February 23, 2019

Baseball Opens Weekend With Win

Friday: The Privateers began the weekend's Sugar Bowl Baseball Classic with a 16-8 comeback victory over Chicago State at Maestri Field

For the second Friday in a row, Mathew Oset pitched multiple shutdown innings in relief to give UNO a chance at a rally, but unlike last week against Michigan State, the home team capitalized with two big innings and won going away.

Pearce Howard continued his torrid start to 2019 with another three-hit, three RBI day, but newcomer junior Luther Woullard led the team with a 4-for-6 performance with three RBI of his own.

In the other game, Rutgers, UNO's Saturday opponent, beat Butler 3-2.

February 20, 2019

Privateers Bomb Southeastern

Bryson Robinson
With leading scorer Ezekiel Charles out for the season, the Privateers found other ways to score from long distance, draining 14 three-pointers in Wednesday night's 89-68 blowout over Southeastern Louisiana at Lakefront Arena.

Improbably, UNO (15-10, 10-4) shot 14-for-23 from deep in the lopsided victory, and 60% from the field overall.  Leading 44-31 at the half, they scored the first seven points of the second half to send the message that this game wasn't going to tighten up, and it quickly became a runaway.

Bryson Robinson led the way with 23 points and five threes, and Jorge Rosa added 18 on six threes.  Even Scott Plaisance drilled one and added 15 points overall.

UNO will head to McNeese on Saturday afternoon for its next game.

February 17, 2019

UNO Wins 2 of 3 From Michigan State

Jr RHP Chris Turpin pitched six
scoreless innings on Saturday
Sunday: UNO used five pitchers, starting with returnee Brayson Smith, to get through the Spartans on Sunday afternoon, winning the three-game series with a 6-4 decision at Maestri Field.

For the second straight day, the Privateers closed the game with relievers John Barr and Reeves Martin, with Barr getting credited with the win and Martin the save.

Pearce Howard again led the offensive effort with a three-hit day, going 3-for-4 with 2 RBI.

Saturday: Behind a stellar college debut from pitcher Chris Turpin, the Privateers evened their three-game season opening series against Michigan State with a 4-1 win.

Turpin threw six innings of shutout ball, surrendering just five hits and rare solid contact.  Returning relief ace John Barr struggled but got through two innings, and Reeves Martin pitched the ninth for the save.

Pearce Howard led the offensive attack for New Orleans with two hits, two walks, and an RBI.

Friday: It was a rough 2019 opener for the New Orleans Privateers baseball team, as they fell 8-4 to Michigan State at Maestri Field on Friday night.

In the first of a three-game set, the Spartans jumped on UNO freshman hurler Steven Swift for five early runs, three earned.  Then, junior Bailey Holstein surrendered two more and the Bucs were down 7-1 in the fourth.  One of the night's few bright spots was returning reliever Mathew Oset, who pitched four scoreless innings to keep UNO in the game, but the Privateers ultimately fell short.

Offensively, junior newcomer Salo Iza, playing second base, drilled the first homer of the season for New Orleans in the fifth.  Returning senior Collin Morrill led the team with two hits.

The Privateers and Spartans will play game two of the series tomorrow at Maestri Field at 1 p.m.

February 16, 2019

UNO Focuses, Fights Off TAMU-CC

Gerrale Gates beats the shot clock
buzzer with a three in the 2nd half
After a week to stew over a dumb home loss to Nicholls, the Privateers (14-10, 9-4) took out their frustration on Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, winning a chippy 68-58 game at Lakefront Arena Saturday afternoon.

Playing without leading scorer Ezekiel Charles, New Orleans got just enough offense to go with a tenacious defensive effort on the perimeter to avenge their earlier loss to the Islanders this season.  After surrendering 12 three-pointers to Nicholls last week, TAMU-CC could muster just a 2-for-14 effort against UNO.

The game got testy, and too close for comfort, after a Damion Rosser flagrant foul and ejection led to the score tightening late, but UNO held on.

Troy Green picked up some of the slack for Charles on the perimeter, scoring 13 points. Gerrale Gates led the way with 14, including several key free throws late.  Jahmel Myers added 9 points and 8 rebounds.

The Privateers will stay home and take on red-hot Southeastern Louisiana this Wednesday night on the lakefront.

February 09, 2019

Nicholls Shoots Down UNO

Bryson Robinson
drives to the goal
On a strange homecoming afternoon, Nicholls overrode an otherwise stifling UNO defense with 12 three pointers en route to a 64-63 squeaker over the Privateers on Homecoming day.

After Nicholls took a 32-25 advantage to the locker room, the second half was a back-and-forth tussle.  Trailing 61-60 with under a minute left, New Orleans went back ahead on a Scott Plaisance followup. Then, the Colonels missed a jumper with 16 seconds left, and Damion Rosser rebounded and hit one of two free throws.  But Nicholls' Danny Garrick, who the Privateers bizarrely refused to guard all afternoon, hit his fourth three to win it.

Plaisance and Gerrale Gates each had 15 to lead the effort for the Bucs.

New Orleans gets a week off before taking Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Lakefront Arena next Saturday.