Privateers lose to Bears in first-ever meeting
NEW ORLEANS – The University of New Orleans baseball began its six-game road swing on Tuesday afternoon against Missouri State at Hammons Field, finding themselves down 7-0 for the second-consecutive game but unable to overcome the deficit this time in a 7-2 loss.
Junior outfielder Jay Robinson led the team with two hits and a walk, while senior outfielder Hezekiah Randolph snapped New Orleans’ (13-8) drought of eight games without a home run with a solo bomb in the seventh inning.
“We didn’t come out with any energy today,” head coach Blake Dean said. “We looked flat and couldn’t get a big hit when we had runners in scoring position. We need to work on our consistency, do the right things, and start getting better results on the road.”
Missouri State (14-6) scored in the opening inning off a sacrifice fly and never trailed in the game. The Bears added a pair of runs to their lead in the second frame, one in the fourth and three final scores in the seventh inning.
Both of UNO’s runs came in the eighth inning, with Randolph leading off with a home run and senior infielder Samuel Capielano scoring Robinson with a single to right field.
The Privateers opened up five innings with a runner on first base, with four coming off leadoff hits, and followed it up with a walk to put runners on first and second with no outs twice, but the third batter in both frames hit into a double play with the ensuing batter flying out to end the stanza without a run scored.
Freshman right handed pitcher Reeves Martin got the start for UNO on the mound, allowing four runs off eight hits in 4.0 innings with three walks and two strikeouts. Junior left handed pitcher John Michael Stephens pitched two innings of relief with a pair of strikeouts and no runs allowed while Senior right handed pitcher Ryan Leone and senior left handed pitcher Hunter Medine threw the final two frames.
For Missouri State, Justin Paulsen paced the offense with three hits and one RBI, while Jake Burger placed a pair of hits and two RBI. Austin Knight got the win for the Bears after throwing seven innings of scoreless baseball with five hits allowed, two walks and one strikeout.
The road swing continues tomorrow at Arkansas with a 6 p.m. start time. New Orleans is back at Maestri Field on Friday, Mar. 31 when UNO hosts Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 6:30 to start a Southland Conference series. 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.