Privateers drop midweek game to Golden Eagles
NEW ORLEANS – The University of New Orleans baseball team hosted the University of Southern Miss on Wednesday evening, losing to the visiting Golden Eagles 6-0.
In the loss, senior outfielder Hezekiah Randolph reached base on a walk, extending his season-opening on-base streak to 13 games. Including his four-game streak to end last season, the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, native now has a career-best 17-game streak. His previous record was set back in the 2014 season, when Randolph was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American.
“They are a very talented team,” head coach Blake Dean said. “They wanted this win more than us and outplayed us from the first pitch until the last pitch.”
Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth, New Orleans (9-4) got an opportunity to get on the scoreboard when a deep hit to left field from junior infielder Dakota Phillips moved junior infielder Owen Magee from first to third base. The Metairie, Louisiana product rounded third and went for home, but the relay man from Southern Miss (9-3) was able to get the ball to the catcher in time for the out at home.
UNO tried to string together a rally in the bottom of the eighth, getting a pair of runners on base via walks and advancing on a wild pitch, but the following two batters got out to end the stanza.
Freshman left handed pitcher Christopher DeMayo got the start for the Privateers, allowing two runs off six hits in 6.0 innings with four strikeouts. Junior left handed pitchers John Michael Stephens, William Griffin and Jarred Taylor all logged an inning on the mound for UNO.
“DeMayo is continuing to show improvements,” Dean said. “He only walked two and struck out four in six innings against this ball club. I thought he did a really good job bouncing back from last week. He reminds me of [Bryan] Warzek last season. We still need to fine tune him a little.”
On offense, junior outfielder Tristan Clarke led the Privateers with two hits.
For Southern Miss, Taylor Braley got the win after throwing 7.1 innings of scoreless baseball with 11 strikeouts while recording three hits and three RBI in the batter’s box.
UNO begins Southland Conference play on Friday, Mar. 10 when they host Southeastern Louisiana in a televised contest starting at 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.