(Montgomery, AL) Loyola University New Orleans tied the game in the eighth inning, before Auburn University Montgomery scored two runs in the bottom half of the inning to win the conference opener 4-2 Friday night at the Auburn University at Montgomery Baseball Complex.
Loyola (4-10) opened the scoring in the 4th inning when Karson Cullins singled to right and advanced to second on a balk by Chad Reeves. He scored when John Nicholson singled to left with two outs in the frame.
Auburn Montgomery responded in the 5th inning without getting a hit. Chad Mansmann led off the inning being hit by Wolf Pack pitcher Jeffrey Castille. Mansmann stole second, and advanced to third when Bearden flied out to center. Mansmann came home on a wild pitch to even the score line.
The Warhawks took the lead in the seventh inning after Josh Thompson singled and stole second and advanced to third on Mansmann’s sacrifice bunt. After Blake Bearden walked, Shane Turner singled through the hole to score Thompson.
Cullins picked up an RBI in the eighth inning to tie the game by singling to score Philip Cazayoux. Cazayoux reached base on a hit by pitch and moved to second on a balk.
AUM (6-4) took the lead back in the eighth inning, as Wes Hughes hit a double and Branden Kelly walked. Thompson was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out. Mansmann popped out, but Cameron Retif couldn’t get out of the jam as Bearden reached on an error by Brandon Snow to score Hughes. Turner walked to score Kelley and give the Warhawks a two run lead.
Castille started and pitched 6 1/3 innings while giving up eight hits and two runs while striking out six Warhawks in the no decision. However, he left two runners on in the seventh before Cameron Retif came in and got out of the jam in five pitches. Retif (0-1) pitched 1 1/3 innings and allowed one hit and two walks while picking up the loss.
Reeves took a no decision after pitching six innings and giving up one run on three hits and two walks while striking out nine players. Britt Wilson (1-0) pitched 1 2/3 innings and had two strikeouts and picked up the victory despite allowing three base runners.
Loyola’s offensive attack was led by Cullins who went 3 for 4 with an RBI and a run. Nicholson went 1 for 4 with an RBI.
AUM’s Bearden went 2 for 4 with a RBI while Turner went 1 for 4 with 2 RBI’s. Wes Hughes went 2 for 3 with a run to help lead Auburn’s 18th ranked attack.
The two teams will be back in action for a doubleheader on Saturday, February 16th starting at Noon in Montgomery.