(New Orleans, La.) – The Loyola University New Orleans men’s baseball team spent its Mardi Gras in Dallas, Texas where the team was looking to come away from the three-game series against the Crusaders with a victory.
It took 11 innings of baseball for the home team to come out on top in game one, but the Wolf Pack responded with an explosive game two to split Tuesday’s series at 1-1.
Following the road games, Loyola improves to 11-9 on the year and 3-9 in games played away from Segnette Field.
Game One: DCS 6 – Loyola 5
Looking to get the momentum on its side, the Crusaders were first to record a run when Austin Holbrook doubled on a fly ball allowing Jacob Patlan to advance to home and bring the score to 1-0 at the bottom of the first inning.
Loyola did not record a run until the top of the fourth with Alexander Lorenzo once again showing his prowess at the plate. The senior recorded yet another home run, allowing him to cruise to home to knot the game at 1-1.
The top of the fifth saw the Wolf Pack take its first lead of the day, after a single by Brandon Wilson Jr. allowed Rawlings Elam to come home and put the team on top 2-1.
Things would get interesting by the seventh inning. Loyola held the 4-2 advantage at the bottom of the final inning until back-to-back runs by the Crusaders squared the game at 4-4, treating the fans to extra baseball.
At the top of the eighth inning, Lorenzo once again seized the momentum. The senior recorded his second home run of the contest, sending the ball out to the left field on a line drive, giving the Wolf Pack a 5-4 lead.
But at the bottom of the eighth, the Crusaders had a response of their own. A single by Mike Ordieres gave Holbrook the free run to home plate, tying the game at 5-5.
Neither team recorded a run until the 11th inning, which saw Patlan steal third base for the Crusaders and eventually secure the run and the game one victory for the home team.
Lorenzo turned in another stellar performance in spite of the game one loss, recording two runs, three RBI and three hits in the loss.
On the mound, Gary Cavalo Jr. had five strikeouts and gave up four runs in six innings pitched.
Game Two: DCS-4 Loyola-14
Entering the top of the third inning, the Wolf Pack trailed the Crusaders 2-1. But that would be the last time they would trail for the rest of the ballgame. Nathan Law’s line drive resulted in a single a free run to home plate for Spencer Rosenbohm, tying the game at 2-2.
The road squad put on a running clinic in the rest of the inning, tacking on seven runs capped off by Jesse Jordan sliding safely into home plate and bringing the score to 8-2.
The Crusaders added two runs of their own but would remain out of reach as the Wolf Pack finished off the home team 14-4 in game two.
Six players for the Wolf Pack recorded two runs in the final ballgame, with Lorenzo adding two hits and two RBI to his impressive evening.
Loyola will continue its road trip with a conference matchup against No. 23 William Carey College on Mar. 3. First pitch for Friday’s game is set for 1 p.m.