(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans baseball team will continue their seven game homestand this weekend as they face off with Spring Hill. The two Jesuit rivals will play one game on Friday, March 14th starting at 6 p.m and close the series with a doubleheader slated for 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 15th at Segnette Field. The Wolf Pack is currently enjoying a five game winning streak- their longest of the season.
Loyola (15-11, 5-4) will send Daniel Posway (3-1) to the mound on Friday night against the Badgers. Posway pitched one scoreless inning of relief against Blackburn on Wednesday. In his last start Posway pitched six shutout innings against Calumet College of St. Joseph as Loyola won 2-1. The righthanded sophomore allowed two hits and one walk while striking out five and collecting his third victory of the season. The outing dropped Posway’s season ERA to 1.93 as he has tallied 17 strikeouts in 33 innings.
On Saturday, Kevin Lindsey (3-3) and Joel Buhler (2-3) will take the mound. Lindsey was charged with six unearned runs and the loss as Loyola fell to LSU Alexandria 6-2 in game one last weekend. For the year, Lindsey has a 0.74 ERA as he has allowed only three earned runs and three walks all year. He ranks 23rd in the country in ERA and 21st in walks allowed per nine innings. Buhler was the starter as the Wolf Pack defeated LSUA 4-3 in the second half of last weekend’s doubleheader. The sophomore pitched six shutout innings before running into trouble in the seventh as he finished with 6+ innings six hits allowed and two runs against him as he struck out seven Generals. He received a no-decision as the Pack won the game in the 10th inning on a Karson Cullins single which scored Brandon Snow. Buhler has a 3.18 ERA on the season and a team best 29 strikeouts in 34 innings. The Wolf Pack team ERA is 2.60 which ranks 15th in the nation.
Offensively, Brandon Snow and Jack Nicholson are the catalysts for Loyola. Nicholson has a .338 average and a team best 17 runs and 27 hits, he has also collected five doubles and 10 RBI’s. Snow is batting .267 this campaign but leads the team with 11 RBI’s while also scoring 16 times and stealing five bases. Andrew Fournet is batting .350 and tied with Snow for the team lead with five steals. Philip Cazayoux is hitting .375 with 11 runs.
Wesley Parish (1-4), Sullivan (2-1), and Jack Howard (3-1) are expected to take the mound for Spring Hill this weekend. Parish has compiled an ERA of 6.00 in 30 innings this season. He has a team high 28 strikeouts but has surrendered 20 earned runs while giving up 40 hits and 15 walks. Sullivan has a 4.50 ERA in 26 innings during the 2014 season. Howard fronts the starters with a 3.38 ERA in six starts and 34.2 innings. He has struck out 24 but walked 17 batters and allowed 30 hits. Douglas has five saves and a 3-0 record this season as he has a 0.60 ERA in eight appearances and 15 innings out of the bullpen.
Taylor Eads is hitting .406 with 25 RBI’s to lead all Badger hitters. Brian Sims has scored a team best 23 times while knocking in 19. Sims is hitting .347 and has tallied 33 hits this year. Both Sims and Mykol Sostarich have 10 steals during the 2014 campaign.
The Wolf Pack enter the series riding a five game winning streak after winning four midweek games against Eureka College and Blackburn College. Connor Thurman earned three saves in four games to push his season total to six which ranks third in the NAIA and second in the Loyola record books for saves in a season. The Pack defeated Eureka 9-2 and 11-10 in two games and pulled out pitching duels over Blackburn 4-2 and 3-1. Jordan Green (1-0), Caleb Bohan (1-0), and Snow (1-0) all earned their first career victories while Stewart Campbell (2-3) pitched the finale against Blackburn and collected his second career win.
Spring Hill (16-10, 7-5) enters having lost five of their last six games. This past weekend they dropped two of three to #1 Faulkner but won 4-3 as Paul Sullivan pitched six innings and only allowed three hits and two runs. He collected a no-decision, but Keller Douglas came out of the bullpen and received the win after pitching three innings and giving up four hits and one run. Spring Hill lost the other games of the series 6-1 and 4-2. They followed that by losing home contests against Lyon 6-4 and 4-2 on Wednesday afternoon.
Last season, Spring Hill swept the series against Loyola. Lindsey pitched a complete game in the opener on April 19th, 2013 but the Pack fell 2-0 as Nick Schmiemeier struck out 14 and only allowed one hit in a nine inning shutout. Loyola jumped in front of Spring Hill with three runs in the first inning of game two, but the Badgers responded with three in the bottom half of the inning as they would eventually win 15-3. Loyola took a lead in the series finale, but Spring Hill tied the game in the fifth inning and used a two run seventh to win 5-3.
The two Jesuit rivals have played 119 times in Loyola’s “new era” of athletics and Spring Hill holds a 75-44 edge including the last nine in a row. Spring Hill enters the series tied with Martin Methodist for fourth place in the SSAC standings with a 7-5 conference mark. Loyola sits a half game behind them after having a week off from conference play. The Pack are 5-4 and tied with Southern Wesleyan for sixth in the 14 team conference.
You can find live video and stats of the three game series at the following link: http://wolfpack.loyno.edu/baseball/media