Senior Andrew Garner had a bases-clearing triple in the bottom of the eighth against UNO on Wednesday
March 19, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane baseball fell to New Orleans, 7-3, at Maestri Field at First NBC Ballpark on Wednesday evening for a game in the First NBC Bank Cup series, but not before the Green Wave put up a fight on the field in the bottom of the eighth much to the dismay of the Privateers' club and fans.
With four UNO (5-12) pitchers combining to throw a no-hitter through 7.2 innings, Tulane (10-10) freshman shortstop Stephen Alemais laid down a bunt for an infield single off UNO pitcher Raymond Winter. After a visit to the mound from a UNO coach, Winter plunked Green Wave sophomore outfielder Richard Carthon with his very next pitch, riling up the crowd and the two dugouts while earning him an ejection. The bunt was not a lost cause, either, as freshman second baseman Jake Willsey walked to load the bases before senior outfielder cleared them with a triple to center field.
Tulane trailed 7-3 heading into the top of the ninth, and freshman third baseman Hunter Hope singled to right field to lead things off. The Jupiter, Fla., native moved to second when pinch-hitting freshman Barry Buchowski reached on an error, putting the tying run in the on-deck circle. However, Alemais, who got the action started for the Green Wave, fouled out to UNO catcher Brian Dixon to seal the victory for the Privateers.
The Green Wave got off to a rocky start in the contest after allowing four runs in the bottom of the first. Tulane starting pitcher Brady Wilson didn't make it out of the first after allowing three hits and four earned runs after facing just seven batters. On top of that, Tulane faced solid pitching from UNO starter Hunter Medine, who earned the victory on the night after pitching 5.0 innings of shutout, hitless baseball.
"UNO played well, and I really commend them on that," said Tulane baseball head coach Rick Jones. "Medine really pitched well. We were no-hit through six innings by a lefty at East Carolina this past weekend, and tonight's guy reminded me a lot of him. Medine really pitched well. I will say that I refuse to believe that we aren't a better club. We just have to show it. We haven't played well enough. We hit some balls hard at some guys tonight, but that's baseball. We just have to keep working."
After Wilson (0-1) was chased from the game, freshman reliever Zach Flowers came to the mound to pitch 3.1 innings, striking out one and walking two while allowing two hits. Fellow freshman J.P. France entered the game in the bottom of the fifth and allowed one unearned run after UNO right fielder Hezekiah Randolph reached on an error and eventually scored.
France fanned three and allowed just one hit in 2.0 innings of work.
Freshman righty Tyler Zamjahn came on in the seventh inning, and nearly performed a feat of which the likes are not often seen in baseball. The Brother Martin product struck out Trevor McCarthy to lead off the inning, but a passed ball allowed McCarthy to reach first base. Zamjahn went on to strike out the next two batters in Randolph and Reese Kanter. Looking for the rare four-strikeout inning, Zamjahn walked the next two batters, including one on a full count before allowing a two-run single to Dixon to give UNO their sixth and seventh runs of the game.
Alex Massey pitched the final inning for Tulane, allowing one hit. New Orleans used five pitchers on the evening, including Medine (2-0), Alex Smith, Darron McKigney and Seth Laigast.
But it was the actions of Winter that heated up the crowd, while putting a charge in the Green Wave club.
"Coach Maestri and I both talked after the game," added Jones. "We've both been doing this a long, long time. We know that college kids are going to do some things that you shouldn't do. That just happens. Tonight was just two teams going after it to win a game."
Tulane will return home for a three-game series against Conference USA foe Middle Tennessee over the weekend. Friday's first pitch is scheduled for 6:30pm CT, while Saturday's contest will begin at 2pm CT. The series finale will be at 1pm CT. All three games will be broadcast on the home of Green Wave baseball for the 2014 season, 88.3 FM WRBH.
Fans can also follow live stats on GameTracker at TulaneGreenWave.com for the series.
All weekend long, fans can donate a bag of Mardi Gras beads and receive a ticket voucher for a future Green Wave baseball game, excluding the March 25 contest against LSU. On Saturday, March 22, it will be Father/Son Day at the ballpark, where fans can buy one adult ticket and get one youth ticket free.
On Sunday, March 23, the `National Anthem Girl' will be at the ballpark to sing the Star Spangled Banner. Janine Stange is attempting to sing the National Anthem in all 50 states, and currently has 31 states to go. It will also be Academy Sports Kids Day on Sunday, where kids can stand next to their favorite players during the National Anthem while also running the bases postgame.
Lastly, the Green Wave baseball team will shave their heads after Sunday's contest to raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer through the Vs. Cancer Foundation. Fans can donate to the organization inside of the stadium up to the third inning during all three games this weekend.
For more information on the Vs. Cancer Foundation, and how you can help the effort of founder Chase Jones on making a difference in the lives of pediatric cancer patients, please visit www.vs-cancer.org. To make a donation to Tulane's team page for the Vs. Cancer Foundation, please visit tulane.vs-cancer.org. At that page, one can make a donation to the team as a whole, or one's donation can be credited directly to the fundraising page of any of the Green Wave baseball players' pages.
Fans can follow the Tulane baseball program on Twitter (@GreenWaveBSB) or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GreenWaveBaseball.