(Mobile, Ala.) Loyola University New Orleans baseball team dropped their SSAC opener to the University of Mobile 5-2 despite outhitting the Rams 11-9 on Friday night at Jacobs Field.
Mobile opened the scoring by plating two in the second inning as Angelo Bruno and Dakota Spikes hit back to back doubles. Pinch runner Austin Curtis scored on Spikes’ hit to deep left. After a Keith Granger single, Spikes came home on a Trey Cockrell groundout to third.
The Rams tacked another on in both the third and sixth innings as Bruno collected an RBI double to deep left to score Braxton Hamil, who was standing on second after his own two bagger to deep right. Spikes crossed the plate after reaching on an error and moving to third on another double, this time by Granger. Cockrell picked up the RBI as he grounded out up the middle.
The Wolf Pack (4-3, 0-1) countered with two runs of their own in the seventh. With two outs in the frame, Alexander Lorenzo collected his second hit of the day and his career with a double down the left field line. Brandon Snow followed with a double to left, plating Lorenzo. Philip Cazayoux then knocked in Snow with a single that dropped into left field.
Mobile (7-3, 1-0) capped the scoring in the eighth as Spikes reached on a single and advanced to third on an error and a sacrifice bunt. He scored on a groundout to third by pinch hitter Jacob Knowles.
Daniel Posway (1-1) took the loss despite pitching seven innings for the Pack. He gave up eight hits, three earned runs, and struck out one in 102 pitches. Stewart Campbell retired one and allowed an unearned run while Nick Moore recorded the last two outs of the eighth, allowing a walk.
Jeff Price (2-0) picked up the win as he pitched eight innings while allowing 10 Wolf Pack hits and two runs. He struck out six before Cockrell earned his first save of the season by pitching a one hit ninth inning.
Lorenzo reached base three times for Loyola as he went 2 for 4 while scoring a run and reaching on an error. Snow collected an RBI and a run on one hit. Cazayoux, Jack Nicholson and Harold Toscano each had two hits.
Granger was 3 for 3 at the plate while Spikes was 2 for 4 with three runs and a RBI. Bruno was 2 for 4 with a RBI. Cockrell was 1 for 3 with two RBI’s.
The teams combined for eight doubles and four steals. The squads will continue their series with a Saturday doubleheader matchup, slated to start at 1 p.m. at Jacobs Field.