(New Orleans, La.) – Entering the day at 6-4, the Loyola University New Orleans baseball team headed to Pineville on Friday to square off against the undefeated Louisiana College at the Billy Allgood Field. The Wolf Pack managed to split with the Wildcats on Friday, taking game on 2-1 before falling 9-1 in the nightcap.
Following Friday’s action, Loyola now sits at 7-5 overall heading into Tuesday’s home doubleheader against the College of Saint Joseph.
Game One: Loyola 2 Louisiana College 1
Neither team recorded a run through two innings of baseball. At the top of the third inning, sophomore Jesse Jordan singled to the right field allowing Jase Griffin to advance to third. An unearned run on a passed ball by Jacob Buchanan gave the Wolf Pack its first lead of the game at 1-0.
With Loyola still in the lead entering the bottom of the fifth inning, the Wildcat in-fielder Zane Corbell stepped up to the plate. Corbell singled on a bunt to advance to first base. Corbell also managed to steal second base with Joseph Kuchler on the mound for Loyola, who recorded two outs in the inning. Sully Martin singled out to center field for the home team, giving Corbell the chance to get home and gain the Wildcat’s first run of the game.
The score was tied at 1-1 entering the seventh inning. Ben Condara doubled to the right field for Loyola, causing Trey Ducote to take Buchanan’s place on the mound. Hernandez reached on an error by second base, giving Condara the opportunity to move to third. The Wolf Pack’s Jimmy Richardson went on to collect the RBI on the team’s second run of the game, putting Loyola back on top 2-1.
The Wildcats were unable to squeeze out a run at the bottom of the seventh, leading to Loyola’s 2-1 victory in game one.
Kuchler earned the win for the Wolf Pack, as the sophomore gave up only one run with one error and three strikeouts in seven innings pitched.
Game Two: Louisiana College 9 Loyola 1
For the second-straight game, neither team would record a run until the third inning. This time the Wildcats got on the board first with Deauton Delgado hitting the ball out to center field for a home run and to put his team up 1-0 at the bottom of the third.
Loyola quickly responded. An error by the home team sent Spencer Rosenbohm to second base, putting the Wolf Pack closer to earning its first run. Richardson collected another RBI for his team, sending pitch-runner Brandon Wilson Jr. to home plate to knot the game at 1-1.
Things would start to go downhill for Loyola, as the Wildcats would string together two runs at the bottom of the sixth inning to give them the 4-1 lead after surrendering a run in the fifth.
The bottom of the seventh inning put the Wolf Pack in more of a bind, as the road team gave up three runs on three hits to Louisiana College’s Kiefer Moore, Dylan Keller and Seth Stevens.
With Loyola unable to force the extra innings and the momentum in the Wildcat’s favor, the Wolf Pack fell 9-1 to Louisiana College in game two.
The team will go to 7-5 on the season and just 1-5 away from Segnette Field.
The Wolf Pack had seven total hits and one RBI and just one run in the second game against the Wildcats. In five innings pitched, Gary Cavalo Jr. gave up only two runs on one error and five strikeouts in the loss.
Loyola will return to Segnette Field for a doubleheader against the College of Saint Joseph in Vermont on Feb. 21. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.