Late-inning dramatics send HBU past UNO, 4-1

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Huskies score three runs in ninth inning

NEW ORLEANS – Heading into the ninth inning tied 1-1 on Sunday afternoon, the University of New Orleans baseball team had a costly error in the final frame, which Houston Baptist capitalized on in a 4-1 loss for UNO.

HBU (23-20, 15-9 Southland Conference) opened up the ninth inning with a walk, and tried to move the baserunner with a sacrifice bunt. The ball was fielded by New Orleans’s (24-23-1, 12-12 Southland Conference) pitcher, but a bad throw to second base allowed the runner to reach safely and put two runners on with no outs. Both runners advanced a base on a sacrifice bunt by the ensuing Huskie with a single two batters later put the visitors up 3-1.

“I thought we played a good game,” head coach Blake Dean said. “[Riley] Hodge pitched well, giving us three unbelievable starts from our pitchers this weekend. We were hitting the ball hard, we just couldn’t get anything to drop. [HBU] made big play after big play and kept us from getting anything going. Overall we did a good job, we just got beat.”

The Privateers lone run of the contest came in the seventh frame, as a single from junior right fielder Tristan Clarke scored senior first baseman Dakota Dean and knotted up the score 1-1.

Senior right-handed pitcher Riley Hodge got the start for UNO on the mound, logging a season-high 6.2 innings of work while allowing one run off three hits with two walks and five strikeouts. Freshman righty Reeves Martin came in and threw 1.2 innings of relief, with junior right-handed pitcher Rafael Martinez tossing the final 0.2 innings.

At the plate, Clarke and senior second baseman Samuel Capielano both posted two hits, with senior designated hitter Hezekiah Randolph getting on base twice with walks.

For HBU, Zane Otten was responsible for half the Huskies offense, ending the game with three hits and two RBI. Daniel Endsley got the start for Houston Baptist and lasted 6.1 innings with one run allowed off two hits before JT Newton came in and ended the game.

UNO is back in action on Friday, May 12, when they begin a three-game series with Nicholls. The Privateers are in Thibodaux, La. on Friday and Sunday, with the final home game of the season slated for Saturday, May 13 at 6 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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