Privateers blank Cardinals for second-straight day
NEW ORLEANS – The University of New Orleans baseball team held Lamar scoreless for the second time in as many days on Saturday afternoon, rallying behind a complete-game shutout performance from sophomore southpaw Bryan Warzek in a 6-0 victory.
The Clifton Park, New York native held Lamar (17-15, 5-9 Southland Conference) to just five hits with as many strikeouts in nine innings on the mound for his first collegiate complete-game shutout. It is just the second time for New Orleans (19-13, 8-6 Southland Conference) that a pitcher has thrown a complete-game shutout in a Southland Conference game, and the first since 2015.
“What [Bryan] Warzek did today was unbelievable!” head coach Blake Dean said. “He did a great job of throwing strikes and holding Lamar to just five hits. He was dominant all day, so even though he gave up a pair of hits in the final inning we knew he would be able to get out of it and complete the game. Our defense fed off of him and gave one of their best outings of the season. This was by far the best game we have played this year.”
New Orleans took the lead in the opening frame, leading off with a single from senior shortstop Aaron Palmer. A single from senior first baseman Dakota Dean advanced Palmer to second, with a throwing error by the Cardinals’ second baseman allowing him to score.
Sophomore center fielder Orynn Veillon added to the lead with a three-run homer in the following inning, taking the first pitch he saw over the left field wall to score himself plus senior designated hitter Hezekiah Randolph and junior catcher John Cable. Both Cable and Veillon added insurance runs in later innings, with Randolph sending Cable home in the fourth off a single and Palmer scoring Veillon off a single in the sixth.
For the Privateers, Palmer, Dean, Randolph, Cable and Veillon all posted two hits, with Cable and Veillon each scoring two runs.
For Lamar, Robin Adames and Trey Silvers both posted two hits. Jimmy Johnson got the start for the Cardinals on the mound, allowing six runs off 11 hits in six innings of work.
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