(Hattiesburg, Miss.) Friday’s Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) matchup between the No. 23 Crusaders and the Loyola Wolf Pack marked the first time that a team from William Carey has played on campus since a tornado on January 21st ripped through the campus and caused mass destruction.
Heading to Milton Wheeler Field on Friday, the Wolf Pack entered Friday’s game looking to earn its first conference win and its 10th victory of the season.
William Carey quickly showed why they are one of the top teams in the country on Thursday as the Crusaders managed to put up 21 runs to defeat Loyola 21-6 in game one of the three-game series. The Crusaders will welcome the Wolf Pack back to campus for a doubleheader tomorrow with first pitch set to start at noon.
The home team came out of the gate on fire to take the 6-0 advantage after the first inning.
In the top of the second, Ben Condara (JR/Houston, Tx.) led off with a single before Spencer Rosenbohm (JR/Daphne, Ala.) singled to shallow right. John Hernandez (JR/Tampa, Fl.) then stepped to the plate and connected on a single to right to score Condara and put Loyola on the board at 6-1.
The Crusaders tacked on one more run in the bottom of the second to stretch the home team’s lead to 7-1.
Following a scoreless third, William Carey manufactured 13 runs over the next two innings to push the advantage to 20-1 heading into the sixth.
Down but not defeated, the Wolf Pack collected five runs on three hits in the sixth to cut the deficit to 20-6.
In the bottom of the sixth, the home team put up one more run to seal the 21-6 conference victory for the Crusaders in game one.
Ben Condara went 2-for 3 in the loss while Alexander Lorenzo (SR/Miami, Fla.) added one hit and two RBI on Friday. Rawlings Elam (JR/Houston, Tx.), Brandon Wilson Jr. (FR/Chalmette, La.), Rosenbohm and Hernandez each added a RBI in game one.
Jordan Green (SR/Shreveport, La.) got saddled with the loss after allowing 10 runs (six earned) on seven hits in three innings pitched.