(Westwego, La.) Loyola University New Orleans baseball team swept a doubleheader against Blue Mountain College on Friday evening at Segnette Field. The Wolf Pack took game one 10-1 before following that up with a 6-1 victory. Daniel Posway and Joel Buhler combined to throw 14.1 innings while giving up two runs to propel the Pack to victory.
Game 1: BMC 1 Loyola 6
Trae Allison led off the game for the Toppers with a single off Posway. Brandon Berry followed by grounding into a fielder’s choice. Josh Crowder singled, and Berry came around to score the only Blue Mountain run of the game on Vince DeMelo’s double to left.
However, Posway (2-1) only allowed five hits the rest of the game as he pitched a complete game while only allowing one run and eight total hits.
The Wolf Pack were quickly able to erase the deficit in the bottom of the first inning. Phil Cazayoux bunted for a base hit with one out. He went from first to third as Jose Acosta’s pickoff attempt went astray. Cazayoux then scored on a Karson Cullins sacrifice fly to right field. The Wolf Pack didn’t stop scoring as Nicholson singled and stole second. Kevin Lindsey walked and Nevin Brown followed with an RBI single. Nicholson scored on the play and Lindsey was able to score after a throw to tag him out at third wound up in the Wolf Pack dugout.
The Pack added three more in the second as Daniel Pappas led off the frame with a walk. Andrew Fournet, his courtesy runner, was bunted to second by Lacour and scored on a Brandon Snow single through the hole at second base. After a Cazayoux single and stolen base, Cullins came to bat with runners at second and third. He singled to score both runners and chase Acosta from the game.
Acosta (0-3) departed having given up six hits, six runs, five earned, and two walks in only 1.1 innings. Tyler Jones pitched the final 4.2 innings and he gave up six hits and four unearned runs as the Pack scored three more in the fourth inning and chipped in one more in the sixth.
Cazayoux had a 3 for 4 game but scored four runs and had an RBI. Cullins had three RBI’s and a run as part of his 2 for 3 day. Lindsey was 2 for 2 with two RBI’s and a run. Nicholson and Brown also tallied RBI’s while Snow, Nicholson, Fournet, and Lacour crossed the plate.
Josh Crowder was the only Topper with more than one hit, as he went 2 for 3. Berry scored the only run and DeMelo had the lone RBI.
Game 2: BMC 1 Loyola 6
Loyola’s dominant pitching continued in the second game of the doubleheader as Buhler set a career high with 12 strikeouts. The sophomore pitched 7.1 innings, only allowing four hits and one run. He retired the first nine batters he faced, striking out six of them. The bottom third of the Topper order went 0 for 9 against Buhler with nine strikeouts.
The Wolf Pack opened the scoring with a two out rally in the third inning. Blake Battle singled to right and was followed by a Snow single. Battle came around to score on a Cazayoux single. Cullins stood at the plate with runners on the corner, but the pitcher Chance Sanders faked a throw to third and threw to first, he caught Cazayoux off the base. Cazayoux got in a rundown which allowed Snow to score from third. Cazayoux was tagged out on the play to end the inning.
The Pack added two more in the fourth as Nicholson was hit by a pitch and Carmelo Lo Sauro singled. The runners moved to second and third on a wild pitch. Nicholson came home on a single by Nevin Brown. Brown stole second on the same play as the previous inning, but this time LoSauro was tagged out trying to go home. Brown scored on a Lance Licciardi single to centerfield
Loyola added a run in the fifth as Cazayoux reached on a walk with two outs. He stole second, but had to leave the game with an injury, his pinch runner, Fournet came around to score on a Cullins single to center.
The Toppers scored in the sixth as Allison reached on a walk and moved to second on a Berry single. He came around to score when Crowder singled to right field.
Loyola (7-5, 3-2) added one more in the seventh inning. Nick Moore pitched .2 of an inning without allowing a baserunner and Connor Thurman pitched the ninth only allowing one hit and one walk. The three Pack pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts.
Sanders (0-2) pitched 5 innings and allowed eight hits, one walk and five earned runs while striking out three. Will Basil followed with 1.1 innings, he allowed two hits, one walk and one run. Brandon Montgomery finished the game with 1.2 innings of one hit pitching.
Loyola got RBI’s from five different guys and runs from five different players. Snow was the only player with two runs on his 2 for 5 game. Cullins and LoSauro each compiled two hits and one RBI.
Allison reached base three times for Blue Mountain (1-8, 0-5) as he went 1 for 2 with a run and two walks. Crowder was 1 for 4 with the sole Topper RBI.
The two teams will finish up their three game set with a single game on Saturday, February 22nd at Segnette Field. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.