(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans guaranteed their first winning season since 2002 with a 1-0 victory in game one of the doubleheader against Emmanuel College. Loyola then fell 8-1 in the night cap while looking to lock down a qualifying spot for the SSAC Tournament.
Game 1: Loyola 1, Emmanuel College 0
Kevin Lindsey pitched a complete game shutout and Brandon Snow drove home the game-winning run to lead Loyola to a 1-0 victory in the first game of the doubleheader.
Garrett Lacour ignited the Wolf Pack offense with a double down the third base line to lead off the bottom of the third. Philip Cazayoux helped advance the runner with a sacrifice bunt, allowing Lacour to move to third. Following a ground out to third base by Karson Cullins, Snow lofted a single to left and Lacour plated the victory run.
The Lions had several chances to convert offensively. In the first, Emmanuel had runners on first and second with one out, but Lindsey coerced Ahmad Williams into an inning-ending double play. In the following inning, Ben Grillo led off with a leadoff walk, but Matt Kennison popped up a bunt attempt to Lindsey. The right hander doubled off Grillo and struck out Michael Crow to end the second.
Emmanuel threatened again in the sixth as Billy Hutchins had a one out single. Alex Delgado followed with a line out to Wolf Pack shortstop Harold Toscano, who threw to first to catch a wandering Hutchins as Loyola turned their third double play of the game.
Lindsey (6-6) earned Loyola their first shutout win of the season, allowing three hits and one walk and striking out four Lions batters. Lacour commanded the Wolf Pack offense, going one for two and tallying the single run of the game.
Ryan Phillips (3-8) pitched a complete game for Emmanuel, allowing one run on three hits and two walks. Ahmmad Williams went one for two to lead the Lions at the plate.
Game 2: Loyola 1 Emmanuel 8
Loyola (26-23, 12-14) took a third inning lead in game two, before Emmanuel used a five run fifth inning to open up the game.
Loyola took the lead in the third inning in game two of the doubleheader. With two outs, Cullins reached first on an error by shortstop Alex Delgado. After a wild pitch moved Cullins to second, Brandon Snow was intentionally walked to bring up Jack Nicholson. Nicholson responded with a single to rightfield to bring home Cullins and put the Pack in front.
That lead would last until the fifth inning when pitcher/designated hitter Riley Sparks singled to right. Dacen Cash bunted for a base hit, and Snow had a wild throw that allowed Sparks pinch runner Carson Moon to move to third. Joel Buhler followed by walking Elliot Beard and Billy Hutchins which chased the left hander from the game.
Stewart Campbell came in and walked Delgado to score Cash. Ahmmad Williams singled through the hole on the right side of the infield to bring home Beard. Harold Toscano almost got the Wolf Pack out of the inning singlehandedly as Ben Grillo lined a ball straight at Toscano. Toscano stepped on second and tried to nail Williams at first, but he was able to get back in time. Matt Kennison singled to load the bases. Michael Crowe then dropped a single into left center which scored Hutchins and Williams.
Emmanuel (15-31, 7-20) added a run in the sixth as Cash singled, stole second, and went to third on a high throw from the catcher Lance Licciardi. He came home on Hutchins single through the infield. The Lions would add two more runs in the eighth to make the final margin 8-1.
Buhler (4-7) took the loss as he pitched 4+ innings and surrendered five hits, three walks, and four earned runs while striking out six. Campbell followed with 3.2 innings of work as he allowed four runs on nine hits and two walks. Nick Moore worked the final 1.1 innings without allowing a baserunner.
Sparks (4-7) was the winner after pitching six innings and giving up eight hits and one unearned run. Aaron Westbury pitched the final three frames only allowing one hit.
Cullins had a 2 for 5 game with one run. Toscano reached base in three of his four plate appearances with two singles and a walk.
Delgado had a 2 for 4 game with 3 RBI’s. Hutchins was also 2 for 4 with two RBI’s and a run. Crowe had two hits and two runs knocked in. Cash scored three times while collecting two hits and a walk.
This sets up an exciting rubber match to the series at 1 p.m. at Barrow Stadium on Saturday, April 26th. Loyola will need a win in the finale in order to qualify for the SSAC Tournament. Daniel Posway will take the mound for the Wolf Pack against Ahmmad Williams.