(Westwego, La.) Alexander Lorenzo had a walk off single in extra innings of game two as Loyola University New Orleans swept a Monday doubleheader against Dallas Christian College at Segnette Field. Loyola staved off a rally in game one to win 7-6, before a three run seventh inning rally tied the score in game two. Lorenzo’s single up the middle gave Loyola a 5-4 win.
Game 1: Loyola 7 DCC 6
Loyola used a six run fifth inning to break open a scoreless game one of the doubleheader. Peyton Senner led off with a single to second. He then scored on a RBI triple down the right field line by Harold Tosacno. Brian Reaney was hit by a pitch to put runners on the corners. Allen Newman singled to center to plate Toscano. Phil Cazayoux followed with a sacrifice bunt to put Reaney’s pinch runner, Nevin Brown at third and Newman on second. Daniel Pappas followed with a single through the right side of the infield which plated Brown and Newman. Fournet pinch ran for Pappas and stole second. He came home on Brandon Snow’s single up the middle. Karson Cullins moved Snow to third with a single. Carmelo LoSauro picked up an RBI on a groundout to second.
Dallas Christian pulled two back in the sixth, but Loyola answered with one of their own as Toscano and Michael Pfister reached on walks. Cazayoux singled into centerfield to score one. It proved to be an insurance run that the Wolf Pack would need.
In the Top of the seventh. Nathan Bidelman led off with a double deep down the right field line. Lenard Lopez and James Floyd were hit by pitches to load the bases. Corey Lee singled to plate Knowles. Kale McQuillan grounded out to score Lopez. After Conner Thurman induced a popout, Robert LaPorte hit a double over the leftfielder’s head to score Floyd and Lee. However, with the game tying run at second base, Nathan Maxey grounded out to short to end the game.
Thurman (3-0) pitched a complete game in earning the victory. He allowed nine hits, six runs, and one walk, while striking out two in seven innings.
Dylan Hussey pitched five innings and took the loss as he allowed six hits and six runs. He had a no-hitter going through four innings, but came unraveled in the fifth. Chance Weinstein walked two guys and did not record an out as he was credited with an earned run. Cal Westland pitched one inning and surrendered one hit.
Toscano was 1 for 2 with one walk, one run, and one RBI. Pappas was 1 for 4 with two RBI’s. Seven different Wolf Pack hitters recorded hits, and seven different players crossed the plate in a balanced Pack attack.
LaPorte was 2 for 2 with 3 RBI’s as he came off the bench. Lee had two hits, one run, and one RBI for the Crusaders. Bidelman, Chabriel Pizarro, and McQuillen each had doubles.
Game 2: Loyola 5 DCC 4
Dallas Christian scored a run in the 1st, 2nd, and 4th innings to build a 3-0 lead, before the Wolf Pack came storming back in the seventh.
The Crusaders were patient in the first inning as McQuillen walked, Pizarro singled, and Maxey singled to load the bases. Bidelman walked to bring home McQuillen and spot Dallas Christian the lead.
They would add to it in the second as Caleb Gibson walked and was pinch ran for by Austin Bell. Bell stole second and went to third on a fielders’ choice by James Floyd, in which an errant throw by Blake Battle allowed Bell to get to third. Floyd stole second drawing a throw from the catcher, Bell then came home on a delayed steal.
Dallas Christian added a run in the fourth, before Loyola got on the board in the bottom half. Garrett Lacour singled and was forced on a Brandon Snow single. Snow stole second and went to third on a wild pitch. Cullins walked before Brown singled through the right side of the infield to score Snow.
The Crusaders (21-19) added another in the sixth as LaPorte was hit by a pitch, moved to second on a walk to Gibson. He was bunted to third and scored on Floyd’s sacrifice fly to left.
That set up a Loyola (20-19) comeback in the seventh. Toscano opened the rally with a single to left. After an out, Lacour singled to right and Snow had a seeing eye singled through the left side of the infield which scored Toscano. Lacour and Snow moved to third and second on the throw home. After an out Karson Cullins came to the plate. The senior laced a single up the middle to tie the score as both Lacour and Snow came home to send the game to extra innings.
Nick Moore retired the Crusaders in order in the eighth frame to set up the bottom of the inning.
Nevin Brown led off with a walk. Pinch hitter Andrew Fournet laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Brown to second. Then Alexander Lorenzo recorded his fourth RBI of the season with a single up the middle to plate Brown and send the Pack home with the doubleheader win.
Stewart Campbell pitched five innings and gave up four hits, three runs, two earned runs, and four walks while striking out seven. Moore (1-0) picked up his first career victory. He pitched three innings, and gave up one walk and one run while striking out two.
Tim Wallace pitched six innings and earned a no-decision despite giving up one run on seven hits. He struck out seven before turning the game over to Jacob Houpt. Houpt worked 1.1 innings and took the loss as he allowed five hits, one walk, and four runs to score.
Snow had a 2 for 4 game with two runs and a RBI. Lacour was 3 for 4 with a run. Brown had a 2 for 3 game with a run and a RBI.
Pizarro had a 2 for 4 contest as the designated hitter. Trevor Lynn had a RBI despite going hitless.
The Wolf Pack crossed the 20 win plateau for the first time since 2006 with the doubleheader sweep.
The Pack will return to SSAC action this weekend against Martin Methodist College. There will be a doubleheader on Friday, April 4th starting at 2 p.m. The two squads will follow with a single game at 1 p.m. on April 5th.