(Pulaski, Tenn.) Coming off a 13-6 loss versus NCAA Division I Southern University on Wednesday, the Loyola University New Orleans baseball team jumped back into conference play on Friday afternoon as the squad traveled to Pulaski, Tennessee to start a crucial three-game series against Martin Methodist University.
With both teams vying to earn the final spot in the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) Championship, this weekend’s series was selected as the SSAC Network Games of the Week.
Despite taking the 1-0 lead after the first inning, the Wolf Pack was unable to combat a huge eight-run fourth inning by the Redhawks and fell 13-3 on Friday afternoon.
Entering tomorrow’s doubleheader, Loyola (17-24, 3-11 SSAC) now sits one game behind Martin Methodist (11-21-1, 4-10 SSAC) in the conference standings. Currently ninth, the Wolf Pack needs to jump up to at least eighth place by the end of the season in order to make the cut off for the conference tournament.
These two teams will return to Martin Methodist’s East Campus tomorrow to cap off the three-games series with a doubleheader scheduled to start at noon.
Martin Methodist 13 – Loyola 3
Rawlings Elam (JR/Houston, Tx.) led off the game with a single before being brought home by a groundout by Alexander Lorenzo (SR/Miami, Fla.) to put the visitors up 1-0.
The Redhawks grabbed the lead in the second inning thanks to a RBI single from Jackson Pruitt and a sacrifice fly by Kevin Grove.
Following a scoreless third, Martin Methodist exploded for eight runs in the fourth to race out to the 10-1 advantage heading into the fifth inning.
The home team was able to manufacture three more runs in the bottom of the sixth to build the lead to 13-1.
In the seventh, Blake Toscano (SR/Metairie, La.) reached on a wild throw before Elam connected on a double to give the Wolf Pack two men on with nobody out. Jesse Jordan (SO/New Iberia, La.) followed with a RBI single to score Toscano and Elam would score on the play thanks to a wild throw. Loyola managed to land two more base runners before a flyout with two outs ended the game to give the Redhawks the 13-3 victory.
Jordan went 3-for-4 with one RBI in the game while Elam added two hits and two runs. Alexander Lorenzo finished the day 1-for-4 with a RBI and Toscano added a hit in his first game back since suffering an injury earlier in the year.
On the mound, Jason Roussel (JR/Baton Rouge, La.) (0-5) got the loss after giving up four runs (three earned) on eight hits with two walks in 3.1 innings pitched.