NEW ORLEANS, La. – The New Orleans Privateers baseball team (4-12, 0-3 Southland) faltered late in a 7-2 loss to the No. 18 Sam Houston State Bearkats (16-4, 3-0) in the final game of the opening series at Maestri Field at First NBC Ballpark on Saturday evening.
New Orleans was tied 1-1 into the seventh when starter Nick Halliday allowed a lead-off double to Carter Burgess. Head Coach Ron Maestri went to the bullpen for Seth Laigast. The next two batters looked to bunt, and both reached base. Jake MacWilliam wound up aboard on a single, and Shea Pierce reached on an error to load the bases with no outs.
Two batters later, Colt Atwood flipped a single into left center to push the Bearkats ahead 3-1. Sam Houston State added four runs in the ninth to put the game well out of reach and complete the sweep.
"We've got a long way to go and this club is very good. They've got good pitching and they get key hits, but we've got to make adjustments. The pitching was good enough today, but we let it get away late in both games," said Maestri.
The Privateers struck first with a run in the third inning. After Chaz Boyer hit a single, he stole second and set up a Samuel Capielano infield single. Boyer hustled home and put the Privateers up 1-0. Sam Houston State tied it back up on an RBI single by Burgess in the fourth.
"Like I told them after the game, they're trying very hard. They come out and they compete. We can't sustain it, and that's something we've really got to do. It's an inexperienced team and when you have so many young kids, they have to learn how to win," added Maestri.
Hezekiah Randolph went 2-for-4 at the plate and extended his hitting streak to 12 games. Jonathan Coco also collected two hits. The Privateers did not draw a walk, and struck out eight times. Seth Laigast pitched the final three innings and gave up four earned runs.
The Bearkats were led by Burgess who had three hits at the plate. Hayden Simerly and Shea Pierce each scored two runs. Dirk Masters went seven innings on the mound, and picked up his first win of the season while striking out six batters.