Feb. 20, 2010
NEW ORLEANS - Boston College leadoff hitter Robbie Anston went 4-for-5 with a double, a triple and three RBI as the Tulane University baseball team dropped a 12-0 contest to the Eagles Saturday afternoon in Green Field at Turchin Stadium.
The Green Wave were out-hit, 13-4, and committed three errors to the Eagles' none. With the loss, Tulane falls to 0-2 on the year for the first time since dropping the first two games of the 2002 season at Pepperdine. Boston College, meanwhile, improves to 2-0.
"Today was a very disappointing day because they beat us in every phase of the game," Tulane head coach Rick Jones said. "We had three errors and four hits and gave up 13 hits, didn't pitch well and didn't run the bases well. Defensively, we had breakdowns. It was a very disappointing day all the way around. There's not much of a way to describe it other than that.
"Yesterday, we got down but I felt comfortable with the way we handled ourselves. We fought hard and we did some things you can't do against a good club defensively. We came out of there feeling that we had a bunch of guys who were fighting and clawing there at the end. It didn't look like we were as youthful as we were. Today, you could tell Boston College had a day on the field. We were disappointing in every phase."
For the second consecutive day, Boston College jumped out to the early lead as Anston opened the game with a single and scored on an RBI base knock by first baseman Anthony Melchionda to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead. Anston ripped a two-out, two-run triple to center an inning later and scored the Eagles' fourth run in the fifth inning when he singled and scored on a double-play ball.
The Green Wave's lone hit during that span came in the third when freshman second baseman Brennan Middleton hit a hot shot off the glove of a diving Mickey Wiswall at third base, but was thrown out on the play trying to advance to second base. Tulane's next hit didn't come until the seventh when rookie shortstop Garrett Cannizaro ripped single to center. Freshman catcher Blake Crohan added a one-out single in the eighth while freshman right fielder Cody Robinson had an infield hit in the ninth.
Boston College starter Mike Dennhardt (1-0) gave up just two singles in 7.0 shutout innings while walking five and fanning a pair. For the day, Tulane had just two runners get into scoring position and none reached as far as third base. The lone time in the ballgame Tulane had the tying run at the plate was in the bottom of the fourth when Crohan drew a leadoff walk and Robinson reached on a free pass with two away. Cannizaro stung a Dennhardt offering, but the BC hurler was able to field the ball cleanly and made the throw to first to get out of the inning unscathed.
The Eagles' offense, meanwhile, kept on rolling. A two-error sixth aided in BC's four-run frame which included a three-run homer by Matt Watson. Anston started another four-run inning in the eighth with an RBI-double to right and scored two hitters later when Wiswall hammered a three-run bomb to right to account for the final score.
"[We're playing with] six freshman and two sophomores," Jones said. "Nobody's going to want to hear about youth anymore than they want to hear about Katrina. We said it last night, but we're not going to play the youth card.
"We're playing a team that is projected to be a possible Super Regional team, return almost everyone and they're good. We knew they were going to be a tough challenge for us. The bottom line is we've just got to be ready tomorrow. Competing is not what we're about. We need to find a way to win a ballgame."
Tulane starter Matt Petiton (0-1) was saddled with the loss after allowing four runs on seven hits with a walk and a strikeout in 5.0 innings. The Green Wave bullpen combined for eight runs (three earned) on five hits and a pair of walks. Sophomore Ryan Doiron was the lone Tulane hurler to come away unscathed after standing a leadoff double in a scoreless ninth.
The Green Wave and Eagles close out the weekend series on Sunday with first pitch slated for 1 p.m. From there, Tulane will take on cross-town foe UNO on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 6 p.m. before opening a weekend series against Lipscomb on Friday, Feb. 24. For ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE.