Privateers snap winless streak
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Heading into the fifth inning tied 3-all, the University of New Orleans baseball team erupted for seven runs in the frame en route to a commanding 15-7 victory over UIW on Friday evening.
New Orleans (20-21-1, 9-10 Southland Conference) had one of its best offensive outings of the season, matching team-highs in doubles with five and extra-base hits with eight. The Privateers 15 runs scored is the second-highest this season, while the 15 hits are tied for fifth. The win snaps UNO’s nine-game winless streak.
“We were being aggressive today,” head coach Blake Dean said. “We were able to get big hits and scored some runs like we did earlier this year. Lamar was giving us free passes with walks. Typically those get a team going it puts more pressure on them and we capitalized on it.”
Senior shortstop Aaron Palmer opened up the seven-run stanza with a single up the middle, putting New Orleans up 4-3 off a double from junior Owen Magee. Junior catcher John Cable followed up with a base via a hit by pitch, with senior designated hitter Hezekiah Randolph loading up the bases with a walk before a walk for senior second baseman Samuel Capielano sent Magee home. Junior right fielder Tristan Clarke scored Cable with a single and junior left fielder Jared McKay added to the lead on a fielder’s choice to put runners on the corners for sophomore center fielder Orynn Veillon, who blasted a shot over the left field wall for a three-run home run.
UNO trailed early after three runs from UIW (17-26, 5-14 Southland Conference) in the first two innings gave the hosts a 3-1 lead. The Privateers knotted up the score off a double from Cable, scoring Palmer and Magee.
Veillon hit his second home run of the evening in the seventh inning, with Clarke recording a home run to kick off the eighth. UNO added three runs in the frame after Clarke’s homer, with junior first baseman Dakota Phillips scoring Palmer off a double before a double from Cable scored Phillips and Magee.
Overall, Palmer, Cable and Veillon all logged three hits, with Veillon having two home runs and four RBI. Magee and Clarke both chipped in two hits.
On the mound, junior right-handed pitcher Shawn Semple got the start and allowed three runs off eight hits in 6.0 innings with eight strikeouts and one walk. Junior righty Rafael Martinez came in and threw two-scoreless frames with one strikeout.
For UIW, Kyle Bergeron posted a game-high four hits, with Lee Thomas contributing three RBI. John Shull got the loss on the mound for the Cardinals, allowing 10 runs off 10 hits with two strikeouts and two walks in 5.0 innings.
Game two of the weekend series is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 29. UNO returns to First NBC Ballpark on Friday, May 5, when they begin a SLC series against 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.