(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans fell in a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon to Faulkner University. Loyola dropped the first game 3-0 and fell 16-3 in the second game at Segnette Field.
Game 1: Faulkner 3 Loyola 0
Faulkner scored runs in three separate innings as they shut out the Wolf Pack and win 3-0 in the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader at Segnette Field.
Faulkner opened the scoring in the 3rd inning as the nation’s top base stealer Brook Boudreaux singled off the pitcher’s mound and then stole second base. Michael Cruz singled through the hole on the right side of the infield which score Boudreaux and gave Faulkner a 1-0 lead.
Faulkner extended their lead in the 5th inning when they loaded the bases with one out. Michael Cruz singled to right field to score Luis Sanchez from third base, but Karson Cullins gunned down Boudreaux who was trying to score from second base. Kevin Lindsey then got Ethan Williams to ground into a fielder’s choice to end the threat.
The Eagles added an insurance run in the seventh inning as Cruz singled up the middle to score Luis Sanchez from third base. However, Lindsey worked out of a jam as Brandon Snow made a diving grab on Sergio Sanchez’s liner to short, and then threw out Ethan Williams who had strayed too far from first base with the bases loaded.
The Wolf Pack tried to mount a rally in the ninth inning as Nevin Brown, Allen Newman, and Philip Cazayoux all walked, but the Wolf Pack couldn’t get the big hit and ended the game with the bases loaded.
Lindsey (2-6) pitched seven innings while allowing eight hits, three runs, two walks, and tying his career high by striking out five Eagles. This is the third consecutive complete game that Lindsey has pitched for the Wolf Pack.
Will Dismukes (6-0) also pitched a complete game by going seven innings and allowing three hits and four walks while striking out seven and earning the victory.
Cullins, Newman, and Garrett Lacour each collected a hit for the Wolf Pack. Brown reached base twice via a walk.
Cruz did most of the damage for the Eagles as he was 3 for 4 on the day while knocking in all three Faulkner runs. Boudreaux was 2 for 3 with a run while Luis Sanchez was 0 for 1 with two runs.
Game 2: Faulkner 16 Loyola 3
Loyola jumped on the Eagles early in game two of the doubleheader, but Faulkner responded with four runs in the fifth, seven runs in the sixth, and five runs in the seventh to win 16-3.
Brandon Snow collected an RBI for Loyola in the first inning as he hit a grounder to shortstop which brought Philip Cazayoux home from third. Cazayoux singled and moved to third after Carmelo LoSauro singled and Evan Turkish walked.
Faulkner surged ahead with a four run fifth inning as Esteban Paula doubled to lead off the inning and Dauris Holguin and Luis Sanchez bunted for base hits. The base hit by Sanchez scored Paula, then Boudreaux bunted Sanchez and Holguin to scoring position. Holguin scored on a passed ball, and Cruz launched a two run home run to deep left field to give the Eagles a 4-1 lead.
Faulkner added two more runs in the sixth inning as Esteban Paula hit a home run to left field with David Bishop on base to increase the lead to 6-1. The Eagles then went on to score five more runs in the inning, before adding five more in the seventh inning.
The Wolf Pack answered with two runs in the bottom of the seventh as Dylan Roudolfich singled, Cullins was hit by a pitch, and LoSauro singled. LoSauro’s single scored Roudolfich, and Cullins scored when Turkish hit a single to right which brought the final margin 16-3.
Joel Buhler (1-3) pitched 4.2 innings and allowed four earned runs, five hits, three walks, while striking out seven. The freshman, Buhler set a personal best with seven strikeouts which bested his previous mark of five set against Mobile. Cameron Retif, Tony Asta, Michael Pfister, and Joseph Morris finished the game for the Wolf Pack
Julian Esquibel (7-1) earned the victory as he pitched six innings while giving up seven hits, one walk, one run, and striking out four. Jeremy Holcombe pitched the last inning and allowed two runs on three hits.
LoSauro went 3 for 4 with a RBI and a double for Loyola (9-28, 2-16). Cazayoux was 2 for 3 with a run while Bradley Brunet also was 2 for 3 at the plate.
Cruz was 2 for 4 with two RBI’s and three runs for Faulkner (28-8, 15-3). Sergio Sanchez was 2 for 5 with two RBI’s and a run. Paula had 3 RBI’s and two runs on a 3 for 4 day at the plate. Darius Holguin was 2 for 4 with two runs and two RBI’s.
The Wolf Pack will be back in action next weekend as they host #3 ranked Lee University in a three game series at Segnette Field. Friday’s game will start at 6:00 p.m. while Saturday’s doubleheader has a scheduled first pitch of 1:00 p.m.