Matt Ryan Extended His Hitting Streak to 10 Games on Sunday at Southern Miss
March 27, 2011
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - After an emotional contest on Saturday, the #20-ranked Tulane baseball team just couldn't carry their momentum into the Sunday (March 27) contest at Southern Miss, losing 12-0 in seven innings at Pete Taylor Park. Matt Ryan posted the teams only hit, a single in the fourth, as the Green Wave dropped their first weekend series of the season in the Conference USA opener.
"I felt like our energy level didn't match theirs and, obviously, (Southern Miss) got a great pitching performance," said Tulane head coach Rick Jones. "A one hitter. But we didn't create too many pressure situations on him. The end result was that they won the series and they are an outstanding ball club, the best team we have played all year. I believe in our club and I think that if we can get a little healthier on the mound we will be fine."
The Golden Eagles (18-5, 2-1 C-USA) put two runs on the board in each of the first three innings and, after scoring two runs with no outs in the third, ended the afternoon for Tulane (18-6, 1-2 C-USA) starting pitcher Robby Broach in the fourth. USM eventually scored a third run against reliever D.J. Ponder in the fourth inning to close the book on Broach. The redshirt-junior tossed three innings, allowing nine runs - just six earned - on nine hits with four strikeouts.
Ponder got out of the fourth inning and allowed just the one inherited runner to score, but in the fifth the Golden Eagles loaded the bases with no outs. A walk to Chase Fowler pushed the tenth run of the game across the plate and Andrew Garner entered the game as the third Tulane relief pitcher. A sacrifice fly accounted for the 11th run of the game and Garner got a double play to end the frame and hold the Southern Miss lead at 11-0.
Southern Miss then tact on a run versus Garner in the sixth as the freshman allowed two hits in his two innings of work to close out the game on the mound. Geoffrey Thomas threw all seven scoreless innings and surrendered just one hit and two walks to earn his fifth victory of the season for the Golden Eagles.
Tulane will a pair of midweek games inside Greer Field at Turchin Stadium, playing on Tuesday, March 29 against New Orleans and Wednesday, March 30 versus FIU. Both games will start at