Matt Rayn's Bases Loaded Walk Drove in the Game-Winning Run on Sunday Versus Lipscomb
Feb. 28, 2010
NEW ORLEANS - It came down to the final at-bat of the game for the Tulane baseball team on Sunday afternoon, but Matt Ryan coaxed a bases loaded walk to give the Green Wave a three-game sweep of visiting Lipscomb, 4-3. Tulane banged out double-digit hits for the fifth straight game and Robby Broach settled in after a rocky start to toss six innings in a no decision in front of 2,557 fans inside Green Field at Turchin Stadium.
"I don't' care who or where you play, it is hard to sweep a team, said Tulane head coach Rick Jones. "You are going to have tight games, and today was one, and you have to win them different ways. If you are going to have a good season you are going to have to win games in other ways and today's victory was different than yesterdays."
The Bison used four, first inning hits to score twice against Broach, who was making his second start of the season. The sophomore settled in after Lipscomb took the early 2-0 advantage and allowed just three hits over the next five innings to give the offense its chance to get on the board.
It wasn't until the sixth inning that TU was able break through against LU starting pitcher Davey Hackett, with Blake Crohan reaching on an error to start the frame. Garrett Cannizaro and Brennan Middleton collected back-to-back singles to load the bases and freshman Matt Shortall delivered with a two-RBI singled off the wall in left field to tie the contest at 2-2.
Broach tossed six innings for the Green Wave and allowed just the two runs on seven hits. He fanned six batters and walked just one in the no decision.
The Green Wave would take the lead in the seventh when Brandon Boudreaux walked and moved to third on a Crohan double. The freshman came around to score on a Rob Segedin single with one out in the inning to give TU a 3-2 edge. Preston Claiborne came on to start the seventh inning on the mound for Tulane, allowing a leadoff single, but retired six straight batters until walking the leadoff hitter in the ninth.
Claiborne handed the ball to Nick Pepitone with a runner on first and no one out in the frame. The base runner was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and advanced to third on a slow roller to the shortstop, Cannizaro, who made a great defensive play to get the second out. Lee Wilson would knotted the game up at 3-3 with a chopper up the middle that Cannizaro gloved, but the slow developing play allowed Wilson to reach safely and the tying run to cross the plate.
In the home half of the inning, Segedin ripped a single through the left side of the infield to get the rally started. The redshirt sophomore then stole second base to get himself into scoring position and, after a strikeout, Middleton was intentionally walked to set up the double play. Pinch hitter Karl Mundt would collect a four-pitch walk to load the bases against Lipscomb reliever Chad Fromm. After Fromm struck out Adam Zabel for the second out of the inning, sophomore Matt Ryan worked the bases loaded stroll to first to push the winning run across the plate.
"Segedin had a big hit, we got some quality at bats and drawing the two walks there at the end, those are not gifts," said Tulane head coach Rick Jones. "You have to have good at-bats in those situations and do a good job being disciplined at the plate."
The 4-3 victory extended Tulane's winning streak to five games and is their first home sweep since taking three from New Orleans last season. Pepitone (1-0) allowed just the one hit and struck out one in a scoreless inning of work to collect his first victory of the season.
Crohan has now collected a hit in his first seven games in the Green and Blue, while Cannizaro and Segedin carry hitting streaks of six and five games, respectively. Crohan, Segedin and Shortall each chipped in two hits in the finale, while each of the first four spots in the batting order scored one run in the contest. Boudreaux singled and walked three times, while Ryan collected his first walk-off RBI of the season.
The Green Wave will take their first road trip of the season on Wednesday, March 3 when they travel to take on South Alabama. Tulane will take their 5-2 record to Mobile to faceoff with the Jaguars at 6:00 p.m.