NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Loyola University New Orleans baseball team will kick off its 2011 season on Saturday, Jan. 29 with the first of a pair of double-headers against Brescia University.
Coach Gee Cassard and his Wolfpack are coming off of a 2010 campaign that ended with an appearance in the GCAC Tournament championship game after earning tournament wins over Tougaloo, Belhaven, Spring Hill and William Carey.
The ‘Pack is led by seniors Taylor Domengeaux, Ryan Scott and Carl Labit, Jr., who highlight a squad of 21 returning players and 14 newcomers.In 2010, Scott paced the LU offense with 45 RBIs, a .378 batting average, a .553 on-base percentage and a .608 slugging percentage. Of Scott’s 54 hits, 23 of them went for extra bases, including four home runs.
Domengeaux was one of the ‘Pack’s most effective pitchers last season, going 6-3 with a 5.37 ERA, good for third on the team. Domengeaux was also formidable at the plate, batting .271 with 17 RBIs. Labit, meanwhile, picked up a pair of wins and struck out 28 opponents in 2010.
Among the other top returning players are Tyler Duplantis (.349, 34 RBI), Chris May (.268, 16 RBI), Bradley Brunet (.277, 14 RBI), Slade Sanders (.297, 27 runs scored, .833 stolen base percentage), Trey Campeaux (1-0, 5.70 ERA) and George Smith (two wins, 38 strikeouts).
This season marks the start of a new era, as the Wolfpack begin play in the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) for the first time. The ‘Pack will still play familiar foes, as former GCAC opponents Mobile, Belhaven, William Carey and Spring Hill also shifted conferences and appear on the ‘Pack’s 2011 schedule.
The first test of the year will come at home against Brescia in a pair of doubleheaders on Jan. 29-30. The Bearcats, hailing from Owensboro, Ky., started out 2010 0-15 before turning their season around and finishing 21-28 and eventually falling in their conference championship game. Both doubleheaders start at 1 p.m. at Segnette Field in Westwego.
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