AUSTIN, Texas – The University of New Orleans baseball team began its three-game non-conference series against the University of Texas on Friday evening, losing to the host Longhorns 7-1.
In the loss, senior shortstop Aaron Palmer led all hitters with four hits, matching his career high. The senior logged his final hit in the ninth inning, scoring junior catcher John Cable for New Orleans’ (19-19) lone run of the evening.
“We could not get anything going offensively,” head coach Blake Dean said. “We had opportunities early on, but we could not get the big hits when we needed them. We are not playing bad defense, our pitchers have been doing well, we just have to score more runs. You are not going to beat anyone when you only score one run. We have to find a way to manufacture some runs and have more consistent at bats.”
After being held scoreless for the first eight innings, the Privateers managed to get on the scoreboard in the final frame. Following a groundout for junior third baseman Owen Magee, Cable belted a double into left field, with junior right fielder Tristan Clarke reaching base with his second walk of the game. Junior right fielder Jay Robinson flied out to right field before sophomore center fielder loaded up the bases for Palmer with a walk.
Texas (26-15) began their scoring in the third inning with a home run, adding runs in the fourth and fifth and three in the seventh.
For UNO, senior second baseman Samuel Capielano, Cable and Robinson all contributed one hit, with Palmer adding four. Junior right-handed pitcher Shawn Semple got the start for the Privateers, allowing four runs off seven hits in 6.0 innings with four strikeouts and three walks. Freshman right-handed pitcher Reeves Martin and junior southpaw Matthew Gillis each logged one inning of work.
For Texas, Patrick Mathis, Travis Jones and Kacy Clemens all had two hits, with Jones and Clemens having home runs. Nick Kennedy got the win on the mound, logging six-scoreless innings with three strikeouts and two walks.
Game two of the weekend series is set for Saturday, April 22, at 4 p.m. 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.