February 19, 2017

Privateers Blast Prairie View To Start 3-0

Senior Sam Capielano
New Orleans (3-0) finished a three-game sweep of its Urban Youth Invitational games on opening weekend, routing Prairie View 14-0 on Sunday afternoon at Maestri Field.

Leading the Privateer offensive charge were four-year senior Sam Capielano and JUCO transfer Dakota Phillips, who each homered.  Hezekiah Randolph, Tristan Clarke, Orynn Veillon, and Owen Magee also contributed two hits each to UNO's 18-hit onslaught.

On the mound, Bryan Warzek got the start and pitched six shutout innings to collect his first win of the 2017 season.

February 18, 2017

UNO Pounds UCA, SFA Looms

#1 options: Erik Thomas stood out,
but Jordan Howard struggled
With four games left in the Southland Conference regular season, the Privateers (16-9, 11-3) still own first place after drubbing Central Arkansas at home this afternoon, 84-61.

Erik Thomas, as usual, led the way for New Orleans with 23 points, but UNO's guards also rained a barrage of threes on the Bears, hitting 14 out of 28 as a team from a variety of sources.  Christavious Gill had four, Jorge Rosa three, and Tevin Broyles and Nate Frye two each.  Thomas even swished one along with subs Bryson Robinson and Coleman Edwards.

The Privateers did a tremendous job once again on UCA star Jordan Howard, who was held to just 8 points.

With Sam Houston dropping a clunker at Incarnate Word today, UNO's main competition for the SLC regular season crown appears to be Stephen F. Austin, who just happens to be New Orleans' next opponent, They'll meet the Privateers this coming Thursday night at Lakefront Arena.

Privateers Rally to Beat UIC

Dakota Phillips delivered
a clutch hit in the 8th
The Privateer baseball team found itself down 5-1 to Illinois-Chicago in the bottom of the sixth, but a three-run sixth, then a four-run eighth, helped New Orleans (2-0) pull an 8-5 victory out of the fire at Maestri Field.

UNO starting pitcher Riley Hodge struggled with his control, but freshman Reeves Martin pitched three sparkling innings in relief, and then Jarred Taylor shut the door on the Flames in the ninth.

First baseman Dakota Phillips, who had struggled all day, delivered a sharp single to right in the eighth inning to put the Privateers ahead for the first time at 6-5.

New Orleans finishes its Urban Youth Invitational schedule tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Maestri Field against Prairie View.

February 17, 2017

UNO Wins Rain-Shortened Opener

The Privateers (1-0) still haven't allowed a run this season.

Shawn Semple fired six innings of two-hit shutout ball before the skies opened up in the middle of the sixth inning with New Orleans leading Southern, 5-0.  The game was called about 15 minutes later after a consistent deluge and no promise of a letup in the near future.

Newcomer Tristan Clarke led what might have become an offensive assault, going 2-for-3 with 2 RBI in his first Division I game.

February 11, 2017

Ugly But Huge Win in Hammond

Thomas led UNO with 20
Taking the floor in sole possession of first place in Southland Conference, the Privateers (15-9, 10-3) muscled out a huge win over Southeastern Louisiana in Hammond, 60-52.

Grabbing its second road win of the week, New Orleans got its usual effort from Erik Thomas, who led the way with 20 points. Christavious Gill added 16, with a couple of huge triples late to help UNO rally from five points down late in the contest. New Orleans shot just 33% from the field, but held the Lions to only 38%.  Southeastern also turned the ball over 23 times.

It was a game marred by multiple stoppages, most involving clock malfunctions but also several replays.

UNO gets a well-deserved week off before returning home to face Central Arkansas next Saturday night at Lakefront Arena.