UNO Baseball Still Searching for First Win
After a shaky start to their season, the University of New Orleans baseball team has still been unable to get on the right track.
The Privateers are still searching for their first win of the season after being swept in a road series against the South Alabama Jaguars over the weekend and dropping a game against the Tulane Green Wave Wednesday.
The first game of the South Alabama series got off to a promising start. The Privateers jumped out to an early 3-1 lead after the first 1.5 innings. But it was all downhill from there. South Alabama turned in five runs in their half of the second inning to take a 6-3 lead and never looked back. The Jaguars continued to pour it on afterwards, powering their way to a 29-6 rout. Surprisingly, there were no home runs in the game.
The game scheduled for February 23 was postponed, setting up a double header the next day. South Alabama picked up a win in the first game, scoring four runs and holding UNO to only one run on just five hits.
UNO held South Alabama scoreless through the first three innings of the rubber game of the series and maintained a 2-1 lead into the fifth inning. However, the Jaguars were able to break through in the bottom of the fifth, scoring three runs to go up 4-2 and then tacking on another insurance run in the sixth to go up 5-2. The Privateers were unable to mount a comeback despite registering for hits than South Alabama. UNO left 11 men on base in the last game of the series.
In their one-game series against Tulane, UNO jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the second inning. However, their lead was short-lived. Tulane plated four runs in their half of the second to take the lead 4-3. Tulane would add on one more run in the seventh inning while shutting out UNO the rest of the way, holding on for a 5-3 victory.
Through the first nine games of the season, freshman outfielder Chaz Boyer has enjoyed a solid start. Boyer is batting a robust .308 with a home run and leads the team in total bases. Boyer is also slugging a team-best .478. First baseman/left fielder Zachary Hawkins is also off to a good start, batting .297 and leading UNO in RBIs.
The Privateers will next travel to Conway, Arkansas to play two games against the Central Arkansas Bears and one game against the Wichita State Shockers before heading to Lake Charles for a three game series against the McNeese State Cowboys. The will return home March 12 for a three game series against the Alcorn State Braves, and then sent out for another long road stand.