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.