(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans fell to #9 Faulkner University 4-2 in the series opener on Friday evening at Segnette Field.
The Wolf Pack trailed 2-0 entering the eighth inning but had a two out rally. Nevin Brown reached on a walk and Garrett Lacour moved to first with a hit by pitch. The runners moved up a base when Johnny Shuttlesworth threw a wild pitch. Then Philip Cazayoux grounded to second base but Luis Sanchez’s threw the ball away allowing Lacour and Brown to score and tie the game.
In the Faulkner ninth, Michael Cruz singled to start the inning but Wolf Pack pitcher Daniel Posway got Sergio Sanchez to strike out and Ethan Williams to fly out to center. However, with
two outs David Bishop hit a two run home run to left field which gave the Eagles a 4-2 lead.
Faulkner (26-8, 13-3) opened the scoring in the fifth as Sanchez stroked a double to right center and scored when Paula had a two out single up the middle to break the 0-0 deadlock. They added another run the next inning as Zac Colby singled past a drawn in infield to score Sanchez who had reached on a walk.
Daniel Posway (2-5) pitched a complete game for Loyola (9-26, 2-14) as he allowed six hits, four runs and one walk while striking out five Eagles. Posway held Faulkner hitless through the first four innings of the game. His only blemish to that point was hitting Colby in the fourth inning.
Johnny Shuttlesworth (6-1) was impressive for Faulkner as he threw a two hitter with one walk, only allowing two unearned runs to score while striking out four.
Karson Cullins and Carmelo LoSauro each went 1 for 4 at the plate. Those were the only two hits allowed by Faulkner.
Bishop had a 2 for 4 day with one run and two RBI’s on the home run he hit in the ninth inning. Colby was 1 for 3 with one RBI while Esteban Paula was 1 for 4 with a RBI.
The two teams will be back in action for a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Segnette Field. The game was originally scheduled for 1:00 p.m. but will now be played at noon due to the threat of inclement weather.