Senior centerfielder Nathan Southard was 3-for-5 in Friday's ballgame against Manhattan.
March 3, 2006
METAIRIE, La. - Manhattan southpaw Chris Cody scattered 10 hits and did his best Houdini impression to escape a few jams as the Tulane University baseball team dropped a 1-0 decision to the Jaspers in game one of a three-game series Friday evening at Zephyr Field.
Cody threw 155 pitches on the day, allowing four walks and striking out 10, including the final two batters he faced. Tulane had its chances to get on the board throughout the day, but stranded 14 on the base paths, including seven in scoring position. With the loss, Tulane falls to 8-4 on the year. Manhattan, meanwhile, improves to 1-0.
"The first thing we work on every day in practice is situational hitting, and that is exactly what cost us tonight," Tulane head coach Rick Jones said. "We just didn't get that big hit. And when we finally got it, base running cost us. We had a bad offensive night and their pitcher threw well."
The Green Wave pounded out 10 hits on the day, but could not get one when they needed it. Manhattan gave Tulane some opportunities as well with three errors and a dropped foul ball with two out, but Cody made a key pitch each time to keep the shutout in tact.
The one time Tulane seemed to get the big hit came in the seventh as sophomore second baseman Brad Emaus roped a double that one-hopped the wall in centerfield. The Green Wave had senior centerfielder Nathan Southard at second and sophomore shortstop Cat Everett on first at the time courtesy of back-to-back singles by the pair, but Southard was caught in a rundown between second following Emaus' twin-sacker for the second out of the frame.
Cody intentionally walked redshirt-freshman right fielder Warren McFadden - who had two hits on the day - to load the bases, and got a come-back grounder to escape the inning unscathed.
Tulane had another run cut down at the plate back in the second as the Green Wave had bases loaded with only one out. A shallow fly ball off the bat of Southard - who went 3-for-5 - was snowconed by Mike Garcia in left, and Garcia's throw to the plate was in time to nail senior left fielder Matt Riser, who was trying to score from third.
While the Green Wave struggled to get the big hit all night, Manhattan got two of its three hits in the top of the third when right fielder Nunzio Franzese led off with a single, advanced the bases on a sacrifice bunt by shortstop Rene Ruiz and a groundout by centerfielder Eric Nieto before Garcia drilled a double to the gap in left central to account for the game's only run.
The game, however, belonged to Cody. He flirted with disaster on a couple of occasions, but when the Green Wave had runners on base, Cody limited Tulane to just four hits, including a 2-for-10 showing with runners in scoring position.
"He's our No. 1 guy and we were going to ride him until he couldn't go any more," Manhattan head coach Kevin Leighton said. "His pitch count got a little up there, but he kept wanting to go back out. We figured he could go about 115- to 120 pitches, and he was a little more than that today. But in a game like this, what's 10 pitches?"
Cody's performance overshadowed another solid effort by Tulane starter Sean Morgan (2-1), who gave up just one run on three hits while waking two and striking out eight in as many innings. Sophomore right-hander Trey Martin pitched the ninth for Tulane, walking one and striking out one in relief.
Tulane and Manhattan continue the series on Saturday at 2 p.m. and close out the weekend on Sunday with first pitch slated for 1 p.m. For ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at 504-247-1240. The ticket office at Zephyr Field is located on the third base side, and opens two hours before every game for all Tulane home games. Tickets can also be purchased on-line at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.