March 7, 2010
NEW ORLEANS - Robby Broach allowed two runs in the second inning, but settled in after that and the Tulane baseball team claimed a 12-4 victory over #19 Ole Miss behind twenty hits from their offense. All nine starters collected hits, with seven posting multi-hit games, and eight of them drove in RBI's to propel the Olive and Blue to their sixth victory of the season.
"Robby Broach did a really good job today. He gave us quick innings in the fifth and sixth and after turning the double play, that was a momentum turner for us," Tulane head coach Rick Jones said. "You get back into the dugout and have a chance to stretch your lead. Pepitone came in and got the double play ball in the seventh in a big situation."
The early lead went to Ole Miss for the third straight contest as they scored twice in the second inning versus Broach. Alex Yarbrough led the inning off with a single, stole second, and scored on a Miles Hamblin single. Hamblin immediately stole second, advancing to third on a throwing error, and scored two batters later when Tim Ferguson hit a sacrifice fly to center field.
In the home half of the inning, Tulane sent six batters to the plate, seeing only eight total pitches, churning out five singles and scoring two runs to tie the game up at 2-2. In the inning, Garrett Cannizaro, Brandon Boudreaux, Brennan Middleton and Nick Boullosa all singled, with Middleton and Boullosa each droving in RBI's.
After Hamblin drove in his second run of the contest for UM, the Green Wave scored six times to take their first lead of the series at 6-3. In the frame, Matt Shortall, Matt Ryan and Middleton all collected bas hits with one out to load the bases. Boullosa collected his second RBI of the contest in the inning, while Blake Crohan drove in a pair of runs and later scored on a balk by Ole Miss reliever Eric Callender.
In the fifth, Cannizaro singled to start the inning and Boudreaux tripled in the next at bat to score the first run of the inning. The Olive and Blue extended their lead to 8-3 when Shortall grounded out to third base, scoring Boudreaux from third, for his first RBI of the game.
Tulane extended their lead to 9-3 when Crohan singled with one out in the sixth, moved to third on Segedin's sixth double of the season and scored on a Jeremy Schaffer sacrifice fly to center field.
Broach gave the Green Wave 6.1 innings of work, allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits. The sophomore struck out five and walked three batters to improve to 2-0 on the season. Nick Pepitone came on in relief and allowed one run with one strikeout in 2.2 innings to close things out on the mound.
"Robby really pitched well. He didn't get off to a great start but he really settled in," said Jones. "Once he gets his change-up going he can really get you deep into the games, which is what he did for our club today."
Ole Miss tallied one run in the ninth inning on a bases loaded walk to account for the final margin of 12-4. Pepitone escaped the bases loaded situation with the third Green Wave double play to end the contest.
Tulane collected a season-high 20 hits, 18 of those singles, with Segedin's double and Boudreaux's triple accounting for the two extra-base efforts. Crohan led the way with four hits in five at-bats, scoring three runs and driving in two. Cannizaro and Boudreaux each posted three hits in the game. TU didn't earn a walk for the first time this season, but struck out only five times to go along with the season-high for hits.
The Olive and Blue are now 6-5 overall and head into a midweek contest with New Orleans on Tuesday, March 9 at Maestri Field on the Lakefront starting at 6:30. The three-game set will wrap up the series on March 23 at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. The winner of the three-game series will receive the second annual First NBC Cup Trophy.