March 13, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Senior Blake Crohan notched an RBI-single in the bottom of the tenth inning, scoring freshman Tim Yandel, for a walk-off, 3-2 victory over Southeastern Louisiana at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium on Wednesday night.
The Green Wave (10-9) collected eight hits on the evening, with three coming in the ninth and tenth innings combined. Heading into the bottom of the ninth inning, Southeastern Louisiana (11-6) held a 2-1 lead before Tulane strung together some base runners to bring home the game-tying run. Senior Brennan Middleton led the inning off by getting plunked by Southeastern Louisiana relief pitcher Dylan Hills. Yandel made his way to second base on a passed ball by Hills (0-1), and he moved to third on a dribbler in front of the plate put into play by Crohan. Junior Andrew Garner then stepped to the plate to bring Middleton home on a single up the middle.
Garner (1-0) traded his bat for his pitcher's glove, as he came to the mound in the 10th inning, recording the last two outs of the game to earn his first victory on the season.
Only one base runner - senior Sean Potkay on a walk in the second - reached base for both teams through the first two innings. Tulane took the lead initially by scoring a run in the third. Freshman Richard Carthon nailed a double down the left field line, and moved to third on a fielder's choice by junior Bowen Woodson. Middleton then hit a sacrifice fly to left field that brought Carthon home from third.
However, Southeastern Louisiana took the lead in the sixth that got started off by a hit and a stolen base from Southeastern Louisiana's Harry Slade. An error committed by the Tulane infield allowed Jameson Fisher to reach first, scoring Slade from second as the throw to first got past Potkay. Jesse Buratt then notched a double on freshman starter Emerson Gibbs, scoring Slade for the 2-1 lead.
"We won a game where even though we pitched really well, we weren't good with the ball in the sixth," said Tulane baseball head coach Rick Jones. "We had less than stellar at-bats in key situations, and it was a game that could've gotten away from us. Fortunately we kept it 2-1, and got a big hit from Garner to tie it."
Gibbs started his first collegiate contest, going 5.1 innings and striking out three before he was pulled in favor of fellow freshman Daniel Rankin with two outs in the top of the sixth. Rankin pitched four solid innings before Garner came in for the win in the tenth inning.
"You can't discount how Gibbs and Rankin and then Garner at the end pitched," added Jones. "Two freshmen gave us a good performance tonight, and Andrew (Garner) did a great job shutting it down in the tenth."
After the Greenies tied things up in the ninth, Rankin walked the first batter he faced before Garner came in, after getting the start at designated hitter. He retired the last two batters to take it to the bottom of the tenth.
Yandel walked on a full count and advanced to second on a passed ball before Carthon grounded out to shortstop for the first out, advancing Yandel to third base on the play. Woodson walked to put runners at the corners for Middleton. Attempting to lay down a bunt, Middleton popped one up to the pitcher for the second out of the inning. Fortunately, Crohan came through in his at-bat, scoring the Georgia native for the final run of the game.
"After Middleton popped up the bunt, we needed a two out hit there," said Jones. "It was something we desperately needed. Fortunately, we got it."
Yandel got the start at third base for the third straight game, and senior Garrett Cannizaro made his first career start in right field, going 1-for-3 at the plate while still nursing a strained muscle. Junior Briggs Barrios replaced him in the field in the top of the tenth inning.
"It hasn't impacted his ability to swing," said Jones of Cannizaro, who went 1-for-3 at the plate with a walk.
Carthon was the only Greenie to have a multi-hit game, going 2-for-5 with a run. Crohan, Garner, Yandel, Woodson and senior Brandon Boudreaux also collected one hit apiece for the Green Wave. Carthon is 7-for-14 in his last three games. "He's learning as he goes," said Jones of Carthon. "He's got a lot of talent. He's gotten better as an outfielder. As he's learning the strike-zone more and more, he's becoming a better hitter. If he puts it in play, it's tough to throw him out. I'm really excited about his chances in the future."
Tulane has played 31 innings of baseball in the last three games, as they played a 12-inning marathon on Sunday against High Point, coming out on top, 11-10.
Tulane will host Texas-San Antonio this weekend in their last non-conference weekend series. Tulane opens Conference USA play against Memphis next weekend.
The contests against UTSA will all be broadcast on Tulane's flagship station, 106.1 The Ticket. Live stats will be made available on TulaneGreenWave.com.
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