(New Orleans, La.) The Loyola University New Orleans baseball team played host to NCAA DI Southern University at Wesley Barrow Stadium in New Orleans on Wednesday for its annual Strike Out Autism Game.
Both programs donned blue wristbands throughout the game to represent the acceptance for autism and to promote the support, inclusion, and empowerment for all citizens with autism. Before the game, both teams were visited by the Chatman family and their son Jamar who was diagnosed with autism at a very young age. Each team signed baseballs for Jamar and took photos with the family before Jamar threw out the first pitch of the game.
The Wolf Pack came out on fire right out of the gate and raced out to a 4-0 lead after the first inning. Despite the large deficit, the Jaguars would outscore Loyola 13-2 over the next eight innings to claim the 13-6 victory on Wednesday evening.
With the loss, Loyola drops to 17-23 while Southern improved to 7-17 following the victory.
Southern 13 – Loyola 6
After Stewart Campbell (SR/New Orleans, La.) kept the Jaguars off the board in the opening half inning, the Wolf Pack came to bat looking to get things rolling as the team faced off against Southern’s Wilhelm Allen. Elam put the first run on the board after scoring on a wild throw before a two-RBI double by Brandon Wilson Jr. (FR/Chalmette, La.) would score both Spencer Rosenbohm (JR/Daphne, Ala.) and Ben Condara (JR/Houston, Tx.) to put Loyola up 3-0. With two outs, Jimmy Richardson (FR/Pensacola, Fl.) set a shot out to left-center to score Wilson from third and bring the game to 4-0 in favor of the Wolf Pack.
Southern used the next 6.5 innings to outscore Loyola 12-0 to grab the 12-4 advantage.
In the bottom of the eighth, Alexander Lorenzo (SR/Miami, Fla.) blasted his eighth home run of the season to score Jesse Jordan (SO/New Iberia, La.) from first and cut the deficit to 12-6.
The Jaguars tacked on one more run in the ninth to bring the final score to 13-6.
Wilson Jr. continued his stellar play at the plate on Wednesday, going 4-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Lorenzo’s long ball made up two of Loyola’s five RBI in the game, while Richardson added the other for the Wolf Pack.
Campbell (2-2) got saddled with the loss after allowing seven runs (seven earned) on five hits in 1.2 innings pitched.
The Wolf Pack returns to action on Friday, April 7, as the team heads to Pulaski, Tennessee to take on Martin Methodist in the SSAC Game of the Week.