(New Orleans, La.) The Loyola University baseball team took to the diamond this weekend for a road matchup against the Tougaloo College Bulldogs of Biloxi, MS.
With only a 3-12 record away from Segnette Field coming into Friday’s ballgame, Loyola was led by the stellar pitching of Joseph Kuchler and some dominate play on the plate across the board to gain the convincing 10-2 victory over Tougaloo College.
The Wolf Pack improves to 14-15 overall and 4-12 on the road after the game one win. The team will return to Biloxi for a doubleheader on Saturday, March 18.
Both teams were scoreless after the first inning of baseball. Everything changed at the top of the second, when the visiting hit their stride.
Jase Griffin gave the Wolf Pack the early momentum as the freshman singled out to left field to advance to first base. Griffin followed up that play with a stolen base bringing him to second base.
The team ended the play with Ben Condara doubling out to the right field, allowing Griffin to get all the way home for the visiting squad’s first run of the game (1-0).
Brandon Wilson Jr. got in on the action, doubling out to center field getting him all the way to second base.
Once again, the sequence would end with Loyola earning yet another run to put the score at 2-0 at the top of the second.
Jesse Jordan made the final play for the Wolf Pack, sliding home on a batted ball by Alexander Lorenzo, tacking on the team’s fifth run of the inning.
The Wolf Pack ended the second inning with five runs on six hits to take the commanding 5-0 lead in the early going.
Kuchler made short work of the Bulldogs hitters at the bottom of the second, to leave the home team without a run entering the top of the third.
For the next four innings, however, neither team would give up a run until the top of the seventh.
Loyola tallied five more runs in the final frame of the ballgame, ending with Griffin cruising home off a batted ball by Jimmy Richardson.
Although Tougaloo College tacked on two runs to avoid going scoreless, the Wolf Pack come away with a 10-2 victory over the Bulldogs to take game one of three in the weekend series.
Kuechler had a tremendous performance on the mound for Loyola, allowing only three hits, and one run, while also adding three strikeouts in six innings of work. Griffin chipped in two runs, three hits and collected an RBI in Friday’s win.
The team will return to action on Saturday for a doubleheader against the Bulldogs. First pitch is set for 12 p.m.