March 3, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - Defensive miscues by the Tulane baseball team allowed three runs to come across the board in the top of the third and bottom of the fourth on Monday, ultimately leading to a 6-4 loss for the Green Wave at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium in the rubber match of the series against Sacred Heart.
Despite solid pitching by Tulane (8-3) starting pitcher Alex Massey in the first two innings of the game, the Tulane defense couldn't back him up in the third, as they committed three errors in the frame, while Sacred Heart (2-1) strung together three hits to score three runs. The bottom of the fourth wasn't much better for the Green Wave as another error was committed behind Massey (1-2) to give Sacred Heart their fourth and fifth run in just two innings.
"Sacred Heart outplayed us," stated Tulane baseball head coach Rick Jones. "We were very fortunate to get a win yesterday in extra innings. Today they outplayed us in every phase of the game; through three innings we had given up seven hits and made four errors."
Tulane managed just five hits in the contest, and were led by senior first baseman Bowen Woodson, who went 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI. Senior right fielder Andrew Garner, freshman third baseman Hunter Hope and freshman shortstop Stephen Alemais all collected hits on the day, as well.
However, the lack of defense on Sunday cost Tulane a contest which they needed to win before heading to the West Coast for a much-anticipated tournament against three solid clubs.
"We are going to face some stiff challenges," said Jones of the weekend.
After Sacred Heart scored three times in the top of the third, the Green Wave got their first run on the board in the bottom part of the frame, as Woodson - who singled earlier in the inning - came home to score on an error committed by the Pioneers.
Down 5-1 in the bottom of the fourth, the Green Wave cut Sacred Heart's lead to two. Garner started things off with a single into center field before moving to second base on a wild pitch. After junior second baseman Garrett Deschamp was plunked by Sacred Heart starter Jeff Stoddard, Hope walked to load the bases with no outs. Freshman designated hitter Hunter Williams brought Garner home on a fielder's choice and Deschamp followed on a sacrifice fly by Woodson.
Sacred Heart got a run back in the top of the sixth off freshman reliever Corey Merrill, who pitched 4.0 innings in the contest. Merrill struck out four and walked three in his second career appearance.
Tulane managed to score again in the bottom of the seventh when Woodson doubled down the left field line and came home to score on a groundout by senior pinch-hitter Nick DiMaggio. However, Sacred Heart pitchers Dan Wertz and Jason Foley managed to retire the next seven batters to end the game.
Wertz (1-0) was the pitcher of record for the Pioneers, as he went 3.2 innings, allowing two hits and one earned run. Foley, who notched 1.0 inning on the day, struck out three straight in the bottom of the ninth for his first save of the season.
Massey went 3.2 innings with six strikeouts, one walk and seven hits allowed in the losing effort.
The Green Wave will head to the West Coast for the Cal Baseball Classic on March 7-9. Tulane will square off against California at 9pm CT on Friday, March 7th, followed by a 3:30pm CT game against Arkansas on March 8. Both games will be played at Evans Diamond in Berkeley, Calif. On Sunday, the Green Wave will play the University of San Francisco at 1pm CT at Dante Benedetti Diamond at Max Ulrich Field in San Francisco.
All three games of the weekend tournament will be broadcast on the home of Tulane baseball for the 2014 season, 88.3 FM WRBH.
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