(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans late rally fell short as the Wolf Pack fell 6-3 in the rubber match of the three game series against William Carey on Sunday at Segnette Field.
William Carey opened the scoring with a two out rally in the fourth inning. Cade LeBlanc doubled to left-center and Clint Ambrosch singled through the infield to bring up Sean Hodges. Hodges singled to right field to bring home LeBlanc and put the Crusaders in front.
The Crusaders scored in the sixth inning as Tre Keyes and Vito Perno singled. Pinch hitter Richard Hensarling sacrificed the runners into scoring position then LeBlanc grounded out to first, Evan Turkish fielded cleanly and tried to throw home but Keyes beat the throw.
William Carey added another as Hodges started the seventh inning with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored when Scott Fabre singled to centerfield.
The Wolf Pack answered with a run in the bottom half of the seventh as Karson Cullins singled and Carmelo LoSauro walked, but Britt Pellegrin grounded into a 5-3 double play before Evan Turkish hit a single to center that scored LoSauro.
William Carey (10-6, 5-1) was able to add three runs in the eighth inning to provide some insurance before the Wolf Pack’s ninth inning rally fell just short.
Loyola (6-13, 2-4) started the rally as Kevin Lindsey reached on Bohon’s wild throw. Cullins followed with a single, LoSauro flied out to left field and Pellegrin reached on a bobble by Bohon which scored Lindsey. Evan Turkish continued the rally with a single deep down the left field line, but only Cullins could score as the runners held up to make sure Keyes could not catch the ball. That finished the day for the Crusaders’ starter Cullen Babin as Hunter Phillips came in to replace him. Phillips needed only three pitches to induce a double play from Tony Asta which ended the game.
Jeffrey Castille (1-2) pitched effectively for the Wolf Pack as he had seven innings of work and allowed three runs while striking out two Crusaders. Cameron Retif pitched the eighth inning and allowed three runs on four hits. Joel Buhler pitched the ninth inning as he only allowed one runner to reach via error.
Babin (3-1) pitched 8.1 innings and allowed one earned run on seven hits and two walks. He faced the minimum number of batters through the first four innings as he had three strikeouts. Phillips earned the save with recording the final two outs.
Turkish went 3 for 4 with two RBI’s. Cullins had a 2 for 4 day with a run scored for Loyola.
Hodges led the Crusaders by going 3 for 4 with a run and a RBI. Ambrosch went 2 for 4 with two RBI’s in the ninth spot in the order. Perna collected his first three hits of the year as he went 3 for 5 with a run scored.
The game which was originally scheduled for Friday was moved due to weather conditions. The two teams split the Saturday doubleheader as Loyola won the opener 2-1 and fell in the nightcap 8-2.
The Wolf Pack will be back in action as they travel to Baton Rouge to take on NCAA Division I school Southern University on Tuesday, February 26th at 6:00 p.m.