Loyola sweeps Xavier in baseball doubleheader

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Photo by Yamlak Tsega / XULA Athletics

WESTWEGO, La. — Xavier University of Louisiana got strong performances Saturday from game-one starting pitcher Blair Frederick and left fielder Courtland Posey, but Loyola swept a doubleheader in the first-ever baseball games between the city rivals.

Loyola won the opener 2-1 and the second game 10-4.

The teams will complete their three-game series in a 1 p.m. Sunday matchup at Segnette Field — Loyola’s home facility — on the West Bank of metro New Orleans.

Frederick survived first-inning control problems, carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning and struck out eight in his first complete game of the season. Posey, 1-for-6 in XULA’s three-game sweep at Stillman the previous weekend, led the offense this time by going 5-for-6 with a pair of doubles and three runs. Posey went 3-for-3 in the first game.

XULA (4-3) outhit Loyola 15-10 over two games, but the Wolf Pack (10-7) produced 17 additional runners via walks and hit batters, 10 more than XULA.

Frederick walked the bases loaded in the first inning, then hit Kason Cullins with a 3-2 pitch to force home leadoff batter Tucker Ganley.

XULA tied the score in the fourth after Posey led off with a double, went to third base on a wild pitch and came home on a fielder’s choice grounder by Brad Jenkins.

Loyola broke the tie in the fifth when Ganley singled, Payton Alexander walked and Michael Calamari hit a run-scoring single with one out.

XULA stranded 10 runners in the opener, three in the second inning. Tristan Rodriguez was on third base in the seventh when Matthew Champagne, who earned a save, struck out Jose Fulgencio to end the game.

Jacob Coleman, the third of four Loyola pitchers in the opener, earned the victory.

In the second game XULA scored twice in the fourth inning and twice in the sixth, but the Wolf Pack scored four in the first, then six in the fifth — the most runs XULA allowed in an inning this season, its first of intercollegiate baseball since 1960.

XULA cut its second-game deficit to 4-2 in the fourth when Frederick singled home Posey, and Dillon Cousin scored on a Brenden Taravella balk. But Loyola pulled away in the fifth despite only one hit in that inning.

Cousin, like Posey, reached base five times in the doubleheader — two singles and three walks.

XULA was 8-of-8 in stolen bases in the two games. Co Co Simoneaux swiped four.

The sweep was Loyola’s fourth of the season.

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