Monique Morial, the President of the Sugar Bowl Committee, throws the ceremonial first pitch of the 2019 Allstate Sugar Bowl Baseball Classic. Photo Courtesy of UNO Athletics.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl is a sponsor of multiple University of New Orleans’ events, including the Allstate Sugar Bowl Baseball Classic. The 2020 Baseball Classic was a weekend series against UConn (Feb. 28-March 1).
This was the third year of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Baseball Classic and the seventh year that the Allstate Sugar Bowl has sponsored UNO baseball events.
The Privateers won two of three games over the Huskies to capture the series victory in the 2020 event. The 2-1 weekend mark improves the Privateers to 7-2 in the Classic since 2018.
In Friday night’s series opener, UNO used a four-run eighth inning to break open a tight game on route to an 8-3 victory. Luther Woullard went 3-for-4 with two RBI and three runs while Darren Willis was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run. Chris Turpin picked up his first win of the season with 6.2 innings of work and seven strikeouts.
Saturday’s game featured an offensive explosion for the Privateers as they pounded out 12 runs in the first three innings and continued to add to the total, finishing with a 17-8 victory. Every Privateer starter collected a hit in the barrage with Woullard leading the way with a 3-for-5 performance, including a triple, two RBI and two runs. Beau Bratton was 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and two runs. Eric Orze picked up the victory as he tossed six innings of two-run ball.
UConn gained a bit of revenge on Sunday as the Huskies posted a 9-2 victory to close the series. They tallied six runs from the fifth to the seventh innings to break open a 2-2 tie. Uno was led by a 2-for-4 effort from Salo Iza.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl is proud to offer financial support to Kirsch-Rooney Stadium on the campus of Delgado Community College. The stadium, dedicated in 1957 has become a baseball landmark for the region. The stadium hosts nearly 350 baseball games (college, high school, American Legion and AAABA) on an annual basis.
Now in its 62nd season (2018), the ballpark remains active year-round. For the past four decades, the Stadium has been home to Delgado Community College’s nationally-ranked baseball program. It also serves as the home of the majority of New Orleans’ top high school and prep baseball teams. During the summer months, Kirsch-Rooney is home to the New Orleans Boosters’ summer program and league as well as First District American Legion Baseball.
In 2003, Kirsch-Rooney Stadium’s diamond was named for long-time Delgado coach, Louis “Rags” Scheuermann, who served as supervisor of the stadium for forty years in addition to coaching the Dolphins. Since his death in 1997, the Scheuermann family has continued the family tradition of managing the facility. The family has been a constant throughout the stadium’s years, present since opening day in 1957.