(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans baseball team fell 2-1 to Emmanuel College in a do or die game for the team’s SSAC tournament hopes Saturday afternoon at Barrow Stadium.
Loyola and Emmanuel (16-33, 8-21) were locked in a pitcher’s duel into the seventh inning. Daniel Posway allowed only four hits through the first seven innings while shutting out the Lions. His counterpart, Mason Tyler, matched Posway holding the Wolf Pack scoreless through six complete. Tyler allowed three hits and three walks while striking out five.
Lions reliever Matt Bowen entered to start the seventh. Wolf Pack third baseman Peyton Senner reached on an error by the Lions. Pinch hitter Andrew Fournet laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Senner into scoring position. After another out was recorded, Philip Cazayoux laced a two out triple into left centerfield to score Senner and put the Pack ahead 1-0.
The lead did not last as Michael Crowe led off the top of the eighth with a single. Crowe stole second and moved to third on an infield single by Dacen Cash. Cash later stole second to move into scoring position. Elliot Beard followed with flare into left field which scored Crowe. The throw in from Garret Lacour got away from Senner and allowed Cash to cross the plate giving Emmanuel all the runs they would need.
Loyola (26-24, 12-15) attempted to answer in the eighth as Jack Nicholson led off with a single through the right side of the infield. Carmelo LoSauro’s sacrifice bunt attempt ended in a fielder’s choice, forcing Nicholson at second. Pinch runner Michael Pfister entered for LoSauro who moved to second on a wild pitch. Harold Toscano walked to put runners on first and second. Lineouts by Chris Bell and Lance Licciardi ended the rally.
Posway (5-5) was the hard luck loser as he surrendered seven hits, two runs, and one earned run over 7.1 innings. Connor Thurman finished the game with 1.2 innings of one hit work.
After Mason worked six innings, Bowen lasted for .2 innings while giving up one hit and one unearned run. Bradley Gentry followed with .2 innings, one hit, and two walks. Aaron Westbury picked up his fourth save of the season as he pitched 1.2 perfect innings.
Loyola received two hits apiece from Snow and Nicholson. Cazayoux had a 1 for 5 game with a RBI triple, while Senner scored a run.
Emmanuel’s Crowe had three hits in four at bats with one run. Beard had a 2 for 4 game with one RBI. Cash was 1 for 3 with a run.
With a win, Loyola would have qualified as the eighth seed for the SSAC Tournament. The season ended with the Wolf Pack’s first winning campaign since 2002. They crossed the 20 win plateau for the first time since 2006.