BATON ROUGE, La. - Loyola’s David McChesney brought in five runs in his first two at-bats including a three-run home run as the Loyola University New Orleans baseball team defeated Southern University 8-5 on Tuesday night at Lee Hines Field
Loyola (14-19) scored all eight runs in the first two frames to grab the early advantage. Southern chipped away at the lead before reliever Kevin Fontenot pitched the final two innings to close out the game.
Along with McChesney, the offense was led by Ryan Scott with three hits while Caleb Templet and Taylor Domengeaux had two apiece. Loyola outhit the Jaguars 12-7.
Joey Pajares (1-2) picked up the win, pitching five innings, giving up four hits, two runs, and had four strikeouts.
For Southern (11-14), Troy LaBorde took the loss, giving up three runs on two hits before being pulled in the first. The Jaguars were led on offense by Kyle Smith and Mike Gonzalez with two hits each while Frazier Hall hit a two-run homer in the eighth.
After a pair of walks to start the game, McChesney ripped a two-run double down the left field line to put Loyola on the board. Scott then capped off the first with a RBI single.
With two on and two outs in the second, McChesney came up again and delivered a three-run shot, his second of the season, over the left-center wall to make the score 6-0. Templet and Chris May added RBI singles in the inning to put Loyola up eight.
Pajares breezed through the first three innings before running into trouble in the fourth. With the bases loaded and no outs, the Jaguars managed to score a pair on a double play fielder’s choice and a single by Gonzalez.
After adding a run in the seventh, Southern’s Hall cut the deficit to 8-5 with his homer in the eighth. Fontenot then came in to close the game, pitching two perfect innings for his fourth save of the season.
Loyola returns to action next weekend with a three-game series against LSU-Shreveport at Segnette Field. Saturday is Family Day at the park with tickets for the event costing $15 for adults which includes the price of admission as well as burgers, hot dogs, chips, and drinks. Kids 12 and under get in free. The doubleheader on Saturday will start at 1 P.M. with Sunday’s finale set for a 1 o’clock start as well. Before Saturday’s games, the All-Decade team will be honored 15 minutes prior to first pitch.