May 20, 2017

Sugar Land Bound: UNO Sweeps NWST

Veillon homered three times on Friday
Needing a road sweep to realistically have a shot at qualifying for the Southland Conference baseball tournament next week in Sugar Land, Texas, the Privateers (28-26-1, 16-14) came through, taking all three games at Northwestern State.

Coupled with Nicholls dropping two of three at Central Arkansas, New Orleans will participate in the tournament next week.  Their seed is still to be determined.

After riding a solid pitching performance from Shawn Semple to take Thursday's game by an 8-1 count, UNO got a similar effort from Bryan Warzek in Friday's game 1 to win 12-2.  The Bucs were only threatened in game 2 on Friday, clinging to a 4-3 lead in the ninth before Orynn Veillon homered for the third time in the series to give UNO its eventual 6-3 cushion.

The Southland Conference tournament begins on Wednesday, with games beginning at 9 a.m.  The entire tournament will be carried on ESPN3.

May 15, 2017

Nicholls Takes 2 of 3

With one week remaining in the Southland Conference baseball regular season, the Privateers (25-25-1, 13-14) are on the outside looking in.

With the top eight teams qualifying for the league tournament, New Orleans sits at ninth, having just lost two of three to Nicholls, who has moved just ahead of them in the standings and now owns the tiebreaker.

Veillon had a double and two
triples in Friday night's win
On Friday night, UNO rode another strong outing from Shawn Semple and three extra-base hits from Orynn Veillon to a 6-2 victory in Thibodaux.  With a tenuous Sunday pitching situation, the Privateers needed to secure their final home game of the season on Saturday, but the Colonels' Mike Hanchar threw a complete game shutout, overcoming Bryan Warzek's typical strong outing in a 3-0 decision.

Coming into the final game of the series only 1-7 in Sunday conference games, New Orleans battled all the way back from a 7-1 eighth inning deficit, notching three in the eighth and three in the ninth to tie. But Jarred Taylor's wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth allowed the winning run to score.

UNO will travel to Northwestern State (20-30, 10-17) needing wins and help in order to qualify for the conference tournament.  First, they will travel to Tulane on Tuesday night for the final non-conference game of the season.

May 07, 2017

UNO wins 2 of 3 from Houston Baptist

Two Hezbombs this weekend
Once again, the Privateers (24-23-1, 12-12) were able to ride strong pitching efforts from Shawn Semple and Bryan Warzek on Friday and Saturday, only to come up short on Sunday for a two-out-of-three series win.

This time, it was the offense that fell short on Sunday, as New Orleans could not capitalize on Riley Hodge's best effort of the season in a 4-1 loss.  Hodge surrendered just one run in 6 2/3 innings.

However, on Friday, Shawn Semple fell one out short of a complete game shutout but did throw 149 pitches to complete a brilliant outing, striking out 15 in a 3-1 triumph. Hezekiah Randolph homered to lead the offense.

Warzek followed Semple's sparkling
Friday start with another gem on Saturday
On Saturday, Bryan Warzek went eight quality innings in an 8-3 Privateer win, bolstered by Randolph again blasting a homer, this time a three-run shot over the left field wall.  Randolph is now tied with Orynn Veillon and Tristan Clarke for the team lead with 9.

New Orleans next faces Nicholls in Thibodaux on Friday and Sunday, and will play the Colonels on Saturday night at 6 p.m. in their Maestri Field finale. UNO is in a dogfight with Nicholls, among others, for the seventh and eighth spots in the upcoming Southland Conference tournament.  Only the top eight qualify.

May 02, 2017

UNO Wins Just 3 on Lengthy Road Trip

After blowing a ninth-inning lead at Maestri Field on April 11 to South Alabama, the Privateers set out to jump-start their season on an 11-game road trip, but won just three of those games away from home.

Veillon's five homers on the
road trip led New Orleans
It was a challenging trip beginning with three-game swings at conference leader McNeese State, then a three-game non-conference tilt at Texas.  New Orleans was unable to salvage any of those games, blowing a 6-0 lead at McNeese and dropping two one-run contests to the Longhorns along the way.

After poor weather forced a midweek tie at Jackson State in another game UNO led late, the Bucs secured wins on Friday and Saturday at Incarnate Word before their pitching broke down again on Sunday in a 10-9 slugfest loss after leading 8-3.  Finally, New Orleans drubbed Grambling 10-1 on Tuesday night in a neutral site game in Biloxi.

Orynn Veillon led UNO's offensive effort with five homers on the road trip.  The Privateers (22-22-1, 10-11) sit in eighth place in the Southland and return home this Friday night for a critical series against third-place Houston Baptist.

April 09, 2017

Privateer Heat: UNO Wins Series over Lamar

Bryan Warzek gets congrats after
Saturday's complete game shutout
There is a significant drop off between the top two Privateer starters and the rest, and it was not more clearly evident than this weekend. Shawn Semple and Bryan Warzek engineered two shutouts on Friday and Saturday, but New Orleans fell behind big early and never recovered in a blowout loss on Sunday.

Semple's eight shutout innings (nine strikeouts) plus Reeves Martin's spotless inning of relief was enough for UNO to eke out a 2-0 win on Friday night.  Sam Capielano delivered an RBI triple in the third inning to provide the first run, and as it turned out, the only run UNO would need.

On Saturday, Bryan Warzek tossed a complete game shutout, surrendering just five hits on the afternoon.  Ninth-place hitter Orynn Veillon supplied plenty of offense as well, blasting a three-run homer in the second inning as well as a double later on, and the Privateers won 6-0.

On Sunday, New Orleans coach Blake Dean gave freshman Christopher DeMayo a shot at the Sunday starting role, but DeMayo lasted just two innings while surrendering four runs, and UNO went on to a 9-1 loss.

Next up, the Bucs (19-14, 8-7) will play their last home game before an 11-game road trip, hosting South Alabama on Tuesday night.