Late UNO rally falls short at McNeese, 5-3

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Privateers outhit Cowboys in loss

LAKE CHARLES, Louisiana – Trailing 5-3 in the ninth inning on Friday evening, the University of New Orleans baseball team created an opportunity to tie up the score against McNeese after a single from senior second baseman Samuel Capielano and junior first baseman Dakota Phillips getting hit by a pitch put runners on first and second with one out, but back-to-back strikeouts prevented any runs from scoring and ended the game.

Overall, New Orleans (19-17, 8-9 Southland Conference) outhit McNeese (25-9, 15-2 Southland Conference) 9-8, but stranded eight runners on bases against just two for the Cowboys. On two separate occasions the Privateers managed to load the bases with one out or fewer, with both situations ending with only one run scored.

“We just can’t get over the hump,” head coach Blake Dean said. “We are not scoring enough runs, whenever we got an opportunity to score we couldn’t get the big hit needed. They are not blowing us out of the water, they are just doing enough to beat us.”

Following a home run by McNeese in the bottom of the third, senior left fielder Dakota Dean led off the fourth with a homer of his own to tie up the score 1-1. Senior designated hitter Hezekiah Randolph followed up Dean with a walk, while a single from junior third baseman Owen Magee and a walk for junior right fielder Tristan Clarke loaded the bases. Capielano scored Randolph on a sacrifice fly to give the Privateers a short-lived lead, as a two-run blast for McNeese in the bottom of the stanza put them back on top 3-2. The Cowboys added a pair of insurance runs in the fifth frame, ending their scoring for the evening.

New Orleans developed another bases loaded situation in the seventh inning, using a leadoff hit from Magee, a walk for Clarke and a single from Capielano back-to-back-to-back with no outs. Junior first baseman Dakota Phillips scored Magee off a sacrifice fly before back-to-back outs ended the frame with only one run scored.

Magee and Capielano both posted three hits in the loss, while Dean logged two with a home run and Randolph chipped in one hit. Sophomore southpaw Bryan Warzek got the start for UNO, allowing five runs off eight hits in 7.0 innings of work with six strikeouts and one walk. Junior right-handed pitcher Jarred Taylor threw one inning of relief, holding the Cowboys scoreless while posting a strikeout and a walk.

For McNeese, Matt Gallier paced the Cowboys’ offense with two this and a home run, with Mitchell Rogers also hitting a home run. Rhett Deaton logged six innings on the mound, allowing three runs off six hits with strikeouts and two walks, to get the win.

The series wraps up on Saturday, April 14, at 3:00 p.m. UNO returns to First NBC Ballpark on Friday, May 5, when they begin a SLC series with 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.

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