(Pulaski, Tenn.) Loyola University New Orleans mounted late rallies in both halves of the doubleheader, but fell short to Martin Methodist 12-10 and 6-4 on Friday evening.
Game 1: Loyola 10 Martin Methodist 12
Loyola fell behind as Martin Methodist scored multiple runs in each of the first four innings and led 12-1 after four frames. Loyola made a furious comeback as they scored nine across the fifth and sixth frames but it wasn’t enough as they lost 12-10 in game one of the doubleheader.
Clint Gobbell hit his third home run of the season to leadoff the bottom of the first inning. Blake Truett and Erick Bonifacio singled and moved into scoring position on a sacrifice. Both runners scored on a single up the middle by Seth Staggs.
Chase Denton homered to leadoff the second and two more runs would come around to score that inning. Two also crossed the plate in the Redhawks third as Gobbell smacked a double to deep left centerfield to score Ryan Jett and Jimbo Ramsey.
Martin Methodist would add four in the fourth on two hits, four walks, one hit by pitch, and two wild pitches. Ramsey and Truett each picked up a RBI in the frame.
Loyola pulled five runs back in the fifth inning as Garrett Lacour got the rally started with a one out single. He moved to second on Phil Cazayoux’s single and both runners advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch. Daniel Pappas hit a sacrifice fly to score Lacour. Cazayoux came home on Brandon Snow’s double down the right field line. Nicholson walked before Karson Cullins smoked a double into deep left centerfield to score Snow. Carmelo LoSauro followed with a single that plated two.
Loyola cut the deficit to two with a four run sixth inning that saw Lacour again start the rally with a single. Lance Licciardi followed with a one out single as he was pinch hitting for Pappas. Snow reached on an error which scored Lacour before Nicholson found a hole on the left side of the infield that plated Licciardi. Cullins picked up another RBI with a single to left which brought Snow home. Nicholson and Cullins would move into scoring position on a passed ball. Nevin Brown plated Nicholson with a single to the pitcher’s mound. However, Toscano struck out with the tying run on base.
Joel Buhler (3-6) took the loss as he pitched three innings and surrendered eight hits, eight runs, six earned, and one walk while striking out three. Tim Getty started the fourth and gave up three straight walks all of which came in to score. Jordan Green pitched the rest of the fourth and was charged with two hits, one walk, and one run. Nick Moore finished the game with two innings of work and two baserunners allowed.
Blake Beavers (5-4) took the win as he pitched 5.1 innings. He allowed 12 hits, nine runs, eight earned, and one walk. Morgan Wilson gave up three hits and one run while recording one out. Dalton Goss put out the fire as he pitched the final 1.1 innings only allowing one hit. He earned his third save of the year.
Lacour was 3 for 4 with two runs. Cullins also had a three hit game to go with one run and two RBI’s. Nicholson scored three times and knocked in one. Snow was 1 for 4 but had two runs and two RBI’s. Cazayoux also collected two hits and a run.
Gobbell was 2 for 3 with two runs and three RBI’s to pace the Redhawks attack. Truett collecte three hits to go with one RBI and one run. Staggs scored once and knocked in two. Denton and Ramsey each had two runs and one RBI.
Game 2: Loyola 4 Martin Methodist 6
Gobbell scored the opening run of game two after he singled in the first inning. He stole second with two outs and scored when Ferguson reached on an error.
In the second inning Jett singled and Denton reached on a fielder’s choice. With two outs Lindsey singled through the hole at second base and was pinch ran for by Long. Both Long and Denton scored on Gobbell’s triple in the next at bat.
Martin Methodist (20-12, 12-8) added three insurance runs in the sixth inning as Ferguson and Staggs started the frame with walks. Jett sacrificed the runners to second and third. Denton singled to score Ferguson. Ramsey followed with a double which scored Brodie Jeffrey who was running for Staggs. Caleb Lindsey singled to shallow rightfield which scored Denton.
The Wolf Pack (20-21, 7-13) pulled four runs back in the eighth inning as Lacour and Cazayoux reached on an errors. Pappas was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Lacour scored as Nicholson grounded out to second. Cullins singled up the middle to bring home Cazayoux and Pappas. LoSauro singled to move Cullins to second. Brown brought home Cullins with another single to bring the score within two, but the Pack wouldn’t get any closer.
Kevin Lindsey (4-6) took the mound for Loyola and pitched 5.1 innings while giving up nine hits, six runs, and five earned runs. Conner Thurman pitched the final 2.2 innings while only allowing two hits.
Clay Brown (6-3) pitched 8.1 innings for Martin Methodist and earned the win as he gave up nine hits, four runs, and two earned runs. Owen Blackwelder got one out before Dalton Goss came in to record the one out save, his fourth of the year and second of the day.
Cullins led the Pack at the plate with a 3 for 4 game to go with one run and two RBI’s. LoSauro tallied two hits while Brown and Nicholson also picked up RBI’s.
Gobbell was 2 for 4 with two RBI’s and a run to set the table for Martin Methodist. Ferguson was 2 for 3 with a run. Denton notched two runs and one RBI. Lindsey collected three hits from the ninth spot in the order.
The Pack will be back in action on Tuesday, April 8th as they head to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to take on Southern University at 6 p.m.