(Westwego, La.) Loyola University New Orleans baseball team split a doubleheader with Calumet College of St. Joseph on Thursday afternoon at Segnette Field. Calumet took game one 2-0 before Loyola responded with a 2-1 win in the nightcap.
Game 1: Calumet 2 Loyola 0
Enrique Zemora (2-1) tossed seven shutout innings while striking out 10 Wolf Pack players and only allowing two hits and no walks. He retired the last 11 batters of the game, seven of which came via the strikeout. Zemora retired the side in order in five of the seven innings and induced 10 groundouts.
Stewart Campbell (0-3) took the loss despite pitching four innings and only allowing four hits and two unearned runs and striking out two. Nick Moore came in and pitched the final three innings allowing one hit and two walks, while striking out four.
The two Crimson Wave runs both crossed the plate in the second inning. Reinhold Navas started the rally with a one out single to center. Eric Barnier popped up to shallow left field, Harold Toscano went back on the play but dropped it to put runners on first and second. Luis Rondon singled to right center to open the scoring and put runners on the corners. Jonathan Cardenas followed with a sacrifice fly to center to score Barnier.
The Wolf Pack attempted to answer in the bottom half of the inning as Carmelo LoSauro led off the frame with a double to right-centerfield. Karson Cullins chopped a ball over the pitcher and was retired, but LoSauro advanced to third on the play. However, Zemora shut down Lance Licciardi and Nevin Brown to get out of the inning without surrendering a run.
LoSauro and John Nicholson both went 1 for 3 to lead the Pack offense.
Cesar Mari was 2 for 3 at the plate. Rondon was 1 for 3 with an RBI, while Cardenas drove in the other CCSJ run. Navas went 1 for 3 with a run scored.
Game 2: Loyola 2, Calumet 1
Daniel Posway (4-1) was dominant on the mound for the Wolf Pack as he only surrendered two hits and struck out five in six shutout innings. He retired 13 of the last 14 batters he faced and sat down four straight batters on strikeouts across the third and fourth innings. The sophomore righthander was efficient in throwing only 57 pitches over six innings.
The Wolf Pack staked Posway a lead in the third inning after Brian Reaney led off with a double to deep centerfield. Garrett Lacour bunted Reaney over to third base and scored as Brandon Snow reached on an error by the shortstop Michael Gamble.
Loyola (10-10) added the eventual winning run in the fourth inning with a two out rally. Daniel Pappas singled to center. Andrew Fournet came in as a courtesy runner and stole second base. Toscano singled to third base, Cardenas tried to make a play and overthrew the first baseman allowing Fournet to come around and score.
Connor Thurman relieved Posway in the seventh and allowed Jesus Alvarez to reach on a bobble by Nicholson at third base. Cardenas followed with a single to put runners on the corners with nobody out. With pinch hitter Mari standing at the plate, Thurman faked to third and picked off Cardenas who had strayed off the bag at first. Mari grounded out which scored Alvarez. Navas, another pinch hitter, struck out to end the game as Thurman earned his third save of the season.
Starter Ed Arambula (1-1) gave up four hits, one walk, two runs, and one earned run while sitting down three Wolf Pack batters on strikeouts.
Toscano, Reaney, Pappas, and Cullins each collected one hit. Snow had the lone Wolf Pack RBI while Fournet and Reaney each scored a run.
Calumet (5-13-1) got hits from Cardenas, Mikyl Fleming, and Andres Nandin. Cesar Mari had the RBI while Alvarez scored the run.
The two teams combined to throw 27 innings and allow 14 hits and one earned run across the two games as the pitching was dominant for both sides. The games moved quickly as game one of the doubleheader lasted 90 minutes and game two was finished in 70 minutes.
The Wolf Pack will be make a quick trip to Alexandria, Louisiana over the weekend for a doubleheader against LSU-Alexandria on Saturday, March 8th. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. at the Generals Baseball/Softball Complex.