March 25, 2008
HAMMOND, La. - Junior second baseman Seth Henry went 3-for-4 with four RBI, but was cut down at the plate on a botched double-play in the top of the ninth as the Tulane University baseball team dropped game two of the Senator's Cup Series to Southeastern Louisiana, 12-11, Tuesday evening at Alumni Field.
After taking an early 5-1 lead, Tulane saw the Lions come roaring back with a run in the third, two in the fourth and another five in the sixth to give Southeastern a 9-6 advantage. The Wave answered with three runs in the top of the seventh to tie things up, but SLU came right back with two runs in the home half of the inning and another in the eighth to set up the wild finish.
"Seth played great and did the right thing there being aggressive when the ball got away," Tulane head coach Rick Jones said. "It was a deal where if the ball gets away another foot, he's safe. It didn't, and who knows what happens. When you lose one like this, it's tough, but I can't fault our effort in any way.
"It was one of those nights. We got too much of the plate on some of those pitches and Southeastern did a good job of putting good swings on it. It was middle-of-the-week college baseball, so you know there are going to be some runs scored. I thought we did a good job of barreling up some balls too. We put some pressure on them and made them handle it."
Trailing 12-9 after eight innings, Tulane cut the lead to two on Henry's RBI-single to the wall in right and loaded the bases on an infield single by freshman third baseman Rob Segedin. From there, junior designated hitter Andrew Rodgers hit what appeared to be a game ending double-play to second, but the relay throw from Lions' shortstop Ty Summerlin was off the mark.
Junior centerfielder Aja Barto scored on the play and Henry rounded third hard when the ball got away from SLU first baseman Phillip Freeman, but Freeman recovered to throw a dart to the plate and catcher Matthew Schexnayder applied the tag to end the game.
The Southeastern Louisiana brothers of Ty and Casey Summerlin combined to go 5-for-10 with four doubles, a home run and seven RBI. Ty Summerlin hit three doubles and drove in four while Casey Summerlin had a double, a home run and drove in three.
Junior catcher Jared Dyer was the only other Tulane hitter to post a multiple-hit performance, going 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI and three runs scored. Junior first baseman Anthony Scelfo, meanwhile, hit a home run - his third of the year - with a pair of walks.
"I thought our effort today was really good," Jones said. "Southeastern really did a good job of getting into our bullpen. We had some solid at-bats, our energy was good and we never quit, but they just had too many quality at-bats and you have to give them credit for that. It was a tough game for anybody to lose."
The Green Wave jumped out to the early lead as Henry roped a bases-loaded, two-run double up the middle, but the Lions answered in the home half of the inning when SLU centerfielder Cass Hargis opened the stanza with a walk, stole second and scored on an RBI-double by Ty Summerlin to make it 2-1.
Tulane appeared to take control of the game in the second when Scelfo hammered a three-run homer to right to make it 5-1, but Southeastern refused to go away. After stranding a runner at third in the second, the Lions got a run in the third when left fielder Xavier Qualls hit a leadoff homer in the third, and Ty Summerlin made it a one-run ballgame with a two-run double to the gap in right center.
Rodgers belted a solo homer with one out in the sixth, but the Lions came right back with five runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 9-6 advantage. Hargis started the rally with a one-out single, Qualls walked and Ty Summerlin hit his third double of the day to make it a 6-5 ballgame.
Tulane reliever Trey Martin issued an intentional walk to Brandon Street to load the bases and set up the double play, but Ernest - who came on for an injured Josh Cryer in the second - hit a sacrifice fly to center to tie the game and Casey Summerlin hammered a three-run home run to left central to give the Lions a three-run lead.
Like Southeastern did all day, Tulane took a turn answering with a rally of their own as the Green Wave took advantage of a pair of walks, an RBI-double by Dyer, a sacrifice fly by Henry and a wild pitch to tie things up at 9-all.
The tie was short-lived, however, as Hargis belted a two-run homer to right in the bottom of the seventh to give Southeastern the lead for good. Josh Cryer added an RBI single in the eighth to set up the wild finish.
Andrew Velez (1-0) earned the victory after allowing a pair of unearned runs on no hits and two walks in an inning of relief, and Ryan Collins picked up his second save of the season courtesy of the ninth-inning play at the plate. Martin (1-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing six runs (five earned) on six hits and a walk in 1.2 innings of relief.
The Green Wave return to action on Friday, March 28, when they open the Conference USA portion of their schedule with a 7 p.m. showdown against UAB in Birmingham, Ala. Following the three-game weekend series against the Blazers, Tulane returns home on Tuesday, April 1, to take on McNeese State at 6 p.m. at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.
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