UNO opens weekend series with 10-3 win over Brown

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Issac Williams
(Photo: Shane Banegas)

NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Privateers continued their winning ways as they overcame an early deficit quickly and pulled away to a 10-3 win over the Brown Bears on Friday evening at Maestri Field.

Tyler LeBlanc earned his first win of the season after he struck out eight in five innings and allowed two runs. Tobey McDonough was tagged with the loss after allowing seven runs (three earned) in four innings.

The Privateers overcame a 2-0 hole after an inning and a half with a clutch hit from Issac Williams. After New Orleans (5-4) loaded the bases with no outs, McDonough struck out the next two batters. That’s when Williams came up and laced a 3-2 pitch into the gap in left-center to score three runs and give New Orleans the lead.

New Orleans never looked back from there. While they held Brown scoreless over the next five innings, the Privateers continued to work on extending their newfound lead. Jeissy De La Cruz roped a double to right that scored two runs in the third inning.

The inning that put the game out of the reach came in the fifth. New Orleans sent all nine men to the plate and scored four runs. Williams capped off the scoring when he drove in his fourth run of the night. It was his third game of four or more RBI as a Privateer.

Maika Niu came into the game as a pinch hitter and drove in his first run in a collegiate uniform in the eighth. His double that one-hopped the fence scored Miguel Useche to put the Privateers into double figures.

The pitching staff recorded 12 strikeouts on the night. Caleb Seroski struck out three over two scoreless innings in his first outing since the season opener.

Williams went 2-for-4 with four RBI. Tristan Moore scored three runs and walked twice. Mitchell Sanford went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Useche had a hit and two runs scored. Connor Macip finished the game by notching the last four outs in just six pitches.

Nathan Brasher went 1-for-3 with a triple, an RBI and a run for the Bears. Gunner Boree went 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI.

The Privateers continue the series on Saturday at 2 p.m.

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