MOBILE, Ala. – Playing on the road for the first time this season, the University of New Orleans baseball team dropped a 10-7 decision to reigning Sun Belt champions South Alabama on Tuesday evening at Stanky Field.
Despite the final score, New Orleans (6-3) outhit the host 10-6, holding South Alabama (5-3) without a hit after the third inning. Senior infielder Samuel Capielano paced UNO’s offense with three hits, while junior infielder Owen Magee chipped in two hits and a pair of RBIs. Junior outfielder Tristan Clarke led both team with three RBIs, posting one of the Privateers three doubles in the game.
“We have to limit the free bases,” head coach Blake Dean said. “We knew they were good at drawing walks, but we cannot give up 11 walks and then strikeout 14 times at the plate. Despite those numbers we were still in the game, we just couldn’t get a big hit when we needed one.”
South Alabama scored half of their runs in the opening frame, capitalizing on the Privateers’ lone error of the night to score the first two runs of the game and added three more to lead 5-0 heading into the second.
The Privateers got on the scoreboard in the third, using a double from junior outfielder Jared McKay to bring Capielano home. McKay touched home plate later in the stanza off a sacrifice fly from Clarke. The four-run third inning ended with a two RBI single from Magee, bringing home senior outfielders Hezekiah Randolph and Dakota Dean. South Alabama responded with two runs in the bottom of the stanza, adding three in the fifth off three walks and two hit by pitches to extend their lead to 10-4.
The Privateers began to rally in the seventh and eighth inning, scoring three runs to cut the deficit in half. Clarke brought two runners home with a double to right center in the seventh, with a single from Capielano in the eighth brining in the final score of the game.
On the mound for UNO, freshman southpaw Christopher DeMayo got the start, allowing three earned runs off five hits in 2.2 innings with three strikeouts. Junior left handed pitcher Matthew Gillis logged a season-high 2.1 innings of work, keeping the Jaguars scoreless while striking out five batters. Senior right handed pitchers Riley Hodge and Ryan Leone, junior left handed pitcher John Michael Stephens and junior right handed pitcher William Griffin all made relief appearances.
For South Alabama, Nick DeSantis came in with two outs and the third inning and pitched the rest of the game for the home team, allowing three runs off five hits in 6.1 innings with 10 strikeouts. Andy Arguelles got the start for USA, going 2.2 innings and allowing four runs. Drew LaBounty led USA’s offense going 2-3 in the leadoff position with a pair of walks and a run scored.
UNO returns to the friendly confines of Maestri Field at First NBC Ballpark on Friday, Mar. 3 when they begin a three-game series against Alcorn State with first pitch scheduled 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.