Loyola completes sweep of Stillman for sixth straight SSAC win
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Loyola Wolf Pack baseball team completed their second straight sweep of Southern States Athletic Conference competition on Friday, taking down Stillman College in dominant fashion, 26-5.
Loyola is now 25-17 overall, but more importantly, it’s now 12-6 in league action and sits in second place in front of William Carey, Brewton-Parker and Mobile. The Pack now has two series left against conference opponents, hosting Talladega next weekend before ending the regular season at BPC.
Before the Pack hosts Talladega this weekend, they’ll play two midweek games against Xavier and Spring Hill College, both away from Segnette Field. Their matchup with Xavier is set for a 5 p.m. start at Wesley Barrow Stadium on Tuesday and then a trip to Mobile awaits for a 5 p.m. game against Spring Hill on Wednesday.
Loyola’s SSAC series with Talladega will begin on Friday at noon with one game at John Ryan Stadium before a doubleheader slated for Saturday at Mike Miley Field starting at noon.
Loyola came out of the gates hot with 10 runs through the first two innings. The three-run first inning started when Kason Cullins walked to begin the game. Allen Dennis doubled two batters later to put two on base with one out, then a double by Luke Clement made it a 2-0 lead. Clement later scored on a wild pitch, 3-0.
After the Tigers got one run back in the bottom half, the Wolf Pack put a seven-spot on the board in the top of the second. Gabriel Trastoy was the first to reach base in the frame, although Stillman did get two quick outs before the Loyola rally. With one out to play with, Cullins and Payton Alexander walked to load the bases, and Dennis brought the first two runs home when he reached on an infield error, 5-1. Three walks and a wild pitch made it a 7-1 lead, and Tucker Ganley and Trastoy hit back-to-back singles to push the lead to 10-1.
The scoring frenzy continued in the third inning, and after Stillman scored three runs in the bottom of the second, Loyola pushed three more across in the top of the third. Cullins drew his third walk of the game to leadoff, and singles by Clement, Garrett Beadle and Ganley, as well as a walk for Christopher Bohrer, made the score 13-4 in Loyola’s favor.
The biggest damage came in the fourth, though. The Wolf Pack scored nine more runs off eight hits and one error to take the commanding 22-4 lead. Alexander picked up the first RBI, then Bohrer, Beadle and Ganley hit consecutive singles later in the game to plate three more runs, 18-4. Davis made it a 19-4 game walk, and Cullins scored two more with a single up the middle, 21-4. Clement’s single three at-bats later ended the scoring, 22-4.
Loyola added two more runs in each the fifth and sixth innings to finish off the scoring.
Loyola’s 26 runs are the most allowed by Stillman all season.
The 26-5 win is the largest margin of victory for the team since a 24-0 win over Rust College in the 2020 season.
The last time the Wolf Pack scored at least 26 runs in a game was a 31-4 victory over the College of St. Joseph on Feb. 18, 2015.
Loyola batters combined for 24 total hits from 12 different players. Even further back in the official records, the last time the Pack had at least 24 hits in a game was Jan. 25, 2013, in a 39-0 shutout of Rust College.
Seven different players had multi-hit games on Friday: Garrett Beadle, Payton Alexander, Allen Dennis, Tucker Ganley, Kason Cullins, Luke Clement, and Christopher Bohrer.
Also, two Wolf Pack pitchers recorded their first career hits: Wes Anderson and Matthew Bratton.
Dennis continues to climb Loyola’s records. After a three-hit game on Friday, he’s now second in career hits in program history with 228.
Bohrer hit his fourth home run of the season in the top of the sixth inning. After entering April with only one home run, he’s hit three homers in the last week.
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