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.

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.

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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