The New Orleans Privateers baseball team (1-2) used a strong effort at the plate as part of a commanding 9-1 win over the Southern Jaguars (2-1) at Alex Box Stadium on Sunday afternoon to give giving legendary coach head Ron Maestri his first victory since returning to the Privateers bench.
The Privateers broke a 1-1 tie to take the lead for good in the fourth. After the first two Privateers reached base in the frame, Chaz Boyer drove in the go-ahead run on an RBI ground out before Mitchell Alexander followed with an RBI single pushing the Privateers advantage to 3-1.
From there the Privateers continued to add to their lead. New Orleans scored a run in the sixth, two in the seventh, and added three more to conclude the offensive barrage in the eighth. Reese Kanter led the way at the plate with a perfect 3-for-3 performance. Sam Capielano added three hits while scoring twice and driving in two.
The Privateers squandered their first opportunity of the day by leaving the bases loaded in the first inning. However, they would soon take the lead one inning later after a Chaz Boyer sacrifice fly gave the Privateers their second lead of the young season.
Southern took advantage of a defensive miscue to tie the game in the fourth when Harley Wiltz hit a routine grounder to short, but Capielano's throw to first sailed into the stands, allowing Wiltz to reach second base. Jose De La Torre would knock in Wiltz on a sacrifice fly to score Southern's only run on the afternoon.
Making his Privateer debut Starter Nick Halliday (1-0) was efficient in his opening start of the season. Picking up his first college victory, Halliday turned in a quality start giving up just the one unearned run, while scattering four hits, striking out three and walking just two in six innings. Darron McKigney and Seth Laigast combined to pitch three no-hit innings in relief to finish the game.