CENTRAL, S.C. – The Loyola University New Orleans baseball team won an offensive slugfest Friday night at Dr. C. Keith Connor Field against Southern Wesleyan University. The Wolfpack emerged victorious 15-12.
Loyola’s 15 runs is the second highest offensive total on the year, second to the ‘Pack’s 21-2 win vs. Tougaloo on February 1.
Matt Ditsworth started on the mound against Chase Mcelrath. Ditsworth struggled as he surrendered six earned runs on nine hits over the first two innings. McElrath lasted 4.2 innings after he allowed six earned runs on 10 hits.
Down 6-2 in the third, the Wolfpack rallied as Philip Cazayoux led off the inning with a single through the hole at short and advanced to second after Evan Turkish reached on a walk. Next, Chad Guidry doubled deep down the left field line, scoring Cazayoux.
Lucas Wendt led off the fourth with a single to right followed by Bradly Brunet who was hit by the pitch. Next, Brandon Snow doubled deep down the right field line, scoring Wendt and advancing the pinch runner Nevin Brown to third. Cazayoux then cut the deficit to one with a RBI sacrifice fly to center, scoring Brown.
The Wolfpack gained their second lead of the game in the fifth when Brunet hit a three run homerun to left on a 1-2 count. It was the first homerun of the season for Brunet and the second of his career.
With Loyola up 9-6, the Warriors rallied and scored three runs in the sixth to tie up the game. George Smith, who replaced Ditsworth in the third, had produced three scoreless innings before the three-run sixth. Smith gave up four hits, walked four, and struck out two.
Jeffrey Castille (4-1) took over in the seventh and eventually picked up the win for the ‘Pack. Castille pitched four innings of two hit baseball, as he allowed two earned runs and struck out two.
With the score tied at 12-all, the Wolfpack and Warriors headed into extra-innings, where Loyola immediately scored in the tenth. With Toscano on third and one out, Brunet delivered a RBI single to left, to give the ‘Pack a one run lead.
A bunt single by Snow and a walk to Anthony Asta loaded the bases with two outs for Turkish. Next, a passed ball scored the pinch runner Nevin Brown on third, and then Snow put the ‘Pack up by three when he scored from second after the catcher Joseph Taylor threw a wild ball down to third base.
Castille faced just four batters in the bottom of the tenth and sealed the Wolfpack’s third straight victory.
Both Brandon Snow and Lucas Wendt finished 3-6 on the night. Snow recorded three RBI’s with three runs scored while Wendt tallied four runs scored. Catcher Bradley Brunet finished with a career high five RBI’s after going 3-4 with a run scored. In addition, Chad Guidry finished with a team high four hits in six at-bats, as he achieved two RBI’s and one run scored.
Yamil Perez and Thoma Floyd led the Warriors at the plate this evening. Perez went 4-6 with four runs scored and one RBI. Floyd scored a team high four RBI’s as he went 2-3 with a run scored. Tim Cummings (1-2) picked up the loss after pitching the final 1.2 innings of the game as he allowed one earned run on two hits.
The Wolfpack jump to 15-29 overall and 2-23 in SSAC play, while Southern Wesleyan falls to 19-29 overall and 6-19 in conference competition.
The ‘Pack and Warriors resume play tomorrow in a double header starting at 1 p.m. EDT.