(New Orleans, La.) – The Loyola University New Orleans baseball team returned to Milton Wheeler Field on Saturday for a doubleheader against Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) opponent No. 23 William Carey.
After a convincing 21-6 victory over the Wolf Pack on Friday, the Crusaders continued their dominance with a sweep of the Loyola baseball team in Saturday’s doubleheader on their home field.
With the loss, Loyola falls to 11-12 on the season and 0-3 in league play. The team will look to bounce back when they host the University of Mobile at Segnette Field on March 10.
Game One: WCC 8 Loyola 0
Much like Friday’s contest, William Carey got on the board early in the first inning. A batted ball by Tyler Graves gave Crusader’s Adrian Brown the opportunity to slide into home plate for the first run of the ballgame (1-0).
The pitching by the Wolf Pack’s Nick Moore held William Carey at bay for the next three innings, as neither team was able to score a run.
All that changed in the fourth inning, which saw two players for the Crusaders hit by pitches for an automatic advancement around the diamond.
The sequence ended on a run by Tyler Odom off a batted ball bringing the score to 2-0 at the bottom of the fourth.
That run would be the first of four for the inning for the home team, with the Wolf Pack being unable to slow the Crusader’s momentum.
Loyola failed to record a single run in the first game, leading to the 8-0 defeat by William Carey.
As a team, the Wolf Pack recorded only four hits in the first game but only allowed a 33.3% batting average by the Crusaders.
Game Two: WCC 10 Loyola 3
The Wolf Pack looked to grab the momentum early in the first inning of game two. Rawlings Elam helped get the team a run on the board first, as the junior advanced to home plate on a series of walks by the Crusaders.
On the following sequence, a missed catch by Braden Smith allowed Jesse Jordan to advance to second and Alexander Lorenzo slide home to give the Wolf Pack its largest lead of the day at 2-0.
But the lead would not last long, as the Crusaders returned to record three runs at the bottom of the first to retake the lead at 3-2.
William Carey went on to score runs in four innings before taking the ballgame 10-3 over the Wolf Pack.
The home team tallied a .378 batting average and racked up 14 hits overall in the win. Elam led the way for Loyola, recording two hits, one RBI and two runs in the road loss.
The Wolf Pack will look to get back on track as they return home to host SSAC opponent University of Mobile on March 10.
First pitch for Friday’s game is set for 6 p.m. at Segnette Field.