Senior Hezekiah Randolph hits home run in loss
NEW ORLEANS – The University of New Orleans baseball team concluded its six-game road swing on Wednesday evening against No. 23 Southern Miss, losing 8-4 at Pete Taylor Park.
In the third inning of the contest, senior infielder Dakota Dean recorded a double to left center, extending his hitting streak to 10 games and becoming the first Privateer this season to record a double-digit hitting streak. During his current streak, the senior is hitting .436 with a .641 slugging percentage and a .532 on base percentage.
“We did not do enough early on,” assistant coach Brett Stewart said. “We only scored one run in the first five innings. We created opportunities throughout the game but every time we needed a big hit we came up short. We have to get better at the fundamentals and work on our execution moving forward.”
After surrendering a three-run home run in the second inning, New Orleans (14-12) chipped into the deficit with runs in innings three, six and seven to tie up the score at 3-all while holding Southern Miss (21-5) to just one hit during the five-inning span. Junior outfielder Tristan Clarke got two of the RBI, using a sacrifice fly to score senior infielder Samuel Capielano in the third inning and a single to right field in the seventh to score senior infielder Aaron Palmer. Senior outfielder Hezekiah Randolph scored the middle run, hitting a solo home run to open the sixth inning.
Southern Miss retook the lead in the bottom of the seventh inning with a two-out solo home run, sparking a streak of three-straight hits to add two runs and recreate their three-run lead. The Privateers tried to start another rally in the eighth with a RBI single from sophomore outfielder Orynn Veillon to score junior catcher Spencer Miller, but two more runs from the Golden Eagles in the bottom of the frame extended their lead to four.
Freshman left handed pitcher Christopher DeMayo got the start for the Privateers on the mound and matched his career-high with six innings pitched, which he set in the home leg against USM, allowing three runs off three hits with a personal-best seven strikeouts. Freshman right handed pitcher Grant Baker, junior left handed pitcher Connor Kaucic, freshman right handed pitcher Reeves Martin, junior right handed pitcher Jarred Taylor and junior left handed pitcher John Michael Stephens all made mound appearances.
On offense, Clarke paced the Privateers with two RBI while Capielano, Randolph, Palmer and Miller all scored one run apiece.
For Southern Miss, LeeMarcus Boyd and Dylan Burdeaux both posted two hits, with Storme Cooper recorded three RBI off his home run. Trent Diver got the win for USM, throwing two innings with two runs allowed off four hits with a pair of strikeouts.
The Privateers are 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 with Saturday and Sunday’s games slated for 2 p.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Apr. 1 will be UNO’s first Roll-Over Game of the month, where fans can bring any unused (unscanned and unstubbed) to the UNO Box Office for a free ticket in the same seating area. 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.