March 30, 2010
HAMMOND, La. - A close ballgame eluded the Tulane baseball team on Tuesday evening against Southeastern Louisiana at Alumni Field, as the Green Wave dropped a 3-2 contest versus the nationally-ranked Lions. Brennan Middleton and Matt Ryan each chipped in a pair of hits for the Olive and Blue, but an eighth inning double turned into the winning run for the Lions.
"Southeastern was as athletic of a team that we have seen this season and they took advantage of our mistake and put the ball in play," said Tulane head coach Rick Jones. "We had a couple of chances early to cash in, but with only seven hits, we didn't take advantage of it. We put ourselves in a position where one breakdown can get you beat and it did tonight."
The host Lions struck with two outs in the bottom of the second inning versus Tulane starting pitcher Gunner Wright when Brock Herbert got things started with a two-out single. Herbert came around to score on a Trey Martin double into the left field corner and, after a wild pitch moved Martin to third, Cass Hargis singled up the middle to stake the home team to an early 2-0 lead.
The Green Wave got one of those runs back in the top of the third inning when Nick Boullosa was hit by a pitch to start the frame and moved to third on a hit-and-run single from Matt Ryan. In the next at-bat, Blake Crohan followed with a sacrifice fly to center field to cut the deficit to 2-1.
Wright went 5.1 innings for the Wave in the start before handing the ball to sophomore Ryan Doiron with one out in the sixth. In the outing, Wright allowed two runs on six hits with a walk and a pair of strikeouts in a no decision. Doiron worked into the eighth inning before allowing a one-out double to Herbert, which ended his outing.
The Herbert double was a high chopper that just jumped over the outstretched arms of Rob Segedin at third base and Nick Pepitone entered the game for Tulane. After a Pepitone balk - the first of his career - moved the runner to third, a groundout up the middle forced the run home and pushed SLU ahead 3-2.
Tulane went in order in the ninth against SLU closer Chris Franklin to suffer just their third loss in their last ten games.
Doiron took the loss in the contest to fall to 0-1 on the season with one run allowed in two innings of work. The right-hander allowed just two hits in the outing - striking out two - and surrendered the one run.
In the contest, the Green Wave mustered seven hits and failed to collect an extra base hit for just the second time this season. Middleton was two-for-four with an RBI, while Ryan had a pair of singles in the contest. Boullosa and Boudreaux each reached base twice, but the Olive and Blue stranded seven runners on the base paths in the loss.
Tulane is now 17-9 overall and will continue their four-game road swing with a weekend series in Greenville, N.C. versus East Carolina starting on Friday, April 2. The first pitch of the series opener will take place at 6:00 on Friday evening and you can catch all of the action online or at 690am WIST with play-by-play from Todd Graffagnini.