Privateers outhit the Trojans in loss
NEW ORLEANS – In a contest that featured 14 runs in the opening three innings, the University of New Orleans baseball team suffered their first loss of the 2017 season on Friday evening against Troy University 12-9 at Maestri Field at First NBC Ballpark.
The Privateers (5-1) ended the game with 15 hits, two more than the visiting Trojans (3-2). UNO blasted four home runs in the loss, led by two from junior infielder Owen Magee with junior outfielder Tristan Clarke and senior outfielder Dakota Dean both taking one over the outfield wall.
“From a pitching standpoint, I didn’t think we pitched very well,” head coach Blake Dean said. “They had eight stolen bases in the game so we had zero intensity on the mound. We hit ok in the game, but not good enough to get the win tonight. We kept pushing and pushing, but when we needed a big hit we couldn’t produce.”
Magee paced the offense with three hits and two RBI, while senior outfielder Hezekiah Randolph, junior catcher John Cable, sophomore outfielder Orynn Veillon and senior infielder Samuel Capielano all posted two hits. Despite his streak of multiple hits snapped, Clarke ended the game with two RBI.
New Orleans led 6-2 after two frames, but a five-run rally from Troy in the third put them ahead 7-6. UNO knotted up the score in the bottom of the frame off a sacrifice fly from Capielano, scoring Veillon, before another run from the visiting team put them back up 8-7.
The two sides’ bat cooled down after the top of the fourth with six-straight frames of scoreless baseball. New Orleans ended the scoreless streak in the seventh inning off a solo bomb from Magee for a short-lived tied game as Troy logged two runs in the top of the eighth to take a two-run lead. Dean hit his first homer of the 2017 campaign in the eighth inning for the final UNO score of the night.
Freshman southpaw Christopher DeMayo got the loss for UNO, allowing one run off one hit with three strikeouts in 1.0 innings of work. Freshman right handed pitcher Reeves Martin put in a team-high 2.2 innings on the mound, striking out a team-best five Trojans. Senior right handed pitcher Riley Hodge, senior left handed pitcher Hunter Medine, junior left handed pitcher John Michael Stephens and junior right handed pitcher Hunter Medine all made appearances on the mound.
For Troy, the back-to-back combo of Matt Sanders and Joey Denison combined for a 6-9 outing in the second and third slots with both Trojans recording three hits. Daren Osby got the win for the visitors, throwing 5.2 innings out of the bullpen with three runs allowed off seven hits with five strikeouts.
“We have to come out tomorrow and hold them down on defense,” Dean added. “If we can get some more zeros on the scoreboard for them so we are not playing from behind the entire game.”
The loss snaps the Privateers’ five-game winning streak, leaving them one win short of matching the 1987 season for the best start in program history. The team also broke its streak of consecutive games with double-digit runs, falling one run short after posting 10-plus in the previous three games.
The weekend series continues tomorrow with the first pitch scheduled for noon. UNO hits the first time this season on Tuesday, Feb. 28 when they travel to take on South Alabama at 6:30 pm. UNO returns to 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.