(Corpus Christi, TX) Loyola University New Orleans baseball team kicked off the Holiday Inn Emerald Beach South Texas Baseball Classic by playing against Southeastern Oklahoma State on Friday afternoon at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi, TX. Loyola took four separate leads in the contest, but ultimately fell to the Storm, 9-6 in the tournament opener.
The Wolf Pack started the game with two runs in the first inning thanks to RBI’s from Karson Cullins and Evan Turkish. However, the Storm responded immediately as McCarteny and Bowen brought home runners to even the score.
In the second inning both teams scored a run, but had the opportunity for more. Carmelo LoSauro walked with the bases loaded for the Wolf Pack, but the Pack could do no more damage as Cullins got out. Jeffrey Castille worked out of a jam in the bottom half of the inning by getting three consecutive outs with the bases loaded to limit the Storm’s damage to one run.
LoSauro doubled home Garrett Lacour and Brandon Snow in the fourth inning to put Loyola out front again, but Alexander doubled home Salter in the bottom of the frame then scored on McCarteny’s second RBI of the afternoon.
Cullins put the Pack back in front with good situational hitting in the sixth inning. He grounded out to second with one out and runners on the corners, which allowed Philip Cazayoux to score from third base. In the bottom half of the inning, Alexander scored on Woodruff’s single after reaching on an error.
In the seventh inning, the Storm were able to break the game open as Ramsey reached on an error while trying to lay down a sacrifice bunt. Carraway went from first to third and scored when a passed ball occurred during the next at bat. Springer doubled home Ramsey, and Salter knocked in Springer to give the Storm all the runs they would need.
Kevin Lindsey (0-2) picked up the loss for the Wolf Pack despite working four innings in relief while giving up only two earned runs. Castille started and went four innings for the Pack.
Lewis (1-0) picked up the victory for the Storm as he went three innings without allowing a run. He struck out four and allowed only three hits.
LoSauro went 2 for 4 on the day with a walk, one run, and three RBI’s to lead the Wolf Pack offense. Brandon Snow reached base four of the five times he came to the plate and scored two runs.
Salter went 4 for 5 with a RBI and two runs for the Storm. While his teammate, Springer also had a RBI and two runs while going 3 for 5 at the plate. Alexander went 2 for 5 while knocking in two and scoring two.
The Wolf Pack (3-6) will continue the tournament against St. Cloud State University on Saturday February 9th in Corpus Christi. While Southeastern Oklahoma State (2-0) will take on tournament hosts Texas A&M Kingsville. The Wolf Pack will play Texas A&M Kingsville in the tournament finale Sunday at 4 p.m.