(Westwego, La) The Loyola University New Orleans baseball team took a step outside of conference play on Wednesday afternoon when the squad welcomed fellow Jesuit institution Spring Hill College to Westwego for a doubleheader at Segnette Field.
Loyola logged yet another gutsy performance against its rival from the NCAA Division II on Wednesday, coming back from a 0-4 hole to take game one 5-4, before dropping the night cap 5-2.
Following the split, Loyola heads into its weekend series at Tougaloo College with a 13-15 overall record.
Game One: Loyola 5 – SHC 4
The Badgers used some two-out magic in the first inning to grab the early lead. With two outs, a double by Brandon Harigel and a triple by Michael Druhan put the visiting team up 2-0 after the first half inning.
Spring Hill managed to tack on one more run in the second after a single by Ulysses Fluellen brought in Conner Harrison from second.
The visitors last run was scored in the top of the fourth thanks to a long ball by Conner Harrison on a 2-1 count.
With one out in the bottom of the fourth, Alexander Lorenzo (SR/Miami, Fla.) sent a double out to right before being brought in by a single by Spencer Rosenbohm (JR/Daphne, Ala.). Rosenbohm would later score on a wild throw to cut the Wolf Pack deficit to 4-2. With Mick Dubic (JR/Aurora, Colo.) on second, Jase Griffin (FR/Metairie, La.) smacked a single to left to bring Loyola within one at 4-3.
The Wolf Pack tied the game in the fifth after a bases-loaded HBP brought Kevin Meehan (FR/Metairie, La.) in from third base.
Griffin logged a single to center field before stealing second to start the sixth inning. He would later score thanks to a single to center by Peyton Senner (SR/New Orleans, La.).
The Badgers manufactured a hit in the seventh but would leave the runner stranded as a force out, fly out and ground out sealed the 5-4 win for the home team.
After coming into the game on a 2-of-20 slump, Lorenzo bounced back in a big way with two hits and a run in game one. Griffin and Meehan also logged two hits for Loyola while Rosenbohm, Senner, and Griffin each notched a RBI in the win.
On the mound, Jordan Green (SR/Shreveport, La.) (2-3) got the win after surrendering no runs on just one hit in 2.0 innings pitched.
Game Two: SHC 4 – Loyola 2
The Badgers got off to another hot start in game two, putting up four runs in the first half inning to take a sizeable 4-0 advantage on the road.
In the bottom of the second, Brandon Wilson Jr. (FR/Chalmette, La.) led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch. Ben Condara (JR/Houston, Tx.) followed with a single to advance Wilson Jr. to second and give Loyola two men on with no outs. John Hernandez (JR/Tampa, Fl.) then came to the plate and sent a single to right to score Wilson Jr. and advance Condara to third. Condara would later score on a fly out by Meehan to cut the Wolf Pack deficit to 4-2.
The following four innings saw both teams struggle from the plate as the two sides combined for just three hits. Down 4-2 in the seventh, Loyola’s hopes of a comeback were shattered by three-straight strikeouts.
Hernandez paced the Wolf Pack offense in game two, going 1-for-3 with one RBI. Condara added one RBI and one run scored while Wilson Jr. was responsible for Loyola’s other run in the night’s finale.
Jason Roussel (JR/Baton Rouge, La.) (0-3) got saddled with the loss after giving up four runs (all earned) on five hits with one walk and four strikeouts in 4.0 innings pitched.
The Wolf Pack hits the road this weekend for a three-game series against Tougaloo College starting with a single game on Friday at 4:00 p.m.