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.