Privateers snap 10-game skid against Lamar with shutout win
NEW ORLEANS – The University of New Orleans baseball team began its three-game Southland Conference series against Lamar on Friday evening, besting the visitors 2-0 behind a strong outing from junior right handed pitcher Shawn Semple.
The Swedesboro, New Jersey native threw a season-best eight innings, holding Lamar (17-14, 5-8 Southland Conference) to just five hits with nine strikeouts while stranding 10 batters on base to give New Orleans (18-13, 7-6 Southland Conference play) their first victory over Lamar in league play and snapping a 10-game skid against the Cardinals.
“[Shawn] Semple played phenomenal!” head coach Blake Dean said. “He went out there and gave us everything he had. He kept finding ways to get guys out. The wind neutralized both our offenses, but when we needed a run we were able to execute and score.”
The deciding run came in the third inning, with a walk for junior left fielder Jay Robinson starting the frame for the Privateers, scoring the game-winning tally three batters later off a triple from senior second baseman Samuel Capielano. The Privateers added an insurance run in the eighth, with an error from Lamar on a sacrifice bunt attempt from junior catcher John Cable scoring senior first baseman Dakota Dean from second.
With a two-run lead in the ninth, freshman right handed pitcher Reeves Martin came in to relieve Semple, getting help from the defense to record three quick outs and end the contest.
In total, Lamar left multiple runners on base three times, with the last out in each situation coming via a strikeout. The Cardinals created an opportunity to take the early advantage in the first inning with bases loaded and one out, but back-to-back strikeouts from Semple left them stranded.
Capielano and junior right fielder Tristan Clarke each posted two hits, with Dean and junior third baseman Owen Magee logging one apiece.
For Lamar, Carson Lance got the start and held the Privateers to one run in seven innings of work with four walks and six strikeouts. The Cardinals ended the contest with five hits, getting one from five different batters.
The series continues on Saturday, April 8 with a 2 p.m. start time. 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.