Wolf Pack baseball splits with Blue Mountain College on Friday
(Westwego, La.) Coming off of two losses at the hands of Louisiana State University-Alexandria earlier in the week, the Loyola University New Orleans baseball team looked to get back on track when it welcomed Blue Mountain College to Segnette Field for a doubleheader on Friday afternoon to start a series chosen as the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) Network Games of the Week.
The first game between these two conference foes proved to be a very heated exchange as a few close calls by the umpires throughout the contest left both sides fired up in Westwego. Loyola managed to take the hard-fought opening game 5-3 but was unable to combat two Toppers homers in game two to fall 8-2 in the nightcap.
Heading into tomorrow’s series-ending game, Loyola sits at 16-19 overall and 2-6 in the SSAC, while Blue Mountain returns to Segnette tomorrow morning at 21-12 on the year behind a 5-6 record in conference play.
Game One: Loyola 5 – BMC 3
Jesse Jordan recorded Loyola’s first hit of the game in the first inning and then advanced to second on the throw to give Loyola one man on with one out. Alexander Lorenzo followed by sending a rocket over the left field wall (his seventh homer of the season) on a 2-2 count to give the home team the 2-0 advantage early.
Following a scoreless second, a RBI single by Brandon Montgomery would cut the Toppers’ deficit to 2-1 after three.
BMC tacked on one run in the fourth to knot the game at two before a RBI single by Kevin Meehan would score Ben Condara from third and put Loyola back on top 3-2.
After the visitors tied the game at 3’s in the fifth, Loyola managed to turn one hit into two runs in the bottom of the innings to grab the advantage back at 5-3.
Shawn Prats and Joseph Kuchler combined to shut out the Toppers over the next two innings to give Loyola the hard-fought 5-3 victory to start the evening.
Condara accounted for two of the Wolf Pack’s seven hits in game one, while Lorenzo notched a team-high two RBI to go along with his long ball.
On the mound, Prats moves to 1-0 on the year after allowing no runs and no hits in relief of starter Nick Moore who went 4.2 innings and surrendered three runs (three earned) on eight hits.
Game Two: BMC 8 – Loyola 2
Down 1-0 in the bottom of the third, a single by Jesse Jordan (scoring Brandon Wilson Jr.) would knot the game at 1-1.
Blue Mountain was the only squad that was able to put up runs over the next three innings (three in the fourth) to grab the 4-1 advantage entering the seventh.
Loyola managed to load the bases in the seventh but the home team would only be able to convert that to one run and the scoreboard read 4-2 in favor of the visitors as we headed to the eighth inning.
The Toppers put the game out of reach in eighth by putting up four runs in the frame to seal the 8-2 victory in game two.
Jordan and Wilson Jr. each tallied two hits in game two with Jordan chipping in one of Loyola’s two RBI.
Jason Roussel (0-3) got saddled with the loss after allowing four runs (four earned) on seven hits in 6.0 innings pitched.
The three-game series between these two rivals is set to start tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. live from Segnette Field.