Southern falls to UNO 23-3
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana – Dakota Dean, Hezekiah Randolph, and Preston Marsh all homered as the University of New Orleans baseball team (25-14) coasted to a 23-3 victory over the Southern Jaguars (12-25) on Tuesday at Lee-Hines Field. The run total was the highest in a game since 2008.
The Privateers fell behind 1-0 after the first inning, but quickly came back from that deficit with a six-run second. UNO collected six runs on seven hits including four doubles to establish a big lead early. Starter, Hunter Medine kept the Jaguars quiet and went five innings for the win, his second of the season.
"Hunter did what we needed him to do," said Coach Blake Dean. "He threw five innings and we ggot enough runs where we didn't have to run a lot of arms out there. He gave us a nice outing and got the win."
UNO continued to pile on in the third. Scott Crabtree racked up his second of two doubles on the night to put runners on second and third. Ryan Calloway followed with an RBI single. Calloway co-led the team in hits on the night with four along with Randolph and Marsh. The Privateers batted around three times and scored multiple runs in four innings.
The home run parade started in the fifth when Dean led off the inning with his fifth long ball of the year. An inning later, Randolph homered to deep left representing his third homer in the last week. Marsh also racked up a long ball in the seventh.
"In the first inning, we took some hesitant hacks, but we got the bat head out," said Dean. "Once the bleeding starts, everyone seems to just continue to pound and it became easier to hit and it got out of hand."
Zach Wilson and Myles Blunt pitched the sixth and seventh respectively. Wilson debuted a new arm angle and went through the Jaguars in order while recording two strikeouts and throwing 12 pitches. Blunt bounced back from a lead-off walk in the seventh to retire the side in order.
"Zach looked pretty good," said Dean. "We'll run him out there against Southern Miss and see if he can control the zone and see what those hitters look like when they see it, but he did a good job tonight."
Randolph and Aaron Palmer each collected four RBIs. Palmer extended his hitting streak to 13 games, the longest by a Privateer this season. Samuel Capielano went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, two doubles, and two runs. Crabtree was 3-for-6 with three runs scored and Marsh scored four times. Every Privateers starter collected a hit.
Southern was led by Robinson Mateo who collected two doubles, an RBI, and scored twice. Ashanti Wheatley went 1-for-2 with a run. Harold Myles took the loss, going three innings and surrendering 11 runs on 13 hits. Victor Ilarraza and arod Jarreau pitched two innings each.
The Privateers will next be in action on Wednesday when they host Southern Miss. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.