(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans will start the home slate of their SSAC schedule when they face off with William Carey University in a three game set which starts with a doubleheader on Saturday, February 23rd at 1:00 p.m. The two teams will conclude the set with a single game on Sunday, February 24th at 12:00 p.m. The teams were originally scheduled to open the series on Friday but inclement weather forced the game to be rescheduled on Sunday.
Loyola (5-11, 1-2) opened the conference season with a three game series against #18 Auburn-Montgomery. After losing the first two games, the Wolf Pack fought back from a 3-0 deficit by scoring eight runs in the last two innings on their way to an 8-7 victory in the series finale. Bradley Brunet had a single with the bases loaded which pushed across the deciding three runs for Loyola.
William Carey (8-5, 3-0) enters the game having won six straight games. They opened their SSAC schedule with a three game series sweep of Southern Wesleyan. They followed that with a non-conference doubleheader victory over LSU Alexandria.
The Wolf Pack offense is led by Freshman John Nicholson who is batting .385 with 14 RBI’s this season. Karson Cullins leads the team with two home runs and is tied with Carmelo LoSauro with a team high 15 RBI’s. Cullins, Phillip Cazayoux, and Britt Pellegrin all have crossed the plate 16 times which is tied for the team-high.
Daniel Posway has anchored the Wolf Pack pitching staff so far this season as he has pitched 20.2 innings with two victories and 15 strikeouts and an ERA of 3.92. Conor Thurman picked up the Wolf Pack’s first save of the season when he closed out the series finale against AUM.
The Crusaders are led at the plate by Mitch Bohon who leads the team with a .405 batting average and a 1.088 OPS. Scott Fabre leads William Carey with 13 runs, 10 RBI’s and three steals.
Jake Fabre leads the Crusaders’ pitching staff with a 1.53 ERA over 17.2 innings pitched. He has two complete games and two saves while striking out 15 opponents. Vito Perna leads the team with 17 strikeouts while boasting a 2.25 ERA over 20 innings pitched.