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Vincent Banda tallied three RBIs.
Vincent Banda tallied three RBIs.

Baseball Plates 20 Runs in Win Over Southwest at RRAC Championship Tournament

STERLINGTON, LA. (May 4, 2024) – The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) baseball team won a thrilling elimination game against the University of the Southwest (USW) 20-15 at the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Championship Tournament. The Saints are the No. 6 seed, and the Mustangs were the No. 7 seed.

Head Coach Matt Piker commented, "Holy smokes… what a game. Obviously, we wish we wouldn't have had to burn through so many pitchers, but I'm incredibly proud of how our players responded time and time again. I could go through numerous individual performances, but it was a great Saints victory. We stayed in the fight and chased checkmarks the whole game. I'm proud of how the men fought today."


The Saints were 23-10 against the Mustangs prior to the game.


The first inning had 21 total runs scored. The Saints scored 10 runs in the top of the first inning on five hits. Diego Zuniga and Kobey Allison homered in the frame, with Allison's being a grand slam. D'Artagnan Perez-Padron, Jack Kalisky, and Vincent Banda also picked up RBIs. The Mustangs responded with 11 runs on 10 hits. The Saints took the permanent lead in the second inning. Brett Atkinson and Caimyn Holiday hit RBI singles, while Zuniga and Banda also drove in runs. Southwest plated two runs in the bottom of the inning to cut the deficit to one. The Saints scored six runs over the next three innings and won 20-15. Allison finished with two grand slams and eight total RBIs, both of which tied OLLU single game records. Seven different OLLU players recorded at least one RBI. Jack Kalisky was the winning pitcher after going 5.2 innings with six strikeouts. Noah De La Riva started on the mound and Ethan Garza, Chase Dunn, Hector Rogerio III and Donovan Gamez pitched in relief.

Up next

The Saints face No. 1 seed LSU-Shreveport later today at 1 p.m. in an elimination contest.