(New Orleans, La.) Britt Pellegrin pinch hit single over the second baseman scored Evan Turkish in the seventh inning as Loyola University New Orleans defeated Truett-McConnell College 2-1 in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader. Loyola then completed the sweep in their last home series of the season with a 7-6 victory in game two.
Game 1: Loyola 2 TMC 1
Turkish opened the final frame with a double to deep left-center field and then got to third on Bradley Brunet’s sacrifice bunt. Bears pitcher Kirby Alls elected to try to get Turkish going to third on the play allowing Brunet to reach base. After Kirby Alls retired Lance Licciardi, Pellegrin delivered the game winning single.
Truett-McConnell jumped in front of the Pack in the third inning as Sean Chesire singled then moved to third when Caleb Hardy bunted to third base and reached on a wild throw by Nevin Brown. Buck Harris followed by lifting a fly ball down the right field line which allowed Chesire to score on the sacrifice fly.
Loyola tied the game in the sixth inning as Philip Cazayoux walked, but Alls’ pickoff attempt was errant and allowed Cazayoux to get to third. Carmelo LoSauro singled up the middle to score Cazayoux and tie the score.
Jeffrey Castille got the start on senior day and worked 6.1 innings while only allowing six hits and one unearned run while striking out four. However, he left with the bases loaded, but Conor Thurman (2-3) was able to get out of the jam by inducing a popout and a groundout. Thurman earned the victory as the Pack scored in the bottom half of the inning.
Alls (2-6) pitched a complete game, as he allowed five hits, two walks, two runs, one earned run while getting four strikeouts in 6.1 innings.
Five different Wolf Pack players collected hits. Brown, Brunet, Turkish, Snow, and LoSauro all garnered hits while Cullins and Cazayoux reached via walks.
Harris, Riordan, Cam Pearson, P.D. Foster, Cole Godwin, and Chesire each got a hit for the Bears. Harris collected the RBI as Chesire scored.
Game 2: Loyola 7 TMC 6
Loyola scored two runs in the seventh inning to take the lead on their way to a 7-6 victory over Truett-McConnell in game two of Saturday’s doubleheader at Segnette Field.
Cazayoux walked and Cullins singled in the seventh inning before LoSauro singled to right to score Cazayoux. Turkish hit a grounder which allowed Cullins to score as Turkish was able to beat out the double play by hustling down the line.
Truett-McConnell (7-30, 4-19) jumped out to an early lead as they put up four runs in the first inning. Harris walked and Riordan doubled, before Ross Roberts singled off Wolf Pack starter Joel Buhler. TMC batted around in the inning, Godwin had the big hit of the inning as his double scored Brett Clifton and chased Buhler from the game. Daniel Posway replaced Buhler and got Chesire to pop out to end the inning.
Loyola responded with three runs of their own in the first inning as Cazayoux walked and Cullins singled before LoSauro doubled to left-center field to score Cazayoux. With two outs, designated hitter Cameron Choquette singled up the middle with two outs to bring home Cullins and LoSauro.
Loyola tied up the game in the next frame as Garrett Lacour scored on Philip Cazayoux’s double to right field. Cazayoux was out on the play stretching fort third base.
The Bears retook the lead in the fourth inning as they scored two runs. Harris knocked in Godwin with a single. Then Harris got in a rundown on a pickoff attempt by Daniel Posway, Harris was tagged out but Chesire stole home during the rundown.
Loyola (15-33, 8-19) cut the deficit to one in the fifth inning as Cameron Choquette worked a walk with the bases loaded. In the next at bat, a wild pitch got away from catcher Buck Harris, but Cullins was tagged out as Harris recovered and got the ball to Cody Gable for the out.
Buhler allowed five hits and four runs in .2 innings of work as he started the game. Posway replaced him and pitched 5.1 innings of relief for the Pack. He gave up three hits and two unearned runs. Jared Belmonte (2-2) started the seventh inning and pitched 2.1 innings while only allowing three hits. Thurman replaced Belmonte in the ninth inning and got a groundout before striking out pinch hitter Jarred Oliver to end the game. It was Thurman’s third save of the season.
Cody Gable (2-6) got the start for the Bears and pitched a complete game while allowing eight hits, seven runs, and five walks. He struck out 10 batters and threw 124 pitches.
LoSauro was 2 for 4 on the day with 2 RBI’s and a run. Choquette had a career high three RBI’s while going 1 for 3. Cullins had a 3 for 4 game with two runs. Cazayoux scored three runs as he went 1 for 1 at the plate with two walks, he also collected a RBI.
Harris was 2 for 4 with a RBI for Truett-McConnell. Godwin had a 3 for 4 day at the plate with a run and a RBI. P.D. Foster, Roberts, and Ryan Farmer collected the other Bears RBI’s.
Prior to Saturday’s doubleheader, Loyola honored nine seniors on senior day. Tony Asta, Jared Belmonte, Bradley Brunet, Jeffrey Castille, Richard Dempsey, Justin Romaire, Evan Turkish, Jake Weinstock, and student assistant coach Braden LaRuffa were honored.
The Wolf Pack will be back in action at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16th as they head to Baton Rouge to take on Southern University in a non-conference game.