Privateers fall on Sunday, drop series at Lamar

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BEAUMONT, Texas – The New Orleans Privateers scored all of their runs with two outs but it wasn’t enough in a 6-4 loss to the Lamar Cardinals in the Southland regular season finale for the Privateers.

With four regular season games still remaining, UNO finished Southland play with a 23-17 mark.

Lamar scored a run in the first and another in the second to get to an early 2-0 lead. The Privateers got on the board in the fourth when Salo Iza delivered a two-out RBI single.

However, the Cardinals stormed back for three runs in the bottom of the inning. Three consecutive hits including a double started the frame. An RBI single by Cole Girouard and a run scoring fielder’s choice from Ben MacNaughton extended the Lamar lead to 5-1.

New Orleans threatened a comeback with a run in the fifth and two more in the sixth. Pearce Howard delivered the former and Darren Willis singled on a line drive to right with two strikes and two outs in the sixth.

The Privateers got the tying run to third in the eighth with one out but Lamar closer, Jack Dallas rebounded to strike out the next two batters. He then retired the side in order in the ninth for his 11th save of the season.

The Privateers finish their Southland slate with 69 points and a narrow one-point advantage over Abilene Christian. Following are Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (62), Southeastern (61), Northwestern State (60). McNeese is at 58 points in sixth place. The Privateers’ seed will land somewhere between one and five.

Josh Cerejo threw 2.2 scoreless innings and was on the mound during the Privateer rally. Iza went 2-for-4 with a double. Willis drove in a pair of runs while Kasten Furr and Gaige Howard each had a hit and a run.

The Privateers are back home for their 2021 Maestri Field finale against the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

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