March 19, 2010
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane baseball team scored the first four runs of the game and Conrad Flynn combined with Nick Pepitone to guide the Green Wave to a 4-1 victory over St. Mary's on Friday evening at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. The contest lasted just one hour and 49 minutes as Flynn didn't allow multiple base runners until the eighth inning and Pepitone retired the only four batters he faced with just 13 pitches.
"We had great pitching and defense tonight," said Tulane head coach Rick Jones. "Defensively it was a crisp game, a fun game to watch. Conrad had really good stuff and Pepitone gave us a big lift there with the strikeout in the eighth and then went right after them in the ninth. We didn't have a lot of great swings from about the fifth inning on, but you have to give credit to their pitcher."
The Olive and Blue got the scoring started in the second inning when Brandon Boudreaux walked to lead off the frame and moved to second on a ground out from Garrett Cannizaro. Matt Ryan then singled through the right side of the infield and an error by the Gaels right fielder allowed Boudreaux to come around to score.
With the lead sitting at 1-0, Boullosa took SMC starting pitcher Mark Anderson over the right-center field wall for his first home run of the season. Blake Crohan followed the solo shot with a walk and Rob Segedin doubled to right center, scoring Crohan, to push the Tulane lead to 3-0.
A solo home run from Brenden Kalfus in the seventh inning gave St. Mary's their lone run of the contest against Flynn, but the Gaels would load the bases in the eighth to end the night for the junior.
In the inning, a pair of singles and a walk loaded the bases with two outs before Tulane brought in junior Nick Pepitone to close things out. Pepitone struck out the final batter of the eighth, looking, to end the threat and then retired the three batters he faced in the ninth to collect his third save of the season.
"It was a really quick game and I just tried to force a lot of contact," Tulane starting pitcher Conrad Flynn said. "The defense played great and really picked us up and the offense came in with some momentum from the weekday games and that carried over to tonight. Hopefully we can keep using that to our advantage."
Flynn tossed 7.2 innings, allowing one run on five hits. The junior walked a pair of batters and fanned three to improve to 2-2 on the season. Pepitone struck out one and didn't allow a hit in 1.1 innings of work to garner either a win or a save in his fifth straight appearance.
The Green Wave stretched their winning streak to seven games with the victory and played their fifth consecutive errorless contest in the field. Segedin was two-for-four on the night with a pair of RBI's to extend his hitting streak to 17 games. The home run was the second for Boullosa in his career, while Boudreaux walked for his team-best 13th time this season.
The Green Wave are now 13-6 overall and will return to the field on Saturday afternoon for a 2:00 contest versus St. Mary's. Tickets for the weekend series are available online at www.tulanegreenwave.com or by calling the Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE.