Pilots Split Saturday's Doubleheader With Loyola
April 18, 2009
New Orleans, La. - The No. 17 Pilots and Loyola Wolfpack split a pair of games on Saturday with LSUS taking game one 11-1 and Loyola winning the second contest 10-8.
Game One - LSUS 11, Loyola 1
LSUS starter John James picked up his NAIA-leading 11th win of the season, while four different Pilots drove in two runs to lead the visitors to an 11-1 victory over Loyola-NO in game one of Saturday's doubleheader.
James threw four strong inning on the mound for the Pilots, scattering three hits and giving up just one run in the win.
Brandon Bravata reached base safely in all five plate appearances, finishing 2-for-2 with a double, two RBIs and three walks.
Craig Barnes, Chase Wentz and Kyle Lawrence also chipped in with two RBIs apiece, as LSUS won their sixth game in-a-row and fourth straight over the Wolfpack this season.
Game Two - Loyola 10, LSUS 8
Designated hitter David McChesney hit a walk-off grand slam with two outs to help Loyola pick up a split in Saturday's doubleheader with a 10-8 victory in game two.
The Wolfpack scored eight runs over the final two innings, including five in the bottom of the ninth with two outs to come from behind and knock off the No. 17 Pilots.
McChesney finished the game 3-for-5 with a game-high 5 RBIs and teammate Brooks McMinn had four hits in five trips to the dish to lead the Wolfpack.
LSUS' Brent Lavallee, a senior from North Delta, B.C., homered, doubled and drove in two runs for the Pilots in the loss. Lavallee now has 16 home runs on the year and 26 for his career, tying teammate Andrew Brouillette for the all-time LSUS career record for home runs.
LSUS starter Justin Ennis pitched seven strong innings before running into trouble in the eighth. He allowed five runs, three in the eighth, while giving up nine hits on the afternoon.
Andrew Laiche picked up the win for Loyola, while pilot reliever Richard Pharr was tagged with the loss.
LSUS (36-11, 24-6) is now two games behind William Carey in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference standings with just four more games remaining.