(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans baseball team begins a busy stretch in their schedule with seven games over the next five days at Segnette Field. The Pack will play Eureka College at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11th and Wednesday, March 12th. They will follow those games with tilts against Blackburn College at 6 p.m. on the same days.
Offensively, Loyola is led by Nicholson who has compiled a .313 average and a team best 21 hits, five doubles, and nine RBI’s. Philip Cazayoux has a .405 average in 42 at bats and has scored 10 runs. Snow leads the team in runs with 14, while also stealing five bases. Licciard boosted his average to .364 as he went 2 for 3 against LSUA this weekend.
The Wolf Pack pitching staff will be stretched this week with seven games, but they come in ranked 19th in the NAIA with an ERA of 2.68. Jordan Green (0-0) will make his first career start against Eureka. The freshman from Shreveport, Louisiana has pitched 1.1 innings this season and allowed one hit, one walk, and one unearned run. Caleb Bohan (0-0) will also make his first collegiate start as he takes the mound against Blackburn on Tuesday evening. Bohan has struck out six and collected a 3.00 ERA in nine innings this campaign. On Wednesday, Michael Pfister (0-1) will take the mound for the afternoon affair. The senior has a 9.00 ERA in four appearances and five innings this year. Stewart Campbell (1-3) will wrap up the four game series on Wednesday evening. He has seven appearances and a 3.38 ERA in 16 innings this season. Campbell tallied six strikeouts and has only allowed 14 hits and four walks.
The Eureka College Red Devils (0-2) opened their season on Sunday with a doubleheader against Morthland in Millington, Tennessee. They fell 11-0 in game one as Stephen Davis took the loss after pitching 3.2 innings and allowing nine hits, six runs, and three earned runs. Morthland took game two 8-1 as Josiah Rose pitched three innings while allowing five hits, four runs, one earned run, and one walk. First baseman Seth Aydt went 1 for 3 at the plate in game two and knocked in the first RBI of the season with a double for the Red Devils. Trevor Teal came around to score on the play after walking with two outs. After their series with the Wolf Pack they will play against Victory University in Memphis before their home opener against Elmhurst on March 18th.
Blackburn Beavers (0-6) enter the game after losing a three game set to Illinois Wesleyan which was played in Jackson Mississippi. They lost 20-9 in the opener before falling 8-7 and 9-2 this past weekend.
Donny Furhop leads the Beavers with four hits and a .364 average for the year. Vincent Burk and Jose Osorio have each tallied three RBI’s while Matt Mokriakow leads the team with three runs. Tyler Gosnell has worked 4.2 innings this year and has a 3.86 ERA to show for it. He allowed six hits, four runs, two earned and three walks in his only outing to date.
Loyola has played Eureka College once during the “new era” of Wolf Pack athletics. The teams faced off in a three game set in 1996 and the Pack decidedly swept the series 12-2, 8-3, and 10-3. Loyola has faced Blackburn 20 times and has won 16 of the matchups. Last season, Loyola defeated Blackburn in all three matchups which started when Cullins had a walk off sacrifice fly in a 6-5 win in game one. The Pack took game two 8-2 after scoring five in the first two frames as Evan Turkish and Daniel Pappas each knocked in two runs. Game three took place at John Ryan Stadium on the East Bank as Loyola prevailed 11-7 by scoring six times in the second inning. Cullins had a four RBI game as the Pack completed the sweep.
The Wolf Pack (11-11) enters the stretch after taking one of two from LSU Alexandria over the weekend. The Generals were receiving votes in the most recent NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Poll, but the Pack took game two of the doubleheader 4-3 in extra innings. LSUA took advantage of two Wolf Pack errors to score three runs apiece in the fourth and sixth frames as LSUA defeated Loyola 6-2. The Wolf Pack had taken a 2-0 lead via bases loaded walks by Nevin Brown and Allen Newman in the second inning.
Loyola secured a 3-0 lead in game two as Harold Toscano knocked in Jack Nicholson. Lance Licciardi followed that with a two out triple which would plate Karson Cullins and Tosacno. Joel Buhler threw six shutout innings before running into some trouble in the seventh frame. Nick Moore and Connor Thurman came in to relieve Buhler but three runs crossed the plate in the inning. Thurman (2-0) remained in the game and picked up the win as he pitched 3.2 innings while only allowing one hit and one walk. The Pack won the game in the 10th inning when Cullins knocked in Brandon Snow with two outs.
You can find live stats and video of all four games on Tuesday and Wednesday at http://wolfpack.loyno.edu/baseball/media.