April 26, 2016

Rebounding Privateers Win Seventh Straight

Hezekiah Randolph had four
hits and a home run on Tuesday
After a midseason slump that had them dropping near .500, the Privateers (25-15, 9-9) have rebounded with seven consecutive wins, the latest tonight over Southern by a 23-3 score in Baton Rouge.

Three different Privateers had four hits, and among those, Hezekiah Randolph and Preston Marsh homered in the onslaught.  Dakota Dean also blasted a round-tripper for UNO.

Over the weekend, New Orleans swept a road conference series at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to give them five straight conference wins immediately on the heels of eight straight conference losses.

It will be a big week at Maestri Field, with the Bucs hosting nationally ranked Southern Mississippi on Wednesday before taking on Central Arkansas in the weekend's conference series.  UNO and UCA will be two of the teams fighting for the last few spots in the Southland Conference baseball tournament.

April 10, 2016

McNeese Sweeps Sinking Privateers

Sam Capielano collected six
hits over the weekend
The Privateers (18-14, 4-8) lost their seventh consecutive conference game, getting ten-run-ruled at Maestri Field by McNeese on Sunday, 13-3.  This followed a 6-1 loss on Friday and a 7-3 loss on Saturday to the Cowboys. New Orleans has lost nine of its last 11 overall.

On Friday, the Bucs were shut down by McNeese ace Kaleb Fontenot to lose the opener.  On Saturday, the UNO offensive struggles continued as they left 12 on base, notching 13 hits but just one extra base hit in the 7-3 defeat.  On Sunday, Privateer pitching (starter Brian Warzek and reliever Daniel Martinez) surrendered six runs in the top of the first en route to the blowout eight-inning loss.

New Orleans will play a non-conference tilt with Louisiana-Lafayette on Wednesday at Maestri Field before returning to home conference action on Friday night against the Northwestern State Demons.

March 13, 2016

Privateers Finish Big Four-Win Week

Boyer's homer put UNO
ahead for good in Sunday's
first game
This week provided the upstart Privateers (13-3, 2-1) with their toughest tests of the season, and New Orleans responded with four wins in five games at Maestri Field, including a comeback win over Tulane and a series victory over Sam Houston State.

UNO won their first two Southland contests of the year over the Bearkats, as Sam Capielano delivered a walkoff single in Saturday night's 4-3 victory and Chaz Boyer blasted a go-ahead three-run homer in game one of Sunday's doubleheader. The Privateers hung on for a 7-6 win in that one, before falling 8-4 in the second game.

Capielano's single won Saturday night's contest
Earlier in the week, the Bucs rallied from a 7-1 deficit against Tulane, with Aaron Palmer notching a game-tying hit in the bottom of the ninth before the winning run came home on an errant throw from the outfield, completing the 10-9 triumph. On Tuesday, the Privateers battered outmatched Southern by a 14-4 score.

UNO will head to Baton Rouge to take on LSU on Wednesday night.

March 09, 2016

Another 3-pt Barrage Ends UNO Season

Junior guard Nate Frye
After surrendering 13 three pointers to the Southeastern Louisiana Lions in a loss in Hammond, the Privateers gave up another 12 this evening in their first round Southland tournament loss in Katy, Texas. UNO fell, 84-74.

The Lions shot 12-for-25 from long range, countering New Orleans' offensively potent first half. UNO drained eight threes of their own in the first stanza but trailed 49-42 at the break.  After a quick start to the second half for the Privateers, the Lions hit a run of their own and never looked back.

Nate Frye had one of his best offensive efforts of the season, notching 21 points and 5 assists with just 2 turnovers. Christavious Gill added 18. Kevin Hill completed his solid UNO career with 10 points and 8 rebounds.

New Orleans finished the year 10-20.

March 06, 2016

UNO Sweeps Pitt Ahead of Big Week

Aaron Palmer had four hits and
four RBI in Friday night's win
The Privateers (9-2) notched their third consecutive weekend sweep, this time blasting the error-prone Pitt Panthers of the ACC by scores of 12-5, 13-6, and 8-5 at Maestri Field.

UNO got strong starts on the mound from Shawn Semple and Riley Hodge once again, and Daniel Martinez got out of a bases-loaded jam on Sunday to help preserve that three-run victory.

New Orleans will face a stern test this week, with non-conference tuneups against Southern and Tulane before the Southland Conference opening series at Maestri Field over the weekend against perennial league power Sam Houston.