(Mobile, Ala.) Coming off a historically dominant sweep of Tougaloo College over the weekend, the Loyola University New Orleans baseball team hit the road on Wednesday afternoon to square off against NCAA DII Spring Hill College at the Historic Stan Galle Field.
Wednesday’s non-conference doubleheader proved to be an extremely close affair with both squads putting up nearly identical statistics in Mobile. Despite tallying nearly the same overall statistics as Spring Hill on Wednesday, the Wolf Pack found itself on the wrong end of two 5-4 decisions on the road.
With the losses, Loyola drops to 6-4 heading into Friday’s doubleheader against Louisiana College in Pineville.
Game One: Spring Hill – 5 Loyola -4
Game one pitted Loyola’s senior right-hander Nick Moore (0-0) versus the Badger’s freshman standout Sean Bretz (1-0). Both lived up to their billing early as the game remained scoreless through the first three innings.
In the bottom of the fourth, Spring Hill turned two hits and one Loyola error into two runs to grab the 2-0 advantage heading into the fifth inning.
Both teams would combine for just three hits and no runs over the next 1.5 innings to keep the score knotted at 2-0 in favor of the home team.
Entering the seventh with 98 pitches thrown, Hertz was pulled and Michael Romano was brought out of the bullpen for the Badgers. With a 1-2 count and two outs, Rawlings Elam sent Romano yard to bring home Hernandez and tie the game at 2-2.
With the score still stuck at 2-2, John Hernandez stepped to the plate and dropped a single out to center field to bring in both Jimmy Richardson and Jesse Jordan to give the Wolf Pack its first lead of the game at 4-2.
Despite the momentum in its favor, Loyola would surrender three runs in the bottom of the seventh to hand the Badgers game one 5-4 on Wednesday.
Elam led the Wolf Pack with two RBI and his first home run of the season. Starting catcher Hernandez finished game one going 2-for-4 with two RBI while Alexander Lorenzo chipped in one hit and a stolen base in the loss.
On the mound. Alexander Acevado fell to 1-1 on the year after allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits in 2.2 innings pitched.
Game Two: Spring Hill – 5 Loyola – 4
Similar to the opener, game two remained scoreless in through the first three innings.
Facing a 0-0 count, Brandon Wilson Jr. connected on a single down the right field line to score Rosenbohm and put Loyola up 1-0 in the fourth inning.
Down 0-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Badgers managed to put four runs to take the 4-1 advantage at home. Spring Hill followed that up by adding another run to the board in the sixth to make the score 5-1 entering the final inning of action.
Both Elam and Jordan were hit by a pitch to start the seventh. With two men on and no outs, Blake Toscano reached on a fielding error to load the bases for the Wolf Pack. Following a strike out, Rosenbohm sent a single through the right side to score Elam from third to make the score 5-3. Condara then stepped to the plate and blasted single down the right field line to bring in Toscano and Jordan and close the gap to a single run at 5-4. With the bases loaded, Loyola ended the game with a line out and a strikeout to drop the second outing 5-4.
Elam and Jordan each collected two hits for the Wolf Pack and Condara notched two RBI to go along with one hit in the loss.
Jason Roussel (0-2) got saddled with the loss after giving up four runs (no earned) on seven hits with four strikeouts in 5.0 innings pitched.