(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University fell in both halves of a doubleheader against #1 Lee University on Friday afternoon at Segnette Field.
Game 1: Lee 8 Loyola 2
Lee hit two home runs on their way to an 8-2 victory over Loyola in game one of Friday’s doubleheader at Segnette Field to overcome an early Wolf Pack lead.
Loyola jumped out to an early lead as Kevin Lindsey set the Flames down in order in the first inning, and then the offense got started as Karson Cullins and Carmelo LoSauro singled. Evan Turkish walked to load the bases before Designated Hitter Britt Pellegrin singeld through the hold on the left side of the infield to score Cullins. However, Loyola left the bases loaded.
The Wolf Pack held the lead until the third inning as Mark Silva hit one of his two doubles to lead off the frame. Brandon Rader singled home Silva and then scored as shortstop Josh Silva smacked a home run to left field.
Loyola cut a run off the deficit as they scored in the bottom half of the third. Brandon Snow doubled deep to left field, then scored as Cullins hit a chopper to second base, but Silva threw the ball into the Flames dugout which allowed Snow to score.
The Flames were able to add three more runs in the fourth inning as Corey Davis doubled before Derrick Pitts hit a home run to right field. Karsten Strieby walked and scored when Silva doubled for the second time in the game
Silva hit his second double of the day to left center field. Lee was able to add two more runs in the fifth inning to create the final margin of 8-2.
Lindsey (2-7) took the loss as his run of three consecutive complete games came to an end as he allowed eight hits, eight earned runs, seven runs, and struck out two in five innings of work. Jared Belmonte relieved him and pitched two innings while only allowing one hit and striking out two flames.
Myles Smith (7-2) picked up the win for the Flames as he pitched five innings and allowed five hits two runs, one earned run, three walks, and struck out eight. Kyle Briner and Alex Moore each pitched an inning while allowing a hit to close out the game for Lee.
Snow had a 2 for 3 day at the plate with one run. Turkish reached base in all three plate appearances as he had two walks and a hit by pitch.
Davis, Pitts, and Silva all had two hit days for the Flames. Silva and Pitts each had two RBI’s on their home runs.
Game 2: Lee 11 Loyola 0
Lee jumped out to an early lead thanks to home runs from Silver and Silva. Silver hit a two run shot to score Brady Renner in the first inning. Silva followed that with the Flames’ fourth two run home run of the day in the second inning which allowed Strieby to score.
Two more runners crossed the plate in the fifth inning as Renner led of the frame with a double, and Silver collected his second hit of the day with a triple to score Renner. Silver scored when Danny Canela lifted a fly ball to left to pick up a sacrifice fly. The Flames added a run in the sixth and seventh innings before a three run eighth inning pushed the score to 11-0.
Jeffrey Castille (1-6) pitched five innings while allowing seven hits and six runs. Cameron Retif, Michael Pfister, Joseph Morris, and Bradley Brunet pitched in relief. Brunet was able to get out of a bases loaded jam with no outs by only giving up a single Flames score.
Jose Samayoa (7-1) pitched six innings for Lee (29-7, 17-3) while only allowing one hit and one walk and striking out 11 Wolf Pack hitters. David Eskew and CJ Lusted each pitched a hitless inning to finish out the game for the Flames.
LoSauro was 1 for 2 at the plate with a walk for the Pack (9-30, 2-18). Turkish and Pellegrin also worked a walk for Loyola.
Silver was 3 for 4 at the plate in game two with three runs and four RBI’s. Renner had a 2 for 3 day with two runs from the top spot in the order. Silva was 2 for 3 with two runs and two RBI’s.
The two SSAC teams will continue their Easter weekend series with a single game on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Segnette Field.