March 22, 2017

Privateers Drop Two Midweek Contests

New Orleans' struggle in midweek contests against teams not named LSU continued this week, as they dropped a Tuesday contest at Missouri State by a 7-2 score and a Wednesday game at Arkansas, 5-2.

The Privateers (13-9) remain in the region for a weekend Southland Conference series at Central Arkansas beginning on Friday.

March 17, 2017

Back on Track: UNO Sweeps Abilene

After a miserable opening Southland weekend, New Orleans (13-7, 3-3) bounced back by sweeping Abilene Christian at Maestri Field after besting LSU for a second time on Wednesday night.

On Friday, UNO's Shawn Semple recovered from a rough start to throw a solid outing, as his offense gave him the support for an 8-6 victory over Abilene Christian.

Veillon went 7-for-12 in the series
Orynn Veillon led a balanced offensive attack for New Orleans, going 2-for-3 with a double and two stolen bases.  Owen Magee and Jay Robinson also had two hits each, and also had 2 RBI each.  And after surrendering four runs in the second, Semple threw five more innings, all goose eggs, for a seven-inning, 10-strikeout performance.

On Saturday, UNO used another solid seven-inning pitching effort from Bryan Warzek on their way to a 12-6 victory over the Wildcats.  Veillon again was a factor, smashing three hits, including two doubles, with 2 RBI to lead the way. Jay Robinson also contributed three hits, and Dakota Dean had a single, a triple, and a walk.

On Sunday, New Orleans fell behind 7-0 early, and still trailing 8-3 heading to the bottom of the seventh, the Privateers posted a six-spot culminating in a game-tying bases-clearing double by Owen Magee, then a go-ahead sacrifice fly by Chase Crump to give UNO the eventual 9-8 winning margin.  After hurlers Riley Hodge and Rafael Martinez got touched up early, quality bullpen work by Connor Kaucic, Matt Gillis, and William Griffin enabled the comeback.

March 16, 2017

UNO Beats LSU in 15 Innings For Sweep

Magee's two hits drove in runs
in the 11th and 15th innings
In the UNO athletics community, it's been a week full of "first time since 1990-something" statements, and the baseball team was apparently feeling left out.

So, in a 15-inning marathon that included 14 1/3 innings of bullpen work, the Privateers (10-7) snapped a four-game losing streak by sweeping LSU for the first time since 1997, winning 7-4 in Baton Rouge.

After breaking through with a run in the 11th via an Owen Magee RBI double and having it answered by the Tigers in the bottom of the frame, the Privateers put up a three-spot in the 15th via a John Cable RBI groundout plus an error on the throw home, another Magee single, and a bases-loaded walk to finally finish LSU off.

After starting pitcher Christopher DeMayo surrendered a three-run bomb in the bottom of the first to Jake Slaughter and was lifted, UNO got 14 1/3 innings of one-run baseball from relievers Reeves Martin, Matthew Gillis, William Griffin, Jarred Taylor, Connor Kaucic, and John Michael Stevens, who finished the game with 3 2/3 innings of scoreless, walkless baseball.

The Privateers return home to Maestri Field hoping to recover from the opening weekend sweep at the hands of Southeastern Louisiana, hosting Abilene Christian for a three-game series.

March 14, 2017

Mount St. Mary's Eliminates UNO

It was an excellent basketball game to kick off the 2017 NCAA Tournament, but the result was disappointment for the New Orleans Privateers, who fell 67-66 to Mount St. Mary's.

The conventional wisdom was that UNO needed to control the glass and limit turnovers in order to gain a victory in its First Four game against the Mountaineers.  The Privateers won the boards 31-22, committed fewer turnovers, and had more steals than its Northeast Conference opponent, and yet a blistering 10-for-19 three-point shooting night from MSMU was just barely enough to sneak them past New Orleans.  Comparatively, UNO was 1-for-9 from beyond the arc.

Erik Thomas, the Southland Player of the Year, carried UNO through a rough first half, keeping them within striking distance by scoring 12 of their 29 points. However, he was scoreless in the second half, as Nate Frye kept New Orleans close down the stretch. He led the Privateers for the night with 18 points.

UNO concludes its memorable season with a 20-12 record, as Mount St. Mary's moves on to challenge defending national champion Villanova on Thursday night.

March 13, 2017

PI Podcast #26: NCAA Tournament Preview

In this edition of the Privateer Island podcast, we discuss everything lilacs, including growth tips and one incredibly hot take on pruning strategies.

No, just kidding, it's all about the Southland tournament and UNO winning it and the whole first-NCAA-berth-in-21-years thing, with a look at first round opponent Mount St. Mary's and the potential next matchup against (gulp) defending national champion Villanova and beyond.  We don't even mention lilacs once, actually.

To listen, go to our Podcast page or get the direct download here.