(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans falls in both games of a doubleheader against Southern Polytechnic State University on Saturday afternoon at Sir Walter J. Kelly Sr. Memorial Field. Loyola forced extra innings in game one, losing 2-1 and then falling 7-2 in game two.
Game 1: Loyola 1 SPSU 2
Loyola falls 2-1 in extra innings to Southern Poly in the first half of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon. The Wolf Pack and Hornets played even until Southern Poly was able to score the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Pinch hitter Khirus Ware singled up the middle before Trey Malone reentered the game to pinch run for him. Blake Barber bunted Malone to second, and Jordan Williams flied out to left. However, DeMarcus Tidwell singled to right centerfield to score Malone and end the game.
Loyola opened the scoring in the third inning as Catcher Daniel Pappas doubled down the left field line to lead off the inning. Allen Newman pinch ran for the catcher and moved to third on a wild pitch before scoring on a passed ball by Jordan Williams
The Wolf Pack were not able to hold the lead long as the Hornets answered in the bottom half of the inning as Blake Barber bunted for a base hit and went to second on Nevin Brown’s errant throw. Barber moved to third on a Williams’ groundout and scored when DeMarcus Tidwell singled to left.
The game remained knotted at one as Kevin Lindsey and Nick Blount engaged in a pitcher’s duel. Lindsey (2-5) pitched a complete game of 7.2 innings for the Wolf Pack and only allowed six hits, one walk, two runs while getting two strikeouts for Loyola.
Blount started and pitched 6.2 innings while only allowing four hits, one run, no earned runs, while striking out seven. Zach Smith (3-0) picked up the victory after striking out all four batters he faced in 1.1 innings.
Allen Newman collected the only Wolf Pack run as a pinch runner. Karson Cullins, Carmelo LoSauro, Evan Turkish, and Pappas all finished the game 1 for 3 for the Wolf Pack.
Tidwell had a 3 for 4 day for the Hornets while knocking in both of the runs scored by Southern Poly. Barber was 1 for 3 with a run, while Malone was 0 for 2 with a run.
Game 2: Loyola 2 SPSU 7
Loyola jumped out to a quick lead in game two of the doubleheader with a run in the first inning, but the Wolf Pack fell to SPSU 7-2.
Philip Cazayoux led off the game with a single through the hole on the right side of the infield. He then came around to score on Carmelo LoSauro’s single later in the inning.
Southern Poly (19-6, 9-3) answered with a run in the second inning and five in the third inning. The Hornets’ second inning score came courtesy of a single by Steven Seiter which scored Tyler Roach.
The Wolf Pack could not get the third out of the inning as six straight Hornets reached base safely, the big hit coming as Seiter had a two-run home run in the middle of the rally.
The Hornets added another run in the fourth, before Loyola was able to pull one back in the sixth inning. The bottom part of the order was able to do some damage as Bradley Brunet, Allen Newman, and Nevin Brown singled with two outs as Brown knocked in pinch runner Dylan Roudolfich.
LoSauro, Brunet, and Newman all had a 2 for 3 day with LoSauro collecting an RBI. Brown went 1 for 3 with a RBI, while Cazayoux had a 1 for 4 game with a run.
Roach went 2 for 3 with two RBI’s and two runs for the Hornets. Seiter had 3 RBI’s and a run while going 2 for 3 at the plate. Dalton Martinez had a 2 for 3 day with a RBI.
Daniel Posway (2-4) started and went 2.2 innings while allowing eight hits, six runs, and a walk. Joel Buhler came in to relieve Posway and worked 3.1 innings while giving up 3 hits and one run while striking out two Hornets.
Jordan Egan (4-1) picked up the victory after working five innings while allowing one run, five hits, three walks, and striking out three. Courey Snelling completed the game with two innings in which he gave up three hits and one run.
The Wolf Pack (9-23, 2-13) will be back in action for a non-conference doubleheader against LSU Alexandria on Tuesday, March 19th with first pitch scheduled for 3:00 p.m. at Segnette Field.