March 6, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane baseball team entered Tuesday (March 6) evening ranked eighth nationally in team batting average, but the Green Wave machine was unable to find its footing against rival LSU in a 5-0 loss inside the gates of Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. The crowd of 5,063 patrons - the third largest crown in stadium history - was treated to a well-played, hard-fought contest that featured stellar defense and pitching matchup.
The Green Wave (10-3) looked poised to take the early lead when Garrett Cannizaro was hit by a pitch and Jeremy Schaffer singled to put runners on the corners with just one out. A line drive by Nick Schneeberger was snagged by LSU second baseman JaCoby Jones, who doubled off Schaffer at first to get the Tigers out of trouble.
Tulane's Alex Byo retired the first two batters of the second inning, but surrendered three consecutive hits, the final a two-RBI single down the right field line from Tyler Ross, and LSU grabbed an early 2-0 advantage. They added a run in the fourth inning when Grant Dozar singled to score Raph Rhymes from second base to give the Tigers a 3-0 edge.
The first inning was the only trouble that LSU starting pitcher Aaron Nola (2-0) would face in the contest. The freshman allowed just three base runners the rest of the way and struck out six batters. He didn't allow a base runner to reach second base from the second inning through the eighth inning. He tossed eight complete, allowing three hits with six strikeouts.
Byo made his third start of the season on the mound and, other than a handful of pitches, enjoyed a solid outing. He tossed a career-best 7 2/3 innings, allowing ten hits and four runs. The junior didn't walk a batter and struck out one to fall to 1-2 on the season.
LSU's final run came against TU reliever Andrew Garner in the ninth inning on a RBI double from Chris Sciambra.
Tulane was out-hit for the first time this season, with ten of the Tigers 12 hits being singles, and was shutout for the first time since April 3, 2011.
Tulane will hit the road for a three-game series at Wichita State (6-6) this weekend, starting on Friday, March 9 at 3:00 p.m. The series will continue with a 2:00 game on Saturday (March 10) and conclude on Sunday, March 11 at 1:00.
- Jeremy Schaffer extended his reached base streak to 13 games with a single in the first inning of Tuesday's game versus LSU.
- Brennan Middleton had his nine hitting streak snapped, going 0-for-3 versus the Tigers.
- Alex Byo tossed a career-high 7 2/3 innings in his start on Tuesday evening. He struck out one and didn't walk a batter.
- Sean Potkay reached base in his eighth straight game with a second inning single.
- This was the first game this season that Tulane has been out-hit.
- This was the first time Tulane has been shutout since April 3, 2011 against Houston.