UNO Sweeps Allstate Sugar Bowl Baseball Classic

Monique Morial, the President of the Sugar Bowl Committee, throws the ceremonial first pitch of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Baseball Classic. Photo Courtesy of UNO Athletics.

NEW ORLEANS (February 24, 2019) – The University of New Orleans posted a perfect 3-0 record with wins over Chicago State, Rutgers and Butler to capture to championship of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Baseball Classic at Maestri Field.

Allstate Sugar Bowl Baseball

The final game of the tournament was a pitching duel as the Privateers were deadlocked at one in the ninth-inning against Butler. Tresten Kinnard singled and head coach Blake Dean inserted Archbishop Rummel grad Evan Francioni as a pinch runner. Francioni would take second on a passed ball and then back-to-back wild pitches brought the freshman home with the game-winning run.

UNO opened the tournament with a 16-8 slugfest victory over Chicago State. Luther Woullard led the way with four hits and three RBI while Pearce Howard also drove in three runs on three hits.

In the Saturday game, the Privateers topped Rutgers 7-2 as Colin Morrill went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI. Woullard added two more hits in the victory while Chris Turpin tossed six innings of one-hit ball and John Barr wrapped things up for the save.

Allstate Sugar Bowl Baseball Classic 2019
Friday, February 22
Rutgers def. Butler, 3-2
UNO def. Chicago State, 16-8

Saturday, February 23
UNO def. Rutgers, 7-2
Butler vs. Chicago State, cancelled

Sunday, February 24
Rutgers def. Chicago State, 6-2
UNO def. Butler, 2-1

This was the second year of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Baseball Classic and the sixth year that the Allstate Sugar Bowl has sponsored UNO baseball events.

The Allstate Sugar Bowl has established itself as one of the premier college football bowl games, having hosted 28 national champions, 93 Hall of Fame players, 50 Hall of Fame coaches and 18 Heisman Trophy winners in its 85-year history. The 86th Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic, featuring top teams from the Big 12 and the SEC, will be played on January 1, 2020. In addition to football, the Sugar Bowl Committee annually invests over $1.6 million into the community through the hosting and sponsorship of sporting events, scholarships and clinics. Through these efforts, the organization supports and honors nearly 100,000 student-athletes each year and has injected over $2.5 billion into the local economy over the last decade.