(Cochran, Ga.) With the end of the 2017 regular season in its sights, the Loyola University New Orleans baseball team headed to Stuckey Field in Cochran, Georgia on Thursday afternoon to take on No. 16 Middle Georgia State University in a Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) doubleheader.
Riding a four-game losing streak, the Wolf Pack headed to Cochran looking to right the ship against the conference leading Knights in a matchup that will likely be repeated in the opening round of this year’s SSAC Championship.
Entering today’s twinbill with a 37-12 overall record, the Knights showed why many people have them as being series contenders for this year’s NAIA National Championship. Out-hitting the Wolf Pack 26-4 in the two games, MGS’s bats proved too potent for the Wolf Pack as the Knights recorded five home runs on the day en route to the doubleheader sweep at home (Game 1: 12-3/Game 2: 10-0).
Loyola returns to Stuckey Field tomorrow to close out the three-game series with Middle Georgia State at 1:00 p.m.
Game One: MGS 12 – Loyola 3
It was all Knights early as the home team raced out to a 3-0 lead after the first two innings of action.
In the third, Spencer Rosenbohm (JR/Daphne, Ala.) singled and then advanced all the way to third thanks to a wild throw by the Knights’ Austin Bowker. Rosenbohm would be brought home thanks to a RBI by John Hernandez (JR/Tampa, Fl.) to bring the score to 3-1.
Trailing 8-1 in the sixth, Jase Griffin (FR/Metairie, La.) led off the inning by reaching on a missed catch by Mikal Flores. Hernandez then recorded a single to give Loyola two men on with one out. A walk by Blake Toscano (SR/Metairie, La.) would bring in Griffin from third to make the score 8-2 before Rawlings Elam (JR/Houston, Tx.) would score following a groundout to cut the visitors deficit to 8-3.
The Knights put the game out of reach in the sixth by tacking on four more runs to give the home team to 12-3 victory to start the doubleheader.
The Wolf Pack tallied four hits in game one compared to 13 by Middle Georgia State. Jesse Jordan (SO/New Iberia, La.), Lorenzo, and Hernandez accounted for one RBI each in the game while Elam, Rosenbohm, and Griffin made up the Wolf Pack’s three runs.
Jason Roussel (JR/Baton Rouge, La.) got the game one loss after allowing eight runs (seven earned) on 10 hits with three walks and two strikeouts in 5.0 innings pitched.
Game Two: MGS 10 – Loyola 0
The highlight of game two was the sheer dominance of Knights pitcher Mason Klotz. The senior was just one allowed walk away from throwing a perfect a game on Thursday after giving up no runs on no hits with one walk and nine strikeouts in 7.0 inning pitched.
On the mound for Loyola, Stewart Campbell (SR/New Orleans, La.) went 4.0 innings and surrendered nine runs (all earned) on 10 hits to get the loss.