(Westwego, La.) Eyeing its second home sweep of this young season, the Loyola University New Orleans baseball team welcomed Tougaloo College back to Segnette Field on Saturday to cap off a three-game series with an afternoon doubleheader in Westwego.
The Wolf Pack’s offense exploded against the Bulldogs on Saturday, chalking up an impressive 27 runs on 13 hits to give Loyola the 7-1 win in game one and the dominating 20-0 victory in game two. With the victories, Loyola improves to 6-2 on the year behind a perfect 6-0 record at home.
Game One: Loyola – 7 Tougaloo – 1
Following a scoreless first two and a half innings, the Wolf Pack entered the bottom of the second looking to put some runs on the board. With one out, Jimmy Richardson (FR/Pensacola, Fl.) was hit by a pitch before being moved to second off a single by Mick Dubic (JR/Aurora, Colo.). Peyton Senner (SR/New Orleans, La.) and Jase Griffin (FR/Metairie, La.) then both reached on a walk to score Richardson from third and put Loyola up 1-0. Still with only one out, Brandon Wilson Jr. (FR/Chalmette, La.) sent a sacrifice fly out to leftfield to bring Dubic home give the home team 2-0 advantage after two.
Pitcher Stewart Campbell (SR/New Orleans, La.) kept the Bulldogs off the board in the third and the score remained 2-0 in favor of the Wolf Pack. Loyola only manufactured one hit in the third but it was able to tack on another run after Blake Toscano (SR/Metairie, La.) crossed the plate following a groundout my Spencer Rosenbohm (JR/Daphne, Ala.).
The Bulldogs were able to bring one runner across home plate in the fifth to bring the score to 3-1.
Loyola quickly answered by slapping on two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to extend the cushion to 7-1 heading into the frame final.
There was never any real scare of a Tougaloo comeback in seventh as relief pitcher Alex Acevado only allowed one hit while striking out two to seal the 7-1 victory for the Wolf Pack.
After putting up three RBI last night, Alexander Lorenzo (SR/Miami, Fla.) manufactured three more RBI in game two to go along with a team-high two hits and his first home run of the season. Wilson Jr., Rosenbohm, Griffin, and Brandon Wade (FR/Long Beach , Ca.) each notched one RBI in the contest while Blake Toscano logged a game-high three runs in the victory.
On the mound, Campbell improved to 2-0 on the year after allowing no runs on two hits with two strikeouts in 4.0 innings pitched.
Game Two: Loyola – 20 Tougaloo – 0
Following a scoreless top half of the first, things got really interesting in the home half of the opening inning. With no out and the bases load, the stage was set for Lorenzo to take the game over. Facing a 2-0 count, Lorenzo sent a sky shot out to left to record his first grand slam of the season and his second homer of the afternoon. Following Lorenzo’s bomb that put Loyola up 4-0, the Wolf Pack kept pouring it on starting pitcher Isaiah Rush by tacking on four more runs in the inning to push the home team’s lead to a hefty 9-0.
With five runs being added in the second, Ben Condara (JR/Houston, Tx.) was looking for some of his own heroics as he strided in against Malcolm Odem in the bottom of the third. With the count at 1-2, Condara sent a rocket out to left-center to score Richardson and Aaron Inman (JR/Washington D.C.) for his first long ball of the season. Once the smoke cleared, Loyola added another six runs to its already monstrous lead to grab the 20-0 advantage heading into the fourth.
Despite the hot start, Loyola did not manufacture any hits over the next three innings and the score remained stuck at 20-0.
With a sizeable lead behind him, Joseph Kuchler (JR/Metairie, La.) entered in the seventh and shut the door on the ailing Bulldogs by only allowing one hit in the final frame.
Loyola’s 20 runs against Tougaloo were the most since the Wolf Pack scored a remarkable 31 runs in a 31-4 victory over the College of St. Joseph on Feb. 18, 2015.
Condara and Lorenzo each poured in five RBI in game three with each player also logging a home run. Wilson, Toscano, and Richardson all tallied two RBI while Richardson led the squad with 11 putouts.
Jordan Green (SR/Shreveport, La.) (1-1) nabbed his first win of the season after surrendering no runs on just two hits with two walks in 4.0 innings pitched.
The Wolf Pack will head to Mobile, Alabama on Wednesday, Feb. 15, to square off against Spring Hill College in a doubleheader set for 3:00 p.m.