March 15, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - A three-run third inning by Texas-San Antonio did Tulane in, as they dropped the first game of a three-game series by a score of 3-2 at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium on Friday night.
"San Antonio did a good job tonight," said Tulane baseball head coach Rick Jones. "They swung the bats in the third inning. We dropped a popup in foul ground and extended the inning. They did a good job there."
When UTSA's (13-5) Rodney Garza led off the third, he popped a pitch from Tulane's (10-10) Tony Rizzotti foul near the visiting dugout. Senior Sean Potkay came over to make the catch in foul territory, but didn't come up with it. With the game scoreless, Garza ended up reaching base on a single to left field, and was moved to second base on a sacrifice by Jesse Baker before taking third on an infield groundout by Riley Good. Rizzotti (3-2) then gave up consecutive RBI-doubles to Horacio Correa III and RJ Perucki before giving up an RBI-triple to Mike Warren, giving UTSA three runs, which was all they needed on the day.
Other than the third inning, Rizzotti pitched well, allowing only five hits in his seven other innings of action. He also struck out four Roadrunners, while walking none.
Before the third inning, only two hits were notched by both teams combined in the contest: one by UTSA's Correa III in the first and a double by Green Wave senior Brandon Boudreaux in the second.
After UTSA scored their three runs in the third inning, Tulane came back in the fourth with a run that came up just short of tying the contest. Senior Blake Crohan led the frame off with a single to right center, followed by a walk by junior Andrew Garner. Senior Garrett Cannizaro walked after Potkay flied out to center field, loading the bases for Boudreaux. The Mandeville, La., native laced a single into left field that brought home Garner and Crohan, bringing the game to a 3-2 score. UTSA's Michael Kraft - who started the game on the mound - was pulled in favor of Jordan Pacheco, and he subsequently got freshman Tim Yandel to ground into a fielder's choice, putting runners at the corners. However, Cannizaro was left stranded 90 feet from home plate when freshman Richard Carthon grounded out to end the inning.
In the sixth inning, Potkay led off with a double, putting the tying run in scoring position. Cannizaro walked for the second time on the game, and Boudreaux moved both of them over on an infield groundout. Neither run came home, though, as Yandel struck out swinging and Carthon grounded out for the third out. That was the closest the Greenies came to tying the game, as they only notched one hit through the remainder of the game on a single by Cannizaro in the eighth.
Crohan and Boudreaux each collected two hits on the day, with Boudreaux knocking in both runs for the Greenies.
"One bright spot of the night was Brandon Boudreaux looked like himself again," added Jones.
UTSA's Pacheco was credited with the win, his fourth on the season. He pitched 4.2 innings, striking out five and walking two. Matt Sims came on in the bottom of the ninth in relief of Pacheco, notching his second save on the campaign.
Tomorrow's contest will begin at 2pm CST at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium, with Tulane senior Alex Byo getting the ball on the mound. Byo is 1-2 on the season with a 1.52 ERA, good for eighth in Conference USA. The Baton Rouge, La., native has notched 20 strikeouts to only four walks. He has allowed 27 hits in 29.2 innings of play this year, and he pitched his first career complete game last Saturday against High Point. UTSA will send right-hander Brock Hartson, a redshirt freshman, to the mound in the middle game of the series. In four starts on the season, Hartson is 2-1 with a 2.91 ERA in 21.2 innings. He owns 13 strikeouts, with four walks, while giving up 26 hits.
The series finale will be on Sunday at 1pm CST.
Fans can tune into Tulane's flagship station, 106.1 The Ticket, to listen to the live broadcast. Live stats will be made available on TulaneGreenWave.com.
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