Cardinals score three runs in final two innings to defeat Privateers
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The University of New Orleans baseball team wrapped up its weekend series against UIW on Sunday afternoon, falling one-run short of its first road weekend sweep of the season in a 10-9 loss.
New Orleans (21-22-1, 10-11 Southland Conference) scored one run in the eighth to extend its lead to two at 9-7 before UIW (18-27, 6-15 Southland Conference) responded with two in the bottom of the frame to tie up the score 9-9 heading into the final inning. In the ninth, the Cardinals opened up the bottom of the stanza with a hit by pitch, advancing the runner with a sacrifice bunt and a UNO wild pitch before the walk-off single by Bryce Shepherd ended the contest.
“Offensively I thought we did an ok job today,” head coach Blake Dean said. “We had one big inning where we scored most of our runs, but it was not good enough. We pitched ok overall but we couldn’t make big pitches when we needed too and we definitely did not play the defenses we needed today.”
The Privateers scored the bulk of its runs in the fourth inning, using six hits to score eight runs. Senior second baseman Samuel Capielano posted two hits in the stanza, while sophomore center fielder Orynn Veillon sent two teammates home on one hit and junior third baseman Owen Magee chipped in two RBI.
“We were taking good swings and putting pressure on them,” Dean said of the eight-run stanza. “Unfortunately after the inning we got content instead of trying to put them away which came back to bite us.”
Overall, UNO finished the contest with 14 hits, led by Capielano who posted four with two RBI. Veillon ended the afternoon with three hits and two RBI, while Magee, senior first baseman Dakota Dean and senior shortstop Aaron Palmer all contributed two hits with Magee adding a pair of RBI.
On the mound, senior right-handed pitcher Riley Hodge got the start and allowed five runs off seven hits in 4.0 innings with two walks and two strikeouts. Senior southpaw Hunter Medine logged 2.2 innings on the mound, allowing two unearned runs with two strikeouts and a walk.
For UIW, Eddy Gonzalez ended the contest with five hits and four runs scored to lead the offense, with Thomas Lee boasting five RBI and three hits. Lance Moszkowicz got the win for the Cardinals, holding the Privateers scoreless for 1.2 innings with two strikeouts.
The Privateers conclude the season-long 11-game road swing on Tuesday, May 2 against Grambling State in Biloxi, Miss. At 7:05 p.m. UNO returns to First NBC Ballpark on Friday, May 5, when they begin a SLC series against Houston Baptist with first pitch slated for 6:30 p.m. 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.