MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Loyola's Peyton Senner's RBI single in the top of the top of the 10th inning scored Carmelo LoSauro with the go-ahead run and
the Wolf Pack erased a four-run deficit en route to a 5-4 victory over top-ranked Faulkner here Friday afternoon in the opener of a three-game Southern States Athletic Conference series at Harrison Field.
LoSauro had reached on an error to open the inning and scored two outs later on Senner's base hit to centerfield. Conor Thurman pitched a scoreless 10th to earn the victory for Loyola, which improved to 9-7 overall and 5-2 in the SSAC. The Eagles saw their eight-game winning streak come to a hault, falling to 12-3 overall and 3-1 in the league.
The Eagles broke on top in the bottom of the second inning, touching up Loyola starter Daniel Posway for four hits and three runs, with Edgar Figueroa and Michael Correa both driving in runs with hard-hit singles. Faulkner added an unearned run in the third, with Esteban Paula driving it in with a sacrifice fly to make it 4-0.
Faulkner starter Thomas Dorminy cruised through five innings, allowing only three hits and striking out 10. In the sixth, however, the Wolf Pack battled back to tie it. After a wild pitch on a strikeout allowed a runner to reach with one out, two base hits followed to load the bases. Dorminy walked in the first run, then another wild pitch scored another, cutting the Faulkner lead to 4-2. A sacrifice fly made it 4-3, and an infield hit - Loyola's third of the game - drove in the fourth to deadlock the game at 4.
Dorminy went seven innings, striking out 13 and allowing seven hits in his no-decision effort. Posway also allowed seven hits in seven innings of work for Loyola.
Esteban Paula, Robert Llera and Michael Correa each had two hits for Faulkner, which finished with only eight in the game.
Faulkner and Loyola play a doubleheader Saturday afternoon, with the first game set to start at 1.
-Courtesy of Faulkner Athletics