(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans is coming off their second three game winning streak of the season and will now head to Marietta, Georgia to take on Southern Polytechnic State University in a three game SSAC series starting on Friday, March 15th. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. eastern time with Saturday’s doubleheader slated for a noon start.
Loyola (9-20, 2-10) enters the three game series against Southern Poly after sweeping Blackburn College in a midweek three game set. Karson Cullins started the winning streak with a walk off game winning sacrifice fly in the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader, before having four hits in game two and closing out the series with four RBI’s in the finale played at John Ryan Stadium. Joel Buhler and Justin Romaire both picked up the first wins of their career against Blackburn.
Southern Poly (16-6, 6-3) has won the last four games and are in the midst of an eight game home stand. They received votes in the latest NAIA poll after a three game sweep of Emmanuel College and a 9-7 midweek victory over the country’s 12th ranked squad Lindsey Wilson (KY). Catcher Jordan Williams had a 4 for 5 day with two RBI’s in the victory over Lindsey Wilson.
With the big weekend, Cullins edged ahead of Brandon Snow for the team lead in average .377 to .376. Cullins leads the team with three home runs, 40 hits, 27 RBI’s, and 12 steals. Philip Cazayoux leads the team with 24 runs primarily serving as the first or second hitter in the order.
Williams is tied for the Hornets’ team lead in average as both he and Josue Quinones sport a .369 average. Quinones has crossed the plate a team high 17 times. Tyler Roach leads the team with 17 RBI’s and two home runs. Chris Dykes has also swatted two home runs out of the park.
Kevin Lindsey, Jeffrey Castille, and Daniel Posway will take the mound for the Wolf Pack this weekend. Posway and Lindsey share the team lead with 24 strikeouts. Lindsey leads the starters with a 3.44 ERA over 34 innings pitched. Posway and Lindsey have each collected two victories which leads the team.
Darin Wiltgen anchors the Hornets pitching staff with a 1.49 ERA in 36.1 innings. He has a record of 3-1 to go with 28 strikeouts. Teigh Dooley and Jordan Egan are the other starters for Southern Poly with Egan striking out 33 in 26.1 innings of work and Dooley holding a 3.48 ERA.