(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans will head to Baton Rouge for the second consecutive week for a game against Southern University at 6:00 p.m. on April 23rd at Lee-Hines Field.
The two teams squared off on April 16th with Southern, coming away with an 8-2 victory over the Wolf Pack. Loyola scored first, but could not hold the lead despite four shutout innings out of the bullpen from senior Jared Belmonte. Nevin Brown and Karson Cullins had the RBI’s for the Pack on the day.
The loss to Southern last week snapped a six game winning streak for Loyola as Loyola came into the game after sweeping conference foes Southern Wesleyan and Truett-McConnell. This past weekend, Loyola dropped three straight games to Jesuit rival Spring Hill. The three games against Spring Hill concluded the team’s conference slate.
Southern enters the game having swept a weekend series against Grambling State. The Jaguars were able to score one run victories in both halves of Saturday’s doubleheader. Southern then took an 11-3 victory on Sunday to close out the series and increase their winning streak to four entering Tuesday’s showdown.
Evan Turkish leads all Wolf Pack regulars with a .314 average after he hit his first home run of the season against Spring Hill. Karson Cullins leads the squad with 33 RBI’s and three home runs. Cullins also leads the team in steals as he is 14 for 16 on the base paths. Philip Cazayoux has scored a team best 36 times.
Belmonte sports a 4.55 ERA in 13 appearances and five starts this season. Kevin Lindsey has been the staff anchor and has a 3.38 ERA and six complete games in 11 starts.
Kevin Williams leads the Jaguars in hitting with a .321 average. Jose De La Torre has a squad best four home runs and 23 RBI’s. Sean Washington has 24 runs which is a team best.
Camilo Godoy got the start last week for Southern as he sports a 6.35 ERA in five starts for Southern. He pitched five innings while allowing five hits, three walks, and one unearned run. Josh Powell has been the top reliever out of the bullpen as he has a 3.28 ERA in 18 appearances.