(Dallas, Texas) While most of the residents of the Crescent City were enjoying Lundi Gras festivities on Monday, the Loyola University New Orleans baseball team was in Dallas, Texas for game one of a three-game series with the Crusaders from Dallas Christian College.
The story of the Wolf Pack’s dominating 13-2 victory on Monday was the stellar play at the plate from senior right fielder Alexander Lorenzo (SR/Miami, Fla.). The Miami native was absolutely dominating for Loyola in the box, going 3-for-3 with six RBI, three runs and a grand slam on Monday.
With the victory, Loyola moves to 10-8 on the year entering tomorrow’s doubleheader against the Crusaders at noon.
With the score knotted at 0-0 after one, Lorenzo led off the second inning with a double. Following two strikeouts, Lorenzo would score following a walk by Spencer Rosenbohm (JR/Daphne, Ala.) to put Loyola up 1-0 after two.
With Joseph Kuchler (JR/Metairie, La.) on the hill, the Wolf Pack kept Dallas Christian off the board in the second to take the 1-0 advantage into the third inning.
Lorenzo once again delivered in the top of the third with a two-RBI single to score both Rawlings Elam (JR/Houston, Tx.) and Jase Griffin (FR/Metairie, La.) to stretch the visitors lead to 3-0.
In the fifth, Lorenzo reached on a walk before being brought home off a double to center by Jimmy Richardson (FR/Pensacola, Fl.). Richardson then scored off an error by the Crusaders shortstop to push the Wolf Pack advantage to 6-0.
Dallas Christian manufactured a run in the bottom of the fifth and the scoreboard read 6-1 heading into the sixth.
Griffin led off the sixth inning with a single and then Elam walked before Nathan Law (FR/Arab, Ala.) was hit by a pitch to load the bases. As he had the entire game, Lorenzo came to the plate and delivered – this time with a grand slam to clear the bases and put the visiting team up 10-1. Not to be outdone, Mick Dubic (JR/Aurora, Colo.) sent a rocket of his own over the fence just three batters later to push the Loyola advantage to 13-1.
The home team managed to put up a run in the bottom of the seventh, but it would not be enough as the Wolf Pack left DCC Field with the convincing 13-1 victory.
Dubic went 2-for-3 with three RBI in the win while Richardson ended the game at 1-for-3 with a RBI and a run scored.
On the mound, Kuchler improved to 3-0 on the year after allowing only one run (one earned) on eight hits with two strikeouts and no walks in 6.0 innings pitched.