February 17, 2019

UNO Wins 2 of 3 From Michigan State

Jr RHP Chris Turpin pitched six
scoreless innings on Saturday
Sunday: UNO used five pitchers, starting with returnee Brayson Smith, to get through the Spartans on Sunday afternoon, winning the three-game series with a 6-4 decision at Maestri Field.

For the second straight day, the Privateers closed the game with relievers John Barr and Reeves Martin, with Barr getting credited with the win and Martin the save.

Pearce Howard again led the offensive effort with a three-hit day, going 3-for-4 with 2 RBI.

Saturday: Behind a stellar college debut from pitcher Chris Turpin, the Privateers evened their three-game season opening series against Michigan State with a 4-1 win.

Turpin threw six innings of shutout ball, surrendering just five hits and rare solid contact.  Returning relief ace John Barr struggled but got through two innings, and Reeves Martin pitched the ninth for the save.

Pearce Howard led the offensive attack for New Orleans with two hits, two walks, and an RBI.

Friday: It was a rough 2019 opener for the New Orleans Privateers baseball team, as they fell 8-4 to Michigan State at Maestri Field on Friday night.

In the first of a three-game set, the Spartans jumped on UNO freshman hurler Steven Swift for five early runs, three earned.  Then, junior Bailey Holstein surrendered two more and the Bucs were down 7-1 in the fourth.  One of the night's few bright spots was returning reliever Mathew Oset, who pitched four scoreless innings to keep UNO in the game, but the Privateers ultimately fell short.

Offensively, junior newcomer Salo Iza, playing second base, drilled the first homer of the season for New Orleans in the fifth.  Returning senior Collin Morrill led the team with two hits.

The Privateers and Spartans will play game two of the series tomorrow at Maestri Field at 1 p.m.