Privateers fall to nationally-ranked Arkansas
FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas – The University of New Orleans baseball team played its third game against its second opponent from the Southeastern Conference on Wednesday afternoon in a road contest against nationally-ranked Arkansas, falling short of going 3-0 against the SEC with a 5-2 loss.
Arkansas (18-4) used a pair of home runs to score three runs, proving to be the difference in the game. Freshman southpaw Christopher DeMayo got the start for New Orleans (13-9), throwing three innings with one run allowed off three hits. Junior right handed pitcher went two innings while junior left handed pitcher Connor Kaucic, senior right handed pitcher Riley Hodge and junior right handed pitcher Jarred Taylor all logging one inning.
“Yet again, we came out looking flat today,” head coach Blake Dean said. “Arkansas has one of the best stadiums in the country, how we can go out and play on that field against a great team like Arkansas and not get energized baffles me. We did a good job on the mound against a good offense team, but we couldn’t get a big hit on the other side when we needed one.”
New Orleans created an opportunity to take an early lead in the third inning, as senior infielder Aaron Palmer hit a ball into right field for a one-out double, but got caught trying to steal third base during the ensuing at bat. The Privateers managed to get another runner on second with a walk and single in back-to-back at bats from senior infielders Samuel Capielano and Dakota Dean, but a strikeout ended the frame. Arkansas got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the frame, adding two runs to the lead in the fifth with a two-run home run from Grant Koch.
Following a fourth unanswered run from the Razorbacks in the bottom of the sixth, UNO got both of its runs in the seventh inning to cut the deficit in half. Junior catcher Cable led off the seventh frame with a walk, advancing to second off a single from junior infielder Jay Robinson. Sophomore outfielder Orynn Veillon loaded the bases with a walk, followed by a single from Palmer to score Cable. Robinson ended the Privateers’ scoring on a wild pitch that struck out Capielano, with a groundout ended the stanza. Arkansas recreated their three-run lead in the eighth inning with a solo home run from Jax Biggers.
Palmer paced the offense with two hits and one RBI, while Robinson and Cable scored the Privateers two runs. Junior infielder Owen Magee, Dean and Robinson all chipped in one hit.
For Arkansas, Luke Bonfield, Koch and Biggers all had two hits with Koch and Biggers have the Razorbacks’ two home runs. Barrett Loseke logged a game-high 3.1 innings on the mound, striking out four Privateers.
The road swing continues on Friday, Mar. 24, when the Privateers begins a Southland Conference series at Central Arkansas with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m. New Orleans is back at Maestri Field on Friday, Mar. 31 when UNO hosts Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 6:30 to start a Southland Conference series. For tickets to future Privateers athletic events, contact the UNO Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 280-GAME (4263) and season tickets can be purchased over the Internet by clicking HERE.