Senior Sam Honeck hit a grand slam as part of an eight-run third inning as the Green Wave defeated the Le Moyne Dolphins in game two Saturday night.
Feb. 21, 2009
New Orleans- The Tulane University baseball team split a double header with the Le Moyne Dolphins, dropping game one 5-4 in 10 inning before bouncing back in a big way with a 14-1, seven-inning victory in the nightcap Saturday afternoon at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.
After falling a run shy in game one, the Tulane offense exploded for 13 hits in the second half of the twin bill, including a three-hit performance by senior outfielder Scott Powell and a 2-for-2 showing by senior first baseman Sam Honeck. Honeck's second hit of the ballgame was a grand-slam in part of an eight-run third inning.
With the split, Tulane improves to 2-1 on the year and will play game four of the weekend series against Le Moyne (1-2) on Sunday with first pitch slated for 1 p.m. The four-game series vs. the Dolphins marks the first weekend of a 15-game homestand to open the 2009 season.
Senior right-hander Jonathan Garrett (1-0) scattered seven hits in a 6.0-inning start in Tulane's 14-1 win, allowing just an unearned run while giving up one walk and fanning a pair. The Green Wave gave him a two-run lead early on with single runs in the first and second innings, and Le Moyne cut the lead in half in the top of the third when Matthew Ciraco opened the frame with a single, advance to third on a sacrifice bunt and an error and scored on sacrifice fly off the bat of Matt Nandin.
In the home half of the inning, however, the Green Wave blew the game open by sending 12 batters to the plate while posting seven hits, a walk, a stolen base, and a hit batsman. Senior second baseman Seth Henry and sophomore designated hitter Rob Segedin opened the stanza with back-to-back singles, and with one out, senior left fielder Andrew Rodgers posted a base hit of his own to load the bases.
From there, Honeck hammered a round-tripper high over the wall in right off of Dolphins' starter Luke Nellis to make it a 6-1 ballgame. Two singles and a walk later, junior shortstop Josh Prince padded the Green Wave lead with a two-run double, and Henry capped the eight-run frame with a two-run, inside-the-park home run that ricocheted off the wall in dead center to stretch the lead to nine.
Tulane added three more runs in the fourth courtesy of an RBI-single by Powell, a sacrifice fly by sophomore centerfielder Nick Boullosa and a run-scoring fielder's choice groundball by Prince. Powell later accounted for the Green Wave's final run when he tripled with one out in the sixth and touched the paystation on a run-scoring ground ball by Boullosa.
In game one of Saturday's double header, Tulane rallied from a 3-1 deficit after five and a half innings with single runs in the sixth-eighth innings to take a 4-3 lead. Le Moyne, however, tied the ballgame in the top of the ninth on a fielder's choice groundout by Nandin.
Tulane went down in order in the bottom of the stanza, and the Dolphins plated what proved to be the game-winner in the top of the 10th when Sean Paino singled with one away, stole second, and scored on an RBI-single by Chris Murphy.
Tom McDermott (1-0) earned the win for Le Moyne after allowing one run on two hits while walking a pair and striking out five in 3.1 innings out of the bullpen.
Following Sunday's series finale, Tulane returns to action on Wednesday, Feb. 25, when the Green Wave play host to Louisiana-Monroe at 6 p.m. at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.