March 16, 2015

Privateers Win First SLC Series

The Privateers (8-11, 2-4) won their first baseball conference series since joining the league in 2013-14, taking two games out of three from Stephen F. Austin at Maestri Field over the weekend.

On Friday night, New Orleans rallied from a 2-0 deficit, pulling out a three-run eighth for the 3-2 victory. Pitching in relief of an unusually wild (6 walks) but still somewhat effective Shawn Semple, Seth Laigast and Darron McKigney were each very effective, keeping the game in range for the late comeback.

On Saturday, SFA's Dillon Mangham, who entered the game with a 7.71 ERA, tossed a complete game four-hit shutout, baffling a Privateer team that made little solid contact throughout the afternoon.

On Sunday, entering the sixth inning, New Orleans had accumulated only five runs in 23 innings against a suspect Lumberjack pitching staff. They beat that total in the sixth inning alone, turning a 3-2 deficit into an 8-3 lead that held up for the remainder of the game. After SFA scored three runs in the top of the first, Jordan Priddle relieved Daniel Martinez for UNO and threw six masterful shutout innings to earn the victory.