March 13, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - Adversity will always rear its ugly head when it seems the darkest days are behind you and for the Tulane baseball program that is true. After starting the season with just one loss in their first ten games, the Green Wave finds itself sitting at 11-6 after their 5-3 loss to the University of Louisiana at Monroe on Tuesday afternoon inside Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.
"You have to give a lot of credit to Louisiana Monroe," said head coach Rick Jones. "They wanted it more today and that was obvious. I am extremely disappointed with our clubs effort and lack of commitment. There are no more excuses in our program... Whether or not our club learns from this, I don't know, but I can tell you that we have to (start learning) or we are going to be an underachieving program."
Tulane (11-6) opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning against ULM starting pitcher Andrew Richardson. Brandon Boudreaux and Brennan Middleton each singled to open the game - moving up one base on a wild pitch - and Nick Schneeberger plated both runs with a double down the right field line to push the Green Wave out to a 2-0 lead.
After the Warhawks grabbed a run back in the top of the second inning, TU's Andrew Garner took advantage of a few ULM missteps. Garner doubled to start the inning, on a ball that was lost in the sun, moved to third on a ground out and crossed the plate after a wild pitch by Richardson.
Alex Byo threw five innings in the start, allowing three runs on six hits. He didn't walk a batter and fanned four in the no decision. Alex Facundus (2-1) struck out one in one and two-thirds innings of work, but allowed the go ahead run in the sixth to take his first loss of the season. D.J. Ponder surrendered a run in two innings of work and Tyler Mapes retired the only batter he faced in the ninth inning.
Tulane had their chances on the afternoon, stranding runners on base in the fifth, sixth and eighth innings.
"We just couldn't stretch the lead," Jones said. "We left runners on base in key situations. Their (starting pitcher) was trying to find his way on the mound and that is when you need to cash in. We just didn't do that today."
Schneeberger led the way for the Green Wave offense with three hits - his tenth multi-hit game of the season - and two RBIs, while Boudreaux added two hits. Middleton and Garner rounded out the hit total for Tulane, who were out-hit for just the second time this season, and Bowen Woodson worked both walks for the Olive and Blue on the afternoon.
The Green Wave will continue their brief home stand with a three game series against Brown this weekend on the Turf at Turchin. Tulane will entertain the Bears on Friday, March 16 at 6:30, Saturday, March 17 at 2:00 and Sunday, March 18 starting at 11:00 a.m.
- Tulane Leads All-Time Series with Louisiana-Monroe, 36-10
- Nick Schneeberger posted his tenth multi-hit and fourth multi-RBI game of the season.
- Jeremy Schaffer threw out two more potential base stealers to push his season total to 12 caught stealing.
- Tulane is now 11-2 when scoring three or more runs in a game this season.