Willis continues hot start in UNO setback to Jackson State

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Darren Willis is now hitting .429 on the season

NEW ORLEANS – Darren Willis continued his hot streak at the plate but the University of New Orleans (2-2) could not dig its way out of a hole against Jackson State (1-0) in the 4-2 loss Tuesday evening at Maestri Field.

Offensively, the Privateers were led by Willis, who saw his batting average eclipse the .500 mark after going 2-4 at the plate.

Tigers hurler Kevin Perez earned his first win of the season, tossing 5.0 innings of two-run ball. Eric Orze (0-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing three runs (two earned) in 3.0 innings. Jose Tirado was credited with a six-out save. Kyle Arjona was outstanding out of the ‘pen with three shutout innings and five punchouts.

HOW IT HAPPENED
Jackson State took a 4-0 lead with a run in the second, two in the third and a run in the fifth. New Orleans put two runs on the board in the fifth to cut the deficit after Willis, who led off with a single, scored and Kenny Yetter crossed the plate on Cody Ductote’s infield single.

WHAT’S NEXT
The Privateers head to nationally ranked LSU Wednesday night at Alex Box Stadium. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.

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