(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans will travel to Central, South Carolina to take on Southern Wesleyan University in a three game set at Dr. C. Keith Connor Field. The series will begin at 6:00 p.m. eastern time on Friday, April 5th. First pitch for Saturday’s doubleheader is at 1:00 p.m.
Loyola will play 13 of their last 16 games on the road, and they enter the series after losing a midweek doubleheader to LSU Alexandria in the first two games of the trip. The Wolf Pack fell 5-1 in game one and 10-1 in game two to the Generals. Britt Pellegrin had three hits in the two game series for the Wolf Pack.
After playing their last 13 games against teams that were either ranked or receiving votes in the NAIA national poll, Loyola will be going up against a Southern Wesleyan (14-22, 6-12) squad that enters the matchup having split a midweek doubleheader with Milligan (Tennessee). The Warriors won 1-0 in the first game before falling 1-12 in the second game. In their last conference series SWU took 2 of 3 from Truett-McConnell.
Karson Cullins paces the Pack with a .320 average, 48 hits, three home runs, 28 RBI’s, and 12 steals. Carmelo LoSauro and Evan Turkish have 13 doubles apiece helping Loyola to rank 13th in doubles in the NAIA. Philip Cazayoux leads the squad with 27 runs.
The Warriors rank 13th in the NAIA with 13 triples as Floyd Thomas has a team best four. Thomas also leads the Warriors with 30 runs, 41 hits, 17 steals, and two home runs. Joe Taylor also has two long bombs. Michael Hyman sports a squad best .355 average while Julio Lara has 27 RBI’s.
Kevin Lindsey anchors the Loyola pitching staff with a 4.19 ERA as he has five complete games in eight starts. Daniel Posway and Joel Buhler are tied for the team lead with 30 strikeouts. Posway and Lindsey each have two wins for Loyola.
The Warriors pitching efforts are led by Matt Craig who has a 4-2 record, 34 strikeouts, and a 3.13 ERA in 46 innings. JJ Julian has a 2.49 ERA in 21.2 innings as he has started twice and saved three games.