WESTWEGO, La. – The Loyola University New Orleans baseball team went ahead early 4-0 and had 21 batters reach base, as it completed the sweep over Blackburn College on Wednesday night, 8-6.
Ryan Scott reached base on all of his five plate appearances, finished a home run short of the cycle, and drove in two runs for the Wolfpack (9-15). Brandon Snow went 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Philip Cazayoux, Evan Turkish and Taylor Domengeaux each had two hits for the ’Pack. Franklin Bush, Jacob Jurczak and Adam Bradley each had three hits for the Beavers (0-5).
LU went ahead early, plating three runs in the second inning. Turkish led off with a double and was driven in by a Domengeaux single. Cazayoux singled up the middle, and Snow capped off the scoring with a double to deep right-center, scoring Domengeaux and Cazayoux.
The ’Pack added another run in the third when Scott’s leadoff triple set the table for a Karson Cullins sacrifice fly.
BC narrowed the game to one in the fourth, thanks in part to four Beaver hits in the inning. Blackburn tied the game in the sixth, as a two-out single by Ryan Smith scored a runner from second.
Loyola recaptured the lead in the bottom of the sixth, which it held onto for the rest of the game. Domengeaux led off with a double and scored off of a Cazayoux go-ahead single. Cazayoux crossed the plate off of an errant pickoff attempt by pitcher Tim Rhodes.
LU added on a pair of insurance runs in the eighth. Snow and Duplantis led off the inning with singles. Ryan Scott drove both in with a double to right-center field.
For the second game in a row, Blackburn mounted a comeback attempt in the ninth inning, but could only narrow the deficit to two runs. The Beavers singled twice to start the inning. A groundout and a single scored the runners, but a Beaver baserunning miscue resulted in the game ending on the basepaths.
Trey Campeaux (2-2) pitched six innings to earn the win for LU, giving up four earned runs. Rhodes (0-2) took the loss for BC, giving up six earned runs over six innings. Jeffery Castille earned his second consecutive save for the Wolfpack, as he pitched three innings and allowed two earned runs.
The ’Pack will take to the road on Friday as they start a seven-game road swing. The team will play a game at Shorter on Friday night before taking on the Hawks in a double-header on Saturday afternoon.
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