Wolfpack Bats Awaken In Night Cap Of Split With Tougaloo

Sat, 03/06/2010

Posted: March 6, 2010 for Men's Baseball

Westwego, La.- After being held to one run on four hits in a 5-1 game one loss to Tougaloo, Loyola pounded out 16 hits in a 14-4 game 2 run rule win over the Bulldogs Saturday at Segnette Field.

With the first game tied at 1-1 in the seventh and final inning, Bulldog third baseman Derrick Singleton started a Tougaloo rally with a lead off infield base hit. Shortstop William Lowe singled to right-center to put Singleton on third, forcing a Wolfpack pitching change.

Center fielder Anthony Triplett tried a squeeze bunt that pitcher Kevin Fontenot placed perfectly to catcher Patrick Whelen to get Singleton out at home. After a sacrifice bunt to move the runners up and a walk to load the bases, Tougaloo designated hitter William Walker drew another walk to give the Bulldogs the lead at 2-1. First baseman Lanford Porter then doubled down the right field foul line to bring in two, making it 4-1. Second baseman Shayne Odum singled in a run to make it 5-1.

The Wolfpack loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the inning, but Loyola center fielder Slade Sanders hit a fly ball to left securing the Bulldog win.

Singleton led the Bulldogs at the plate with a 3-for-3 performance and knocked in a RBI.

Bulldog starter Michael Spann went 4.2 innings, giving up three hits and one run that was earned. Antron McKay (1-1) came out of the bullpen and pitched 2.1 innings of one hit baseball in picking up the win.

Loyola’s lone RBI came off the bat of Taylor Domengeaux, who knocked in Tyler Duplantis in the second inning. George Smith (1-3) was tagged with the loss, going 6.0 innings and giving up two earned runs.

Loyola’s big bats came alive in the night cap as Brooks McMinn capped a four-run second inning with his first homer of the season, a two-run blast over the scoreboard in left field.

Loyola catcher Bradley Brunet opened the fourth with a triple that started a three run inning for the Wolfpack. Lucas Wendt, David McChesney and Ryan Scott all knocked in a run in the frame, making it 7-0 Wolfpack after four.

Tougaloo was able to whittle Loyola's lead down to 8-4 as the Wolfpack came to bat in the seventh inning, but Ryan Scott again gave Loyola some breathing room as he drove a bases loaded one out pitch off the wall in center that cleared the bags making it 11-4.

With two outs and the bases loaded in the eighth inning, Loyola second baseman Brooks McMinn ended the game with a double down the left field line, plating three and invoking the ten-run rule, 14-4.

Josh Sherman, Derrick Singleton and Deron Simpson all had two hits in the second game for Tougaloo (2-16, 1-11 GCAC). Sherman, Henry Green, Anthony Triplett and William Lowe each batted in a run.

Starter Michael Langston (0-2) went 3.2 innings and gave up seven runs on seven hits, four earned and struck out six and collected the loss. Derrick Singleton came off third base to pitch 3.2 innings, allowing eight hits and six runs, all of which were earned.

After a steller night at the plate, going 3-of-4 in the series opener, Wolfpack catcher Bradley Brunet went 4-of-5 hitting in the second game, with a RBI. Second baseman Brooks McMinn went 3-for-5 with five RBIs while left fielder Ryan Scott was 2-for-2 with four RBIs.

Starting pitcher Taylor Domengeaux (1-0) went 5.0 innings for the Wolfpack (5-10, 5-10 GCAC) and gave up three runs, all earned, on eight hits. Alex Wolf replaced him in the sixth inning and pitched 3.0 innings, allowing two hits and an earned run in getting his first save on the year.

Loyola returns to action Tuesday night, playing the first of a pair of games against the Blackburn College Beavers. First pitch is set for 6 P.M. at Segnette Field.

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