(Central, SC) Loyola University New Orleans scores 11 runs as they take down Southern Wesleyan University in the opener of a three game set 11-1.
The Warriors scored a run in the first inning as Michael Hyman tripled and scored on Matt Arant’s single. However, Kevin Lindsey shut down Southern Wesleyan for the rest of the game. Lindsey (3-7) earned the victory as he pitched seven innings while only allowing the one run on eight hits and three walks, while striking out five Warriors.
The Wolf Pack offense responded in a big way with a five run third inning. The Pack also put up three runs in the sixth inning, surrounded by a single run scored in the fifth, seventh, and ninth innings.
Nevin Brown had a double as part of his 3 for 4 day with 3 RBI’s. However, that was the only extra base hit as Loyola compiled 16 singles en route to their 11 runs. Evan Turkish also went 3 for 4 at the plate with two walks, three runs, and two RBI’s. Britt Pellegrin chipped in with 2 RBI’s and a run while Karson Cullins had a run and a RBI in his 2 for 6 day. Eight of the nine Wolf Pack starters collected a hit with six different players knocking in teammates and eight scoring runs. The offense put up the most runs they have since the opening series of the season against Rust College.
Conor Thurman replaced Kevin Lindsey in the eighth inning, and worked the last two frames only allowing a single hit, while getting four of the six outs via strikeout.
Grant McKinney started and pitched one inning without allowing a hit as he was one of eight Warriors pitchers to make an appearance. Dilan Brown (0-1) took the loss as he allowed three hits, one walk, and four runs in .1 of an inning. Justin Adams pitched 3.1 innings of relief while allowing four runs on eight hits. Daniel Chappell and Andrew Howard each allowed a run, while Arant allowed an unearned run in the ninth inning.
Arant finished the day 2 for 3 with an RBI and a walk. Danny Diaz also was 2 for 3 at the plate. Hyman, Joe Taylor, Julio Lara, Clint Clymer, and Joe Boudolf each collected a hit in the losing effort.
The two teams will return to the diamond for a doubleheader tomorrow, with first pitch scheduled for 1:00 p.m. eastern time.