Privateers outhit Longhorns in loss
AUSTIN, Texas – The University of New Orleans baseball team concluded its three-game series against the University of Texas on Sunday afternoon, rallying back from a 3-0 deficit to tie up the score at 3-all before a run from the hosts in the seventh inning gave them the lead in a 4-3 loss for the Privateers.
New Orleans (19-21) scored all three of its runs in the sixth and seventh innings, using back-to-back hits from junior third baseman Owen Magee and junior designated hitter Chase Crump to score junior catcher John Cable and Magee for a pair of runs with two outs in the sixth inning. UNO’s final run came in the seventh frame, as a deep double to right field from sophomore center fielder Owen Veillon sent junior left fielder Jared McKay home.
“I thought we battled well today, we just came up one big hit shy of a different result,” head coach Blake Dean said. “We were finally able to get some big hits in the sixth inning with two outs to score some runs, but we were still one hit short. I thought [Riley] Hodge threw really well, he just couldn’t make a few pitches towards the end but overall he had a strong outing.”
Overall, the Privateers outhit Texas (28-15) 6-3, with half of the Longhorns runs coming in innings where they were held without a hit. UT’s first run came in the third inning, when a hit by pitch put Zane Gurwitz on base and advanced to second via a stolen base. A sacrifice bunt and a groundout allowed him to score the opening run.
In similar fashion, UNO opened up the bottom of the seventh with back-to-back hit by pitches to put Longhorns on first and second with no outs. A sacrifice bunt followed by a sacrifice fly sent Tyler Rand home for the game-winning run.
On the mound, senior right-handed pitcher Riley Hodge had his best outing of the season, posting season-high in innings pitched and strikeouts with 6.0 five, but allowed four runs to score with four walks and three hit batters. Freshman righty Reeves Martin logged 1.1 innings of relief for the Privateers, with senior southpaw Hunter Medine logging 0.2.
Offensively for the Privateers, Magee paced the team with three hits, with Crump chipping in two. For the second-consecutive outing, McKay drew two walks.
For Texas, Gurwitz posted one hit and two runs scored. Kyle Johnston for the start for UT, throwing 5.2 innings with two runs off four hits while striking out three batters and walking two. Nolan Kingham got the win for the Longhorns after logging 2.2 scoreless innings with three strikeouts.
The Privateers continue the season-long 11 game road swing on Wednesday, April 26, when they take on Jackson State at 6 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.