New Orleans Baseball can’t overcome early deficit in 4-2 loss to Lions

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Senior Hezekiah Randolph posts game-high three hits in loss

NEW ORLEANS – The University of New Orleans baseball team concluded its Southland Conference series against Southeastern Louisiana on Sunday afternoon, playing from behind the entire game in a 4-2 loss.

New Orleans (9-7, 0-3 Southland Conference) outhit Southeastern Louisiana (11-4, 3-0 Southland Conference) 8-6, marking the third time this season the Privateers have outhit their opponents in a loss. Senior outfielder Hezekiah Randolph led all hitters with three hits, while senior infielder Samuel Capielano and junior catcher John Cable both chipped in two.

“I thought we played better today, we just couldn’t get a big hit,” head coach Blake Dean said. “Southeastern gave us some opportunities but we kept hitting into double plays when we needed a hit. Our pitchers did a good job on the mound, we just couldn’t capitalize and score some runs to support them.”

Southeastern got on the scoreboard with a pair of runs in the opening inning, adding a run to their lead in the third to make it 3-0. UNO cut into the lead in the bottom of the fourth, when a single from Cable brought Capielano home. Randolph continued the rally with a hit in the ensuing at bat to move Cable to second before a groundout by junior infielder Dakota Phillips ended the rally.

The Privateers cut the deficit to one run in the fifth inning, as sophomore Orynn Veillon got on base with a double, stole third and advanced home on a throwing error from SLU’s catcher. UNO created an opportunity to take the lead in the sixth inning after back-to-back hits from Cable and Randolph put runners on the corners with two outs, but a fly out left the two baserunners stranded. Southeastern recreated the two-run lead in the top of the seventh, getting their last hit of the contest in the frame.

On the mound for UNO, senior right handed pitcher Riley Hodge got the start, throwing four innings while allowing three runs off four hits with three strikeouts and a walk. Junior right handed pitcher Rafael Martinez finished the game for the Privateers, allowing one run off two hits with a pair of strikeouts in five innings.

For Southeastern, Jacob Seward and Carson Crites both logged two hits, while Derrick Mount recorded three RBI. Kade Granier got the start for the Lions on the mound, allowing two unearned runs off seven hits with two strikeouts in 5.2 innings.

The Privateers are back in action on Wednesday, Mar. 15, when they take on LSU in the road leg of their home-and-home series at 6:30 p.m. UNO returns to Maestri Field on Friday, Mar. 17 when New Orleans begins a Southland Conference series against Abilene Christian 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.

Southeastern 4, New Orleans 2 (Mar 12, 2017 at New Orleans, La.)
Southeastern…….. 201 000 100 – 4 6 3 (11-4, 3-0)
New Orleans…….. 000 110 000 – 2 8 0 (9-7, 0-3)
Pitchers: Southeastern – Granier, Kade; Robinson, Payton (6); Tassin, Bryce (8) and Wasinger, Daniel. New Orleans – Hodge, Riley; Martinez, Rafael (5) and Cable, John.

Win-Granier, Kade (1-2) Save-Tassin, Bryce (1) Loss-Hodge, Riley (0-1) T-2:26 hr A-249
Weather: Cloudy 58, NE 17 mph

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