(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans opened their series against William Carey University with a 2-1 victory over their SSAC rivals. However, the Crusaders bounced back by winning game two of the doubleheader 8-2 on Saturday at Segnette Field.
Game 1: William Carey 1 Loyola 2
The Wolf Pack plated two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to back up a superb pitching performance from Kevin Lindsey and defeat William Carey 2-1 in the opening game.
Loyola entered the sixth inning trailing 1-0 when Tony Asta started the rally with a single. Philip Cazayoux followed Asta with another single. Karson Cullins bunted both runners into scoring position with a sacrifice. Carmelo LoSauro knocked in Asta with a single to left center. Britt Pellegrin grounded into a fielder’s choice but was able to beat out the double play which allowed Cazayoux to score the go ahead run.
William Carey opened the scoring in the second inning as Scott Fabre led off the inning with a double deep down the left field line. Tre Keyes singled to short to advance Fabre to third base. Fabre scored when Clint Ambrosch beat out a double play on a grounder to shortstop.
Lindsey (2-2) pitched a complete game for the Wolf Pack with only one run allowed. He struck out two while allowing six hits in his seven innings of work.
Jake Fabre (1-2) also pitched a complete game allowing two earned runs in his six innings of work. He allowed seven hits and struck out four for the Crusaders.
Seven different Wolf Pack players collected a hit. Asta went 1 for 1 with a run and LoSauro went 1 for 3 with an RBI. Pellegrin finished 0 for 3 with the game winning RBI for Loyola.
Sean Hodges led the Crusaders by going 2 for 3. Scott Fabre went 1 for 2 with a run and a walk.
Game 2: William Carey 8 Loyola 2
The Wolf Pack and Crusaders were locked in a tight battle in game two of the doubleheader as the score was tied at one entering the ninth inning before a seven run ninth opened up the game for William Carey.
Both teams scored in the first inning as Hodges scored on a Bohon groundout after reaching on an error. The Wolf Pack responded in the bottom half of the inning when Cazayoux singled and scored on LoSauro’s groundout.
William Carey opened up the tie game as Mitch Bohon started the frame by reaching on an error by shortstop Britt Pellegrin. Scott Fabre smoked a triple to deep right center in the next at bat to score the pinch runner Aaron Brady. Then Fabre scored when Richard Hensarling singled to shallow right field. Sean Hodges came to the plate with the bases loaded later in the inning and hit a triple that went off Evan Turkish’s glove which scored three runs. Lahasky singled to score Hodges and then scored on a Bohon double to cap off a seven run inning for the Crusaders.
With the game tied at one in the sixth inning Asta came to the plate with runners on the corners. Asta lifted the ball to deep left field but Keyes made a catch on the warning track to keep the score knotted. Asta came up again in the bottom of the eighth inning with the bases loaded but Scott Fabre made a running catch to keep the score even heading into the ninth.
Daniel Posway started and pitched eight strong innings for the Wolf Pack as he only allowed three hits and a walk while striking out four Crusaders. However the bullpen gave way in the ninth inning as Conor Thurman and Joel Buhler could not prevent the Crusaders from scoring. Michael Pfister got the last out of the inning. Thurman (0-3) allowed four runs, while retiring one Crusader hitter for the loss..
Vito Perna pitched 7.1 innings while only allowing one run to cross the plate on seven hits and a walk. He struck out five Wolf Pack players. However Josh Wood (2-1) earned the victory as he pitched 1.2 innings and only allowed one run on one hit.
Cazayoux went 3 for 5 in game two of the doubleheader while scoring a run for Loyola (6-12, 2-3). Karson Cullins went 2 for 4 in the Wolf Pack defeat.
Hodges went 1 for 5 for WCU (9-6, 4-1) while scoring three RBI’s and two runs. Bohon went 2 for 5 with two RBI’s and Scott Fabre went 2 for 4 with a RBI and a run.
The two teams will be back in action on Sunday, February 24th at Noon for the series finale at Segnette Field.