Privateers record tie for second time in program history
JACKSON, Mississippi – With two outs in the bottom of the 10th of a 5-all ballgame, the University of New Orleans baseball team’s contest against Jackson State was called off due to the weather, ending the game in a draw.
It is just the second time in program history that New Orleans (19-21-1) ended a contest in a tie, with the first one being a 7-7 decision against McNeese on Mar. 1, 1976.
“It’s the same story we have been dealing with lately,” head coach Blake Dean said. “We go out there and take the lead, only to give it up the following frame. We had some good at bats, we took some good swings but we struck out too many times. Our hits are so sporadic that we are unable to string anything together.”
Jackson State (31-12-1) got on the scoreboard first with a tally in the second frame before runs from the Privateers in innings 3-5 put the visitors ahead 3-1. UNO got its first run off a fielding error from JSU which allowed junior third baseman Owen Magee to score. The Privateers took the lead in the fourth, as junior right fielder Tristan Clarke led off the frame with a double and scored off a sacrifice fly from junior catcher Spencer Miller. The three-inning rally wrapped up in the fifth stanza, as junior first baseman John Cable hit a single through the left side, allowing senior shortstop Aaron Palmer to score from second base.
Following a pair of runs from the Tigers in the bottom of the sixth, the Privateers retook the lead in the seventh inning off a home run from Magee, scoring himself and senior left fielder Dakota Dean. JSU responded with two runs in the eighth to tie the game and end the scoring.
Freshman southpaw Christopher DeMayo logged a team-high three innings, allowing one run off four hits with one strikeout. Junior right-handed pitcher Rafael Martinez threw two scoreless innings with three strikeouts, while freshman righty Reeves Martin also contributed two scoreless frames with two strikeouts.
Clarke and Cable both posted three hits for UNO, followed by Magee and Dean who both chipped in two.
For Jackson State, Jonah Hargroves and Bryce Brown both posted two hits, with Brown scoring three times. Jesse Anderson got the start for the Tigers, allowing three runs off eight hits in five innings.
The Privateers continue the road swing with a three-game Southland Conference series at UIW starting on Friday, April 28, at 6:30 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.