March 5, 2010
NEW ORLEANS - Baseball is a game of inches and just a few inches separated the Tulane Baseball team from the 19th-ranked Rebels of Ole Miss on Friday evening at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium, with TU falling 6-4. Cody Robinson looked to have extra bases in the seventh inning, but a leaping catch by the UM center fielder turned it into a double play and ended the bases loaded threat.
"I was proud of our effort, as far as the way we came back tonight. You never know what run is going to beat you, or win for you," said Tulane head coach Rick Jones. "Early we missed some chances and a couple of times we had the bases loaded and just couldn't cash in. We were seeing a first round draft pick and we knew that. Pomeranz pitched really well and the thing he did tonight was use his breaking ball early in the count and that is to his credit."
The Rebels opened the scoring with a pair of runs in the second inning versus TU starter Conrad Flynn. Alex Yarbrough broke the scoreless tie with a two-RBI single to right field with one out in the frame. The Green Wave would threaten in their half of the inning versus UM's Drew Pomeranz, loading the bases with two outs, but Matt Snyder fielded a grounder and beat Nick Boullosa to the bag to end the scoring opportunity.
Ole Miss added to their lead in the fourth when Yarbrough doubled and later came around to score on a two-out Tim Ferguson single. Ferguson was gunned down at second base, over sliding the bag, and the Brandon Boudreaux throw was on target to allow Garrett Cannizaro to apply the tag.
Schaffer got Tulane on the board in the sixth when he smacked the third longball of his sophomore campaign to left field. It was the only run that Pomeranz (2-0) surrendered, but his evening was over after the completing the sixth inning.
Flynn tossed six innings in his third start of 2010 and allowed three runs on eight hits. He struck out seven batters and walked two, marking only the second multi-walk outing in his career, to fall to 1-2 on the year.
The seventh was a scoring frame for both squads, with Ole Miss tallying three runs versus left-hander David Napoli. Napoli, who replaced Flynn, was relieved by Ryan Doiron and the sophomore struck out a pair of batters and got a ground ball to end the frame.
In the bottom of the inning, the Olive and Green looked to grab the momentum against the Rebel bullpen, scoring three times versus Brett Huber. The inning started with a walk to Brennan Middleton, a double by Boullosa and a walk to Blake Crohan. After Rob Segedin grounded into a fielder choice to plate a run, Schaffer hit a towering fly ball that dropped between the pitcher and first baseman to load them up with just one out.
Robinson stepped to the plate for his third at-bat of the game, coming off the bench in place of designated hitter Matt Shortall, and sent the Huber offering sailing towards the fence in center field. UM's Ferguson raced after the ball and made the grab as he crashed into the wall. Segedin tagged and scored, but Ferguson rushed the ball back into the infield and caught Cannizaro off base to end the inning.
Neither team was able to scratch anything across in the final two innings, as Doiron tossed three scoreless innings for TU. Tulane put the leadoff runner on in the ninth, but David Goforth got a double play and a groundout to close things out for his second save.
"It was a heck of a ballgame for the fans to watch tonight," said Jones. "We are disappointed that we came up short, but we have to be ready to go tomorrow."
Jeremy Schaffer had a pair of hits in the contest, including his third home run of the season, while Matt Ryan and Boudreaux also chipping in two hits. Cannizaro, Robinson, Schaffer and Segedin all had RBI's for the Olive and Blue. The Green Wave stranded eight base runners, while Ole Miss left seven runners aboard.
Tulane falls to 5-4 overall on the season, while Ole Miss improves to 8-1 after the series opener. The two teams will return to the field for a 2:00 first pitch on Saturday, March 6. For ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE.