(Memphis, Tenn.) The Loyola University New Orleans baseball team split a doubleheader with Christian Brothers University on Wednesday afternoon at Buc Field. Loyola took the first game 3-1 and fell in game two 8-6.
Game 1: Loyola 3 Christian Brothers 1
Loyola (4-9) scored one run in the seventh inning and two in the eighth to come back to defeat Christian Brothers 3-1 and snap an eight game losing streak in the opening game of the doubleheader.
John Nicholson reached on an error and Evan Turkish walked, before Tony Asta came to the plate with two outs in the seventh. Asta was able to reach on a throwing error by the newly instated third baseman Tanner Sandel. Nicholson scored on the play to force extra innings for the Wolf Pack.
In the eighth inning, Philip Cazayoux walked and stole second. Karson Cullins singled and moved over to second on a wild throw before Carmelo LoSauro singled to right center to score both Cazayoux and Cullins.
The Bucs opened the scoring in the sixth inning when Stephen Joe reached on a fielder’s choice to shortstop. Tyler Burnett advanced to third, but Britt Pellegrin’s throwing error allowed Burnett to score as Loyola was attempting a double play. Braden Keathley was out at second on the play.
Kevin Lindsey (1-2) pitched a complete game for the Wolf Pack while allowing one run and six hits in his eight innings of work. He struck out five Bucs.
Mac Cooley (0-1) gave up two runs in 1 2/3 innings in relief and was tagged with the loss. Starter Jack Parker pitched 6 1/3 innings allowing four hits and one unearned run.
LoSauro stayed hot after earning an All-Tournament nod at the Holiday Inn Emerald Beach South Texas Classic over the weekend. The sophomore went 1 for 4 with two RBI’s. Brandon Snow went 2 for 3 with a steal.
Tyler Burnett led the Bucs attack by going 2 for 4 with a run scored. Keathley went 1 for 3 with a double and the only walk issued by Lindsey.
Game 2: Loyola 6 Christian Brothers 8
A late Wolf Pack rally is thwarted by darkness as Loyola fell 8-6 in the second game of the doubleheader to Christian Brothers.
The Wolf Pack jumped out in front early as Snow walked, stole second and scored on another LoSauro RBI single. However, the Bucs answered quickly as Jarrett Jenkins bunted for a single to lead off the first, moved over to second on a sacrifice bunt, stole third and scored on a throwing error by the catcher, Bradley Brunet.
Snow picked up an RBI in his second at bat when his groundout to second scored Asta. Asta had reachd on a walk and gotten to third on a throwing error and a sacrifice bunt.
The score stayed 2-1 until the third inning when Christian Brothers (2-2) scored four runs. The big hit came when Cooley doubled to left field which scored Jenkins and advanced Burnett to third. Burnett would score on a Josh Hopkins single, and Cooley came around when Caleb Goodwin reached on a fielder’s choice.
Loyola got one run back in the fourth when Snow singled to center which scored Nicholson from second. However, the Bucs added two more in the bottom half of the inning when Keathley came on as a pinch hitter and doubled to right center, scoring Cooley and Jenkins.
Both teams scored one in the fifth, before Loyola loaded the bases in the sixth inning. LoSauro earned a walk which scored Garrett Lacour from third, and Evan Turkish was hit by a pitch to score Cazayoux. The Wolf Pack threat ended when Nicholson flied out to end the frame, and the game was called due to darkness.
Joel Buhler (0-1) took the loss after giving up seven earned runs in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out five Bucs, but walked four and allowed seven hits while taking the loss.
Jake Porter (1-0) earned the win for Christian Brothers as he pitched 2 2/3 innings in relief while allowing four base runners and two runs. Miles Anderson started and went one inning, he allowed two hits and one earned run.
Snow and LoSauro were instrumental in the Wolf Pack offense as they both went 2 for 3 with a walk, 2 RBI’s, and one run scored. Nicholson went 2 for 4 on the day with a RBI and a run.
Jenkins went 1 for 2 with three runs scored at the top of the Bucs’ order. Cooley went 2 for 2 with a RBI and two runs, both of his hits were doubles.
Loyola will return to action this weekend as they open SSAC play with a three game set against Auburn University Montgomery starting on Friday, February 15th at 4:00 p.m. in Montgomery. The series will conclude Saturday with a double header starting at 12:00 p.m.