March 17, 2009
New Orleans- The Green Wave struggled Tuesday, as they fell to in-state rival Southeastern Louisiana in game one of the 2009 Senator's Cup, 5-3 at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.
"We lost one that we needed to win and that puts tomorrow in a must-win situation for us," head coach Rick Jones said. "We can't continue to dig ourselves into this kind of hole and have a steep hill to climb out of late."
Tulane (11-8) hopped on the board early, posting a lone run in the second inning when Jeremy Schaffer doubled to left center and subsequently scored when Evan Mistich stepped in and ripped a single to left field, plating Schaffer and giving Tulane the 1-0 advantage.
But the Lions of Southeastern answered back with a three-spot in the top of the third that began with a two-out walk to Cass Hargis. Hargis advanced to second on a wild pitch and Ty Summerlin singled up the middle, scoring Hargis. Brandon Street follow Summerlin and took a Taylor Rogers (1-1) offering to deep right field to add two the column and giving the Lions the 3-1 lead.
Tulane picked up another lone run in their half of the fifth, when Drew Allain (1-3) knocked a two-out single up the middle. Josh Prince took next pitch back up the box, to put runners at first and second for Nick Boullosa (1-3, RBI), who followed suit with a single of his own and scoring Allain to bring Tulane within one, 3-2.
Not to be outdone, the Lions picked up another run via the long ball, a home run off the bat of Josh Cryer that ricocheted off of the left field pole in the top of the sixth and tallied another run in the top of the ninth, extending their lead 5-2. The Green Wave mustered up a run in the bottom of the ninth when Sam Honeck recorded his sixth home run and 27th RBI, taking a 3-1 pitch to deep right field, bringing the Wave within two but Tulane couldn't find the additional runs needed for the midweek win.
The Wave will look to get back in the win column, taking on Southeastern Wednesday evening in Hammond. First pitch is scheduled for 6PM and the game will be broadcast on WRBH 88.3FM.