LCU snaps Loyola’s eight-game win streak

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WESTWEGO – The Loyola Wolf Pack ended their home regular-season schedule on Tuesday, losing a close contest to the Louisiana Christian Wildcats, 7-6.

The loss snapped an eight-game winning streak for the Pack, and they’re now 30-18 overall with three games left until the conference tournament next week.

Loyola still has a nine-game Southern States Athletic Conference winning streak going, though, and it’ll play at Brewton-Parker three times this week. Game 1 of the series is set for 5 p.m. CDT on Thursday, then a doubleheader at 12 p.m. CDT is set for Friday to close out the league series. The SSAC Championship tournament is scheduled to start Wednesday, May 4, in Columbus, Georgia.

Gabriel Trastoy helped bring the first run home with a leadoff single in the second inning. Aaron Davis moved courtesy runner Garrett Beadle to second on a sacrifice bunt, then Ryan Smilari came through with the RBI single during the following at-bat to give Loyola an early 1-0 lead.

After Louisiana Christian scored four runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth, Loyola got two runs back in the bottom of the fifth. Kason Cullins led off the frame with a single to center, and walks for Allen Dennis and Cameron Trosclair loaded the bases with two outs. Christopher Bohrer delivered the two-RBI base hit, doubling off the left-field wall to cut the deficit to 6-3 after five innings.

The two teams traded runs in the sixth and seventh innings, but the Wolf Pack was able to cut the deficit to two entering the final two frames. The Pack used an RBI single by Dennis to score Davis in the sixth, making it a 6-4 game. Then after Louisiana Christian plated a run in the top of the seventh, Loyola used a leadoff walk for Cameron Trosclair, a single by Bohrer and an infield error to cut the score to 7-5.

Loyola made it a one-run game in the eighth and had a good opportunity to tie the game when Cullins and Dennis both reached base with no outs. Luke Clement smacked a double to left to plate the first run, 7-6, but Loyola stranded the two base runners with three consecutive outs being recorded. The Wolf Pack had hopes for a tying run in the ninth as well, however, the leadoff hit was all Loyola could do in the inning.

Brady Bowen started the game and looked solid through the first three innings, sitting down the first nine Louisiana Christian batters he saw, but the freshman ran into some trouble with the four-run fourth inning for the Wildcats. Wes Anderson entered to pitch the final two innings and held LCU hitless with one strikeout to give Loyola’s offense a chance.

PACK FACTS
Six different Loyola players got a hit on Tuesday: Gabriel Trastoy, Luke Clement, Kason Cullins, Christopher Bohrer, Ryan Smilari, and Allen Dennis.

Dennis has scored 45 runs this season, which is tied for the 10th most in a season in Loyola history.

Trastoy, Clement, Cullins, and Bohrer had multi-hit games.

Clement led the team with three hits. On the season, he’s at 44 total hits in just 112 at-bats, a team-best batting average of .393.

Clement also extended his on-base streak to 26 games, and his hitting streak to 12 games.

Loyola finished the season with a 17-9 record at Segnette Field.

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