(Westwego, La.) Coming off a split on Friday evening, the Loyola University New Orleans baseball team returned to Segnette Field on Saturday afternoon to end its three-game series with Blue Mountain College in Westwego.
With severe weather being forecasted throughout the state, Saturday’s start time was bumped up 30 minutes in an attempt to beat the storms that were predicted to touch down later in the afternoon. Despite the schedule change, rain would force a rain delay at Segnette Field and would eventually push the conference game to end earlier on Saturday evening.
Under a consistent rain and high winds, the Wolf Pack dropped the final game of the series 4-2 to the Toppers to move Loyola to 16-20 overall and 2-7 in league play.
The Wolf Pack has a tall task ahead of them next weekend, as the squad will welcome No. 1 Faulkner University to Westwego for a three-game series starting Friday at 5:00 p.m.
BMC 4 – Loyola 2 (Six Innings)
Blue Mountain managed to land two runners on base to start the game but starter Joseph Kuchler (JR/Metairie, La.) was able to keep the Toppers off the board and the score remained scoreless.
With one out, Jesse Jordan (SO/New Iberia, La.) reached on a walk before Alexander Lorenzo (SR/Miami, Fla.) brought in Jordan with a RBI double to put Loyola up 1-0.
The visitors would add one run over each of the next three innings to jump out to the 3-1 advantage entering the bottom of the fourth.
Lorenzo led off the bottom of the fourth by collecting his second double of the afternoon and would use his speed to come all the way around to score following a throwing error by BMC’s Peyton Callahan.
The Toppers converted three hits into one run in the top of the sixth to push the visiting squad’s cushion to 4-2.
Jesse Jordan reached on a walk in the top of the sixth but a double play followed by a groundout would end Loyola’s chances in the inning.
With the rain steadily increasing in severity, it was decided by both coaches to call the game an inning early.
Lorenzo went 2-for-3 with one RBI and two doubles the pace the Wolf Pack on Saturday. On the mound, Kuchler got saddled with the loss after allowing three runs (three earned) on eight hits with two walks in 4.0 innings pitched.