(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans fell 4-0 to Belhaven University in game one of a doubleheader played Saturday afternoon at Segnette Field. The Wolf Pack’s late rally in game two fell short as they fell 7-5 with the winning run at the plate in the bottom of the ninth.
Game 1: Belhaven 4 Loyola 0
Kevin Lindsey pitched seven strong innings for the Wolf Pack as he allowed only three hits and two walks, but four runs scored none of them earned as Loyola fell to the Blazers in game one of the doubleheader.
The two teams battled through five scoreless innings before the Blazers broke through in the sixth inning. Emilio DeSilva reached first on an error stole second and scored on a Zach Wheeler sacrifice fly. Belhaven was able to push three more runs across in the seventh inning as Majer Entabi, JoJo Richard, and Reagan Rutledge all scored. Richard and Rutledge came home on a two out single by Dominick Francia.
The Wolf Pack’s best chance to score came in the first inning as Brandon Snow singled with two outs and Karson Cullins smacked a double off the left field wall, Snow was held at third. The threat ended as the next batter, Britt Pellegrin grounded out to third.
Cullins collected two of the five Wolf Pack hits in three at bats. Snow, Garrett Lacour, and Cameron Choquette collected the other hits.
Lindsey (2-4) pitched his third complete game of the season while collecting two strikeouts for the Wolf Pack.
Francia was a pinch hitter who went 1 for 1 with two RBI’s for Belhaven. Rutledge went 0 for 2 but managed to get a run and a RBI. The Blazers are second in the nation in steals, and managed seven steals in the opening contest.
Chris Good (7-2) earned the victory for his complete game effort in which he allowed five hits, two walks and no runs while striking out four.
Game 2: Belhaven 7 Loyola 5
Loyola jumped out to a lead in game two as Philip Cazayoux led off the bottom of the first inning with a double. Brandon Snow doubled him home in the next at bat to spot the Wolf Pack an early 1-0 lead.
The Blazers took the lead with three runs in the third inning as Jason Hicks knocked a single to right center which scored JoJo Richard and Rutledge. Wheeler singled home Josh Bouldin who was running for Hicks for the third run in the inning.
The teams traded runs in the fourth inning, but the Blazers were able to add two more in the fifth as Ryne Cook singled home Hicks and Daniel Gilbert who was running for Wheeler after the catcher hit a double down the left field line.
Bud Britt gave the Blazers an insurance run in the eighth inning when he hit a homerun down the left field line. The Wolf Pack answered as Cullins doubled to left then scored when Bradley Brunet singled up the middle.
The Wolf Pack mounted a rally in the ninth inning as Allen Newman singled and Garrett Lacour was hit by a pitch. Snow singled to load the bases before Cullins hit an infield single to shortstop which scored Newman. Carmelo LoSauro hit a sacrifice fly which scored Lacour. Evan Turkish came to the plate with two outs and hit a laser up the middle that went off the pitcher, but the second baseman Cook fielded the ball and was able to throw out Turkish to end the ballgame.
Bradley Brunet went 3 for 4 for the Wolf Pack with an RBI while Philip Cazayoux reached base in four of his five plate appearances and scored a run. Cullins finished 2 for 5 with a run and a RBI.
Daniel Posway (2-3) earned the loss after giving up six runs on seven hits and two walks in 4.2 innings of work. Michael Pfister relieved Posway and worked 3 innings while only giving up two hits and one run. Joel Buhler and Conor Thurman finished out the game and each pitched .2 innings without giving up a hit.
Kyle Wheeler went 3 for 4 with a RBI. Jason Hicks finished the second game with a line of 1 for 3 with two RBI’s and a run. JoJo Richard went 1 for 2 with a RBI and a run from the ninth spot in the order.
Jonathan Thompson (1-1) started and worked 6.2 innings for Belhaven as he allowed two runs on six hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Josh Rogers and Austin McCann worked 1.2 innings combined and allowed 3 runs on four hits before Robert Marzoni came in to close the game. He got the last two outs which earned him his sixth save of the year.
Loyola will be back in action on Tuesday, March 12th as they take on Blackburn College in a doubleheader at Segnette Field starting at 4:00 p.m. The two teams will play on Wednesday at John Ryan Stadium at 6:00 p.m. to close out a three game series.