WESTWEGO, La. – Brandon Snow went 2-for-3 with a run scored and Ryan Scott hit an inside-the-park home run to right-center field as the ‘Pack went ahead early, but the number two-ranked Lee University Flames defeated the Loyola University Wolfpack, 7-3.
Karson Cullins hit a double to deep left field and Taylor Domengeaux had two hits for the Wolfpack (10-22, 2-4 SSAC). Scott had all three of Loyola’s runs batted in on the evening. Michael Brown had three RBIs and five players had two hits each for the Flames (27-6, 6-0 SSAC).
Loyola went ahead early, plating a pair of runs in the first inning. Slade Sanders led off with a walk and Ryan Scott hit a ball to deep right-center. Two Lee outfielders had a collision on the field, allowing both runners to cross home plate safely, resulting in an inside-the-park homer for Scott.
Lee narrowed its deficit to one in the top of the second when a sac fly plated Justin Marrero, who led off with a triple.
Loyola’s run in the third returned the lead to two. Snow led off with a double and moved over to third on a passed ball. Scott then hit a sac fly, scoring Snow.
The Flames tied the game in the fourth. Joe Ramirez led off with a single. A Wolfpack error scored Ramirez and put Logan Bowers on third. Bowers was driven in on a Brown single. Lee plated another run in the fifth, which proved to be the game-winning run. Preston Scoggins reached on a single and was driven in by a Ramirez double. Lee added three insurance runs to seal the victory.
Shay Crawford (5-1) earned the win for Lee, giving up three earned runs over seven innings and striking out 14 Loyola batters. Logan Peterson (1-7) took the loss for the ‘Pack with five runs (three earned) over seven innings.
The crowd was entertained by a fireworks display following the game. Loyola Athletics also teamed up with Student Government Association, the Office of Mission and Ministry and the SophoMORE Initiative to support the NOLA Japan Quake Fund, an effort to raise recovery funds for victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
The Flames and ‘Pack will take the field on Saturday for a doubleheader at Segnette Field, beginning at 1 p.m.
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