Following the two wins and two losses by Martin Methodist today, the Wolf Pack took sole possession of the eighth place in the SSAC standings.
The Loyola University New Orleans baseball team headed to Mt. Vernon, Georgia on Friday afternoon to kick off a three-game series against the Barons from Brewton-Parker College.
The Wolf Pack entered Friday’s games tied with Martin Methodist for the eighth spot in the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) standings. With the conference championship just weeks away, the Wolf Pack embarked on the BPC Baseball Field on Friday looking to put some space between itself and the Redhawks for the eighth and final qualifying spot in the league tournament.
Following two losses against No. 14 William Carey University today, Martin Methodist dropped to 4-13 in the SSAC, opening the door for Loyola to take sole possession of eighth place if the squad could get it done against the Barons on the road.
The Wolf Pack (20-25, 6-11 SSAC) answered the call on Friday, defeating the bottom-seeded Brewton-Parker 7-4 in game one before taking game two 10-8 to take sole possession of eighth place.
These two teams will close out this conference series with a single game tomorrow, April 15, with first pitch scheduled to start at noon CST.
Game one: Loyola 7 – BPC 4
The Barons took control of the first game early by tacking on two runs in the first to take the 2-0 advantage at home.
Ben Condara (JR/Houston, Tx.) led off the second with a double to left before advancing to third off a sacrifice bunt by Rawlings Elam (JR/Houston, Tx.). Spencer Rosenbohm (JR/Daphne, Ala.) then came to the plate and sent a sacrifice fly to center which scored Condara from third to put Loyola on the board (1-2).
The visitors exploded for four hits in the third inning. With two outs, Jesse Jordan (SO/New Iberia, La.), Alexander Lorenzo (SR/Miami, Fla.), and Brandon Wilson Jr. (FR/Chalmette, La.) recorded three straight singles. Wilson Jr.’s single would score Jordan before Condara came through with a double to bring in both Lorenzo and Wilson Jr. to give Loyola 4-2 advantage on the road.
The Barons managed to manufacture one run in the bottom of the third to close the gap to 4-3 in favor of the visiting team.
Facing a 0-0 count, Lorenzo sent his ninth home run of the season over the left field wall to push the Loyola advantage to 5-3.
With the score stuck at 5-3, the Wolf Pack used RBI singles from Nathan Law (FR/Arab, Ala.) and Jase Griffin (FR/Metairie, La.) to bring the score to 7-3.
Brewton-Parker was able to score one run in the eighth to bring the score to 7-4 in game one.
Lorenzo and Condara each collected three hits in the win with Condara adding a team-high two RBI and nine putouts. As a team, Loyola collected 13 hits in 32 at bats with seven RBI and 21 putouts.
On the mound, Joseph Kuchler (JR/Metairie, La.) (6-4) got the complete game victory after allowing four runs (four earned) on 10 hits with one walk.
Game two: Loyola 10 – BPC 8
The second game was all Loyola early on, as the visitors raced out to the commanding 5-0 lead through three innings.
After a RBI single in the fifth by Lorenzo pushed the Wolf Pack lead to 6-0, the Barons answered back with four runs in the fifth to cut the Loyola lead to 6-4.
Loyola tacked on three runs in the sixth to extend the lead to 9-4.
Down 9-4 in the seventh, Brewton-Parker manufactured four runs in the bottom of the inning to bring the score to 10-8 with just two innings remaining.
The Wolf Pack rode the arm of Jason Roussel (JR/Baton Rouge, La.) for the next two innings to take game two, 10-8.
Elam, Jordan, and Lorenzo each collected two hits in game two, with Elam notching an impressive four RBI while Lorenzo accounted for three Loyola RBI. The Wolf Pack collected eight total hits in game two which translated to 10 RBI in 32 at bats.
Nick Moore (SR/Marrero, La.) (3-3) grabbed the victory after surrendering four runs (four earned) on seven hits with one walk and one strikeout in 4.2 innings pitched.