By Jared Prescott, Loyola (La.) Sports Information Intern
New Orleans, La. - Carmelo LoSauro had a walk off single as Loyola (La.) won 8-7 over NCAA Division I Southern University on Tuesday night at Barrow Stadium.
With the game tied at seven to start the bottom of ninth. Brandon Snow singled to second base and stole second. With two outs, LoSauro lined a ball past the outstretched glove of first baseman Brian Rowry to end a back and forth game with a Wolf Pack victory.
Southern (6-19) took the lead in the first as Jose De La Torre singled through the left side of the infield with two outs. D.J. Wallace doubled to deep right centerfield to score De La Torre and give Southern a 1-0 lead. They would add another run in the fifth when Jeremy Glore had a leadoff single to left. Bud Morton sacrificed him to second. Glore came home on De La Torre’s single to centerfield.
The Wolf Pack would pull one run back in the sixth as Karson Cullins led off with a triple to the warning track in centerfield. He came home to score on Brandon Snow’s grounder to short.
The seventh inning saw the Jaguars extend their lead with a three home run from Wallace. Marcus Tomlin and De La Torre walked before Wallace launched the ball over the left field fence.
Loyola (25-21) took the lead with a five run seventh inning which started when Nevin Brown and Harold Toscano singled with one out. Brown stole third and scored when Garrett Lacour hit a sacrifice fly to left. Cazayoux reached on an infield hit, but Toscano moved to third on a wild throw by the third baseman Harley Wiltz. Karson Cullins then hit a sinking single into centerfield. Tyler Kirksey tried to make a play, but the ball fell allowing Toscano and Cazayoux to come home. Snow then reached first on a wild throw by Wiltz. Peyton Senner walked to load the bases before LoSauro hit a single up the middle to plate Cullins and Snow.
Kirksey walked to lead off the eighth. He moved to second on a passed ball and went to third on a sacrifice bunt by Wiltz. He then came home to score on another passed ball by Daniel Pappas. The bottom half of the eighth inning saw Brown hit a single to lead things off. Brown stole second and went to third on a wild pitch. Brown scored the go ahead run on a passed ball by Glore.
Connor Thurman entered to try to close out a 7-6 game in the ninth. Pinch hitter Elliott Jones doubled to deep right field. Robinson Mateo punch ran for him and scored when Wallace doubled to deep left. Thurman retired Wiltz with runners on second and third. That setup LoSauro’s game winning single in the bottom of the ninth.
Thurman (4-0) earned the win by pitching the ninth and giving up two hits and one run. Stewart Campbell started and gave up two runs and seven hits across five innings. Michael Pfister pitched the sixth and seventh while giving up one hit, two walks, and three runs. Nick Moore pitched the eighth allowing one hit, one walk, and one run.
Jacob Polk (0-2) took the loss as he pitched two innings and surrendered four hits, three runs, and two earned runs. Ryan Flynn started and earned a no decision as he allowed eight hits, five runs, four earned runs, and one walk across 6.2 frames.
LoSauro had a 2 for 5 game with three RBI’s. Cullins had two runs and two RBI’s as part of a 2 for 5 day. Snow also went 2 for 5 with two runs and one RBI. Brown scored twice as he collected two hits.
Wallace was 3 for 5 with one run, one home run, and five RBI’s to lead the Jaguars offensive effort. De La Torre had a 2 for 4 game with two runs and one RBI.
Loyola will return to action for a three-game weekend conference series on the road against Brewton-Parker College (Ga.).