Late-game heroics lifts Troy past New Orleans Baseball 4-3

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Troy at UNO


Three hits in the 10th inning allows game-winning run to score for Trojans

NEW ORLEANS – Playing in their second extra-inning game in as many days, the University of New Orleans baseball team could not replicate the same results from the day before, as Troy scored a run in the 10th and held UNO scoreless in the bottom half to take the rubber game 4-3 on Sunday afternoon at Maestri Field at First NBC Ballpark.

After surrendering the go-ahead run in the top of the frame, New Orleans (6-2) created an opportunity to take their first weekend series against Troy (4-3) since the 2008 campaign with back-to-back walks, sending senior infielder Aaron Palmer to second and senior outfielder Dakota Dean to first. A third walk of the inning loaded the bases with two outs and junior catcher John Cable on first, but Troy’s Cory Gill recorded a strikeout to end the stanza without a Privateers’ run.

“We didn’t get a big hit when we needed one today,” head coach Blake Dean said. “Troy played like they wanted the win more than us and it showed with how they played.”

On the mound for the Privateers, junior right handed pitcher Shawn Semple got the start, throwing a season-long seven innings while allowing three runs off nine hits with three strikeouts. Freshman right handed pitcher Reeves Martin threw the final two innings of regulation, holding Troy without a hit before allowing two in the top of the 10th to get the loss. Junior right handed pitcher Jarred Taylor came in for Reeves in the 10th with runners on second and third and no outs, allowing just one hit in his 1.0 inning of work.

For the third time this season, and second time this weekend, the Privateers gave up two runs in their opponents first at bat and responded with at least two in the bottom half of the inning. Palmer started things off for UNO by reaching base on a fielding error by the left fielder, advancing to third base before scoring off a sacrifice fly from junior outfielder Tristan Clarke. The Privateers knotted up the score using back-to-back hits down the left field line to score senior outfielder Hezekiah Randolph.

New Orleans took its short-lived lead in the fourth inning, as sophomore outfielder Orynn Veillon smacked a single up the middle to score Cable, who blasted a triple to start the frame. Troy countered with a run in the fifth to tie it back up at 3-3.

Cable paced the UNO offense with three hits and a RBI, while Dean got on base twice via walks. Veillon logged the other RBI for the home side while junior infielder Dakota Phillips, senior infielder Samuel Capielano, Randolph and Palmer all recorded hits.

For Troy, Lance Johnson got the victory after logging 2.2 innings without allowing a UNO run or hit, with Gill getting the save. Houston Mabray got the start for the visitors and allowed three runs off eight hits in 6.1 innings with a pair of strikeouts. The Trojans offense was paced by their one two and three batters in their lineup, each recording two hits while Matt Sanders had a game-high four RBI.

“Moving forward, we have to work on the little things,” Dean added. “I don’t bunt often, but when we do I expect them to do it right.”

The Privateers hit the first time this season on Tuesday, Feb. 28 when they travel to take on South Alabama at 6:30 pm. UNO returns to Maestri Field at First NBC Ballpark on Friday, Mar. 3 when they begin a three-game series against Alcorn State with first pitch scheduled 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.

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