Loyola falls in doubleheader to Grizzlies

Mon, 02/24/2014

Jack Nicholson scored the only Wolf Pack run of the doubleheader

(Westwego, La.) The Loyola University New Orleans baseball team fell in a doubleheader 10-1 and 9-0 against Georgia Gwinnett Grizzlies on Monday night at Segnette Field.

Game 1: Georgia Gwinnett 10, Loyola 1

Karson Cullins earned the first hit of the game with a single up the middle in the bottom of the first, but Jack Nicholson left Cullins stranded as the junior struck out looking.

The Grizzlies’ bats woke up in the second inning as Ty Abbott singled deep down the right field line. Designated hitter Sloan Strickland advanced the runner on a ground out to third and Abbott crossed the plate on a William Paschal double launched behind the first baseman. Catcher John Fidanza followed singling to left-center which allowed Paschal to score for the 2-0 advantage.

Georgia Gwinnett added on in the fifth and sixth innings. Alvord scored the third GGC run of the game on a Phillip Bates RBI single. In the top of the sixth, the visitor’s earned seven runs on six hits. Robbie Payne jump started the Georgia Gwinnett offense with a double to deep center and scored on an RBI single from Jake Fields. Abbott moved Fields to third who scored on a ground out from Strickland. Abbott crossed the plate on a William Paschal RBI single. With runners on second and third, Bates singled to left and picked up two RBIs. Pitcher Jordan Green replaced Wolf Pack pitcher Connor Thurman who walked Jereid Woods and set up Woods and Bates to score.

Jovanni Cruz opened the bottom of the 7th on the mound for the Grizzlies. He allowed a Nicholson single for the Wolf Pack and Lance Licciardi moved him to second on a single to second. Allen Newman reached first on a walk, loading the Loyola bases. Cruz walked Battle on the next Loyola at-bat and Nicholson scored the sole Wolf Pack run of the game.

For Loyola, Stewart (0-2) exited the game after throwing five innings and allowing five hits and three runs. Thurman pitched 0.2 innings, allowing six runs on six hits. Green allowed one run in 0.1 innings pitched and Tim Getty closed the game, throwing the final inning. Licciardi went two-for-three to lead the Wolf Pack bats.

Carpenter (2-0) pitched six innings for the Grizzlies, allowing four hits and no runs. Cruz closed the game and let in one run on two hits. Paschal went two-for-three, scored twice and knocked in two runs.

Game 2: Georgia Gwinnett 9, Loyola 0

Georgia Gwinnett jumped out to the lead in the second inning as Fields started the frame with a single up the middle. After Abbott reached on a walk and Strickland bunted the runners over. Pat Long lofted a sacrifice fly that allowed Fields to score and gave the Grizzlies a 1-0 advantage.

The Wolf Pack (8-7) had their best chance to score in the second inning as Lindsey led off with a single up the middle. Pappas followed suit with another single. After a strikeout, the runners were put in motion as Blake Battle lined out to the shortstop, Lindsey was doubled off of second to end the threat.

GGC increased their edge in the next inning as Alvord led off with a single and stole second base. He came around to score as Bates lined a double to left field. Bates then tried to steal second while starting pitcher Michael Pfister was holding the ball. Pfister threw to third but the ball was errant and Bates came around to score.

The Grizzlies (13-3) added five more runs in the fifth inning to break open the game. Payne singled and scored on Abbott’s double. He then crossed the plate on a Strickland single, but then three Wolf Pack errors allowed the inning to continue and Gwinnett to add three additional runs. Georgia Gwinnett tacked on another score in the seventh inning to make the score 9-0.

Michael Pfister (0-1) took the loss as he allowed three hits, three walks and three earned runs in two innings. Caleb Bohan pitched 2.2 innings and allowed six hits, five runs, two earned runs, while striking out two. Nick Moore followed with 2.1 innings and struck out three while allowing five hits and one run. Paul Roppolo allowed two hits in his 1.1 innings of work, while Thurman induced a double play to end the ninth inning.

Brandon McKinnon (2-0) improved his record as he pitched five innings and allowed three hits and two walks while striking out six. Ryan Turner, Austin Smith, Jonathan Spitler, and Zeke McGranahan each pitched one inning. All of them allowed one hit except Smith who pitched a hitless frame.

The Wolf Pack will be back in action this weekend for a three game set against #1 Faulkner University. The teams will play a single game at 3 p.m. on Friday, February 28th. That will be followed by a doubleheader at 1 p.m. on March 1st.

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