April 12, 2018

Privateers Finish 8-2 Road Trip With Win

Pearce Howard's two-run single won
Sunday's nightcap at Lamar in the 12th
The Privateer baseball team left for its 10-day road trip on the verge of falling off a cliff, and returned in the thick of the race to qualify for the Southland Conference tournament.

New Orleans continued its odyssey this past weekend in Beaumont, claiming two out of three games at last-place Lamar, with the only Cardinal victory somehow coming over UNO superstar hurler Bryan Warzek, who was uncharacteristically wild in walking six in just four innings of work.

The Privateers, however, came up with 21 innings of superb work from the rest of the staff in a Sunday doubleheader sweep of Lamar, allowing just two runs for the entire day.  UNO won the first game 6-2, and the nightcap 2-0 in 12 innings.

On Tuesday, if the baseball gods had a truly wicked sense of humor, they would have taken advantage of a third straight close UNO-Tulane contest by gifting the Bucs a third consecutive win via wild pitch.  But in reality, the Green Wave took this round on a walkoff double, claiming a 4-3 victory over the Pelican Cup champs.

Finally, on Wednesday, New Orleans rallied past Southern in Baton Rouge, 7-5. Collin Morrill had three hits, and Devin Morrill and Beau Bratton added two apiece to fuel the Privateer offense, while the pitching staff struck out 17 Jaguars.

UNO returns home 17-17 overall and 7-8 in the Southland Conference, placing them in eighth place (eight teams qualify for the tournament).  A big series awaits back at Maestri Field against McNeese beginning Friday night at 6:30 p.m.

April 03, 2018

Privateers Halfway to Perfect Road Trip

The Privateers left Maestri Field last Sunday with a 9-15 overall record and a 2-7 league record, facing a 10-game road trip that threatened to completely unravel their season.

After claiming the Pelican Cup at Tulane this evening, the Privateers are now 5-0 on that road trip, with a conference series looming at cellar-dwelling 6-22 Lamar this weekend.

Bryan Warzek fanned 16
in Saturday's win
For the second time in two games against the Wave, the Privateers won on a wild pitch in the ninth inning. This time, it was a lower scoring affair that ended 3-2 in favor of the silver and blue.

The road trip began with a quality 8-2 victory in Mobile over a solid South Alabama team. It continued in Corpus Christi over the weekend, where UNO took the first game 13-8, the second game 2-0, and rallied from three runs down to complete the sweep, 6-5.  The highlight of the series was Bryan Warzek's dominant 8-inning, 16-strikeout performance in the middle game.

Now the Bucs head to Beaumont with another sweep on their minds against last-place Lamar.  The road trip will conclude after that with another midweek game uptown against Tulane and a game in Baton Rouge at Southern.

March 25, 2018

UCA Sweeps Series at Maestri Field

A rough week for Privateer baseball concluded with a three-game sweep at the hands of Central Arkansas over the weekend at Maestri Field.

Discussion forum series thread

Josh Somdecerff homered
twice in the series
On Friday night, New Orleans got another fine outing from Bryan Warzek, as the junior southpaw threw 7 innings, allowing just 2 runs and striking out 10.  However, his team fell to 0-3 in conference games that he starts, as the UNO offense could only muster 2 runs on 10 hits, and the Privateers fell in 10 innings, 4-2.

On Saturday, the Privateer pitching staff was blitzed from the outset, as starter John Michael Stephens only lasted 1 1/3 innings, and his relievers didn't fare much better.  By the end of the day, UCA's output totaled 22 hits and 16 runs, and despite homers from Owen Magee, Collin Morrill, and Kenneth Yetter, UNO was never really in this one, dropping a 16-7 decision.

Cody Davenport took a no-hitter
into the 7th inning on Sunday
On Sunday, the Bears' Cody Davenport tossed a complete game. Despite a New Orleans rally netting a run each in the eighth and the ninth innings, Davenport finished what he started, and UCA prevailed again 5-3.

The week began with a Tuesday morning matchup at nationally ranked Ole Miss, a game UNO lost 9-4.

The Privateers (9-15, 2-7) now embark on a 10-game road trip beginning Tuesday night at South Alabama and continuing with a road conference series (Thursday through Saturday) at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

March 19, 2018

Campbell Beats the Buzzer, Beats UNO

Zeke Charles, who returns
in 2018-19, led UNO in
scoring Monday at Campbell
The Privateer basketball season is really over this time, after losing a late lead and falling 71-69 at Campbell in the CBI quarterfinals.

New Orleans (16-17), which led 44-34 in the second half, surrendered the lead to the Camels but regained it shortly after, going up 63-60 on a late Tyren Harrison putback before Campbell hit a 6-0 run.  Then, Harrison's old fashioned three-point play off another offensive board tied the game with 52 seconds left.

That set the stage for the frantic finish.  The Camels' all-everything guard Chris Clemons swished a roughly 30-footer with 20 seconds left.  After a timeout, UNO's Zeke Charles stepped back and swished his own three, his fifth of the game, to tie it with 7 seconds left.  Then, some shaky Privateer defense gave Cory Gensler a clean look from about 17 feet, and he banged it home for the last-second victory.

Clemons led all scorers with 35 for Campbell.  Charles had a fantastic effort for UNO with 19.  Scott Plaisance and Troy Green added 11, and Makur Puou closed his college career with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

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More Late-Inning Woes for UNO

Spotty pitching all weekend doomed the Privateers (9-11, 2-4) to a 1-2 conference weekend at Abilene Christian.  New Orleans led in all three games.

On Friday, a workmanlike effort from Bryan Warzek got New Orleans a lead, but up 6-5 in the bottom of the ninth, relievers Mathew Oset and Christopher DeMayo were unable to record an out, and a bases-loaded walk-off double sent the Wildcats home happy.  Jay Robinson led the offensive effort with a 3-for-3 night with two doubles.

Owen Magee's three doubles
led the Privateers on Sunday
On Saturday, a three-run fifth by ACU wiped out the Bucs' 2-1 lead, and they held on for a 6-5 victory. Orynn Veillon, playing his first conference series after returning from a preseason injury, collected three hits.  Starter Reeves Martin allowed 4 runs in just 4 innings.

On Sunday, Owen Magee's three doubles and Cody Ducote's home run led UNO's offensive onslaught in a 14-10 victory. Starter John Michael Stephens lasted just 2 innings, and the Privateer pitching staff gave up 17 hits, but the Privateers' 20 hit barrage overcame it.  Beau Bratton, Collin Morrill, and Robinson also laced three hits apiece.

New Orleans has an 11 a.m. battle at Ole Miss coming up on Tuesday, and will be back at Maestri Field for a conference series against Central Arkansas over the weekend.