(New Orleans, La.) – The Loyola University men’s baseball team looked to build off of a strong performance in game one against Tougaloo College in Friday’s matchup.
The Bulldogs responded with a 6-5 victory over the Wolf Pack in game one, forcing the road team to counter with a 10-0 victory over the home team.
After the 1-1 split on Saturday, Loyola improves to 15-16 overall and 5-13 on the road.
Game One: Loyola 5 Tougaloo 6
Neither team recorded a run through the first two innings of baseball. It wasn’t until the top of the third inning that the Wolf Pack scored its first run off of a single by Spencer Rosenbohm, leading to the score by Jesse Jordan to bring the score to 1-0.
Loyola tacked on three more runs in the inning, capped off by Rosenbohm sliding home to put his team on top 4-0 in the early going.
The road team continued the onslaught at the top of the fourth inning, when a sacrifice fly by Jordan saw pitch runner Aaron Inman make his way to home plate (5-0).
Tougaloo responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the fourth to bring the score to 5-1 entering the top of the fifth inning.
The home team gained momentum at the bottom of the sixth. The Bulldogs tallied four runs, to knot the game at 5-5 heading into the seventh inning.
The team was finally able to take the lead in the bottom of the seventh after Tougaloo’s Deshawn Pittman singled out to the right, giving Javier Henriquez the opportunity to score the run to complete the come-from-behind win over the Wolf Pack at 6-5 in game one.
Game Two: Loyola 10 Tougaloo 0
After dropping game one in heart-breaking fashion, Loyola came out of the gates quickly, recording the first run of the game off of a passed ball by the Bulldogs, giving Jordan the opportunity to slide home and take the 1-0 lead.
At the top of the second inning, a dropped fly advanced Jordan to first base, which set the table for Ben Condara to double to the left and send Jordan to home plate (2-0).
Over the next five innings of baseball, great pitching by Gary Cavalo Jr. and Shawn Prats, Tougaloo was held scoreless leading to the Wolf Pack’s 10-0 win in game three.
Cavalo Jr. earned the win for the team, allowing only three hits and no runs in six innings pitched on Saturday.
Loyola will return to Segnette Field for a matchup against Louisiana State Alexandria on March 21. First pitch for Tuesday’s game is set for 3 p.m.