wendt singled to left field, scoring the runners on second and third, as he gave Loyola a 5-0 lead.
Trey Campeaux started on the pitcher’s mound for the ‘Pack and kept the Warriors off the board until the bottom half of the third when Southern Wesleyan tied the game at five.
The Wolfpack regained the lead in the fourth when Turkish grounded into a double play with the bases loaded and no outs, scoring Snow from third. Next, Cullins doubled to right-center field, scoring Cazayoux on third and giving the ‘Pack a 7-5 lead.
However, Campeaux would not make it out of the seventh when he allowed two more runs to tie up the game. Matt Ditsworth relieved Campeaux with runners on second and third with one out, and limited the damage to one run before getting out of the inning, as the Warriors got their second lead of the game at 8-7.
Down to their final out in the top of the ninth, pinch-hitter Bradley Brunet began the comeback charge with a single to left. Wendt followed with a single of his own to advance Brunet to scoring position at second.
Then, pitch-hitter Chad Guidry singled to right, scoring Brunet and essentially sending the game into extra innings.
Cazayoux kicked off the tenth inning with a single through the hole at second, and advanced to third after a single to right by Turkish. Next, Karson Cullins hit a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Cazayoux. Turkish then scored and gave the ‘Pack a two-run lead after a wild pitch from Clint Clymer.
The Warriors threatened in the bottom half of the frame when they got their first two batters on first and third. Ditsworth then closed the door on Southern Wesleyan, as he got the next three batters to fly out, only netting in one run.
Ditsworth (4-7) earned the win after pitching the final 3.2 innings, allowing one earned run on one hit as he struck out two and walked three. Starter Trey Campeaux’s stat line reads eight earned runs on 12 hits over 6.1 innings pitched.
Clint Clymer (0-1) picked up his first loss of the season after allowing the ‘Pack’s two runs in the tenth. Starter Conor Hernandez lasted 3.2 innings as he gave up seven earned runs on 11 hits.
Matthew Guerry (1-10) took the mound for the ‘Pack in game one and picked up the loss. Guerry lasted 3.2 innings and allowed seven earned runs on eight hits. Michael Pfister relieved him in the fourth and pitched the remaining 2.1 innings. Pfister surrendered just one earned run on one hit as he walked two and struck out one.
Down 7-0, the ‘Pack put four runs on the board in the fifth to make it a three run game. Bradley Brunet brought in the first run when he doubled to left field, scoring Harold Toscano on second, who led off with a single.
After a walk to Brandon Snow, runners were on second and first with two outs. Anthony Asta then delivered a double deep down the left line, scoring both runners on base. Next, pinch hitter Brien Delahoussaye put the ball in play to the right side, in which first baseman Carey Rowland produced a throwing error on the play, scoring Asta from second.
The Warriors countered in the bottom half of the frame as they tacked on an insurance run to extend the lead back to four at 8-4.
Luke Sawyer relieved starter Matt Craig (3-5) in the sixth and pitched perfect baseball over the final two innings as he preserved the victory. Craig gave up four earned runs on four hits over five innings and walked four and struck out five on his way to earning the win.
Philip Cazayoux and Harold Toscano both finished 3-8 on the day. Cazayoux crossed the plate four times while Toscano collected one RBI with two runs scored. Anthony Asta went 3-7 in two games with two runs scored and two RBI’s. In addition, Bradley Brunet finished 2-4 with one RBI and a run scored, while Karson Cullins tallied two hits in nine at-bats.
Thomas Floyd, Carey Rowland, and Danny Diaz led the offense for Southern Wesleyan. In both games, Floyd finished 3-10 with two runs scored and three RBI’s. Rowland went 3-6 with two runs scored and two RBI’s, while Diaz finished 3-7 with four runs scored and one RBI.
The Wolfpack moves to 16-30 overall and 3-24 in SSAC play, while Southern Wesleyan goes to 20-30 overall and 7-20 in conference competition.
Loyola finishes their regular season schedule with a five game home stand starting Wednesday at 3 p.m. with a double-header against LSU-Alexandria.