March 10, 2018

UNO Salvages One in Hammond

After a disappointing Friday night loss at Southeastern Louisiana, the Privateers (7-9, 1-2) split a doubleheader in Hammond on Saturday night to win one of three in the opening Southland Conference series.

On Friday, New Orleans headed to the bottom of the ninth leading 6-5, but with two outs and nobody on, Southeastern's Bryce Steckler doubled. With Steckler attempting to steal third, UNO catcher Beau Bratton's throwing error resulted in a tie game.  In the tenth, with a runner on third, Privateer reliever John Barr's wild pitch ended the game at 7-6 in favor of the Lions.

Pearce Howard hit his first
college home run on Saturday
The Saturday doubeheader was played due to fears of inclement weather affecting the game scheduled for Maestri Field on Sunday afternoon.  SLU took game one, 3-1, on the strength of another superb pitching performance from Carlisle Koestler, who already owns wins over ULL and LSU this season.

In the nightcap, though, UNO got its own stellar pitching effort from lefty John Michael Stevens, who allowed just three hits and one run over seven innings.  Mathew Oset pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Stevens, and freshman Pearce Howard drilled his first collegiate home run in the winning 8-1 effort.

The Privateers return home for a Tuesday night contest against Southern.