March 20, 2007
NEW ORLEANS, La. - After playing 12 straight home games, the Green Wave were welcomed rudely to Maestri Field as the homestanding UNO Privateers tallied 13 hits, including three home runs, to defeat the Tulane University baseball team, 14-2, in game two of the WOW Café & Wingery Cup Tuesday evening.
Privateers' second baseman Johnny Giavotella hammered a three-run homer in the first inning and third baseball T.J. Baxter went 3-for-4 with a pair of homers and for RBI to lead the UNO offense. Starter John Cody, meanwhile, allowed just a pair of hits while striking out seven and walking four in 5.0 solid frames.
"They absolutely out-played us in every phase today," Tulane head coach Rick Jones said. "They came out swinging the bats, they played well defensively, and they had good pitching. You have to tip your hat when someone plays that well against you. The result was we got thumped pretty good.
"We've got to move on past this, but we have to understand that we can't ever not be ready to play. I'm not so sure that we weren't ready to play. We just didn't play very well."
With the loss, Tulane's largest since dropping a 15-1 decision to Cal State Fullerton on March 11, 2005, the Green Wave fall to 16-7 on the year. UNO, meanwhile, improved to 14-9. The loss also evened the 2007 WOW Café & Wingery Cup series at one game apiece and the rubber match slated for May 1.
UNO wasted little time jumping out to the early lead as designated hitter Nick Schwaner and T.J. Baxter posted back-to-back, one-out singles in the first before Giavotella hammered a 3-2 offering from Green Wave starter Matt Goebel over the wall in left to put the Privateers ahead, 3-0.
Tulane avoided the shutout with a two-out RBI double off the bat of junior shortstop Cat Everett, who went 2-for-4 on the day, but Baxter hammered his second two-run bomb of the day to account for the Privateers' final runs. Tulane plated the game's final run in the top of the eighth on an RBI-single by reserve right fielder Jay Ackal.
Goebel (3-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing eight runs on six hits while walking one and striking out three in three-plus innings of work.
The Green Wave return to action on Friday, March 23, when they open Conference USA play against Marshall in Charleston, W.Va., at 6 p.m. (CDT). The two teams will battle again on Saturday at noon before closing out the series at 11 a.m. Tulane's next home game will be Tuesday, March 27, when the Green Wave play host to Nicholls State at 6:30 p.m. at Zephyr Field. For ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at 504-861-WAVE.