Redshirt junior Randy LeBlanc fanned five in 7.0 innings in the rain/snow-shortened game against Marshall
March 30, 2014
CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Inclement weather that forced the suspension of game two at the top of the eighth inning for Tulane baseball on Saturday morning against Marshall has continued, making the game final by a score of 2-1 in favor of the Thundering Herd while also causing the cancellation of game three of the series in Charleston, W. Va.
Tulane (13-13, 5-6) and Marshall (8-16, 5-6) were knotted through the bottom of the seventh on Saturday during game two before Marshall scored the go-ahead run before the tarps were pulled because of rain. The skies had opened earlier in the contest, but the rain came and went before a steady downpour forced the suspension.
With the score tied at one In the bottom of the seventh, Marshall's Aaron Bossi doubled down the left field line with two outs off Tulane starter Randy LeBlanc. A jam shot by Robert Fajardo into left field scored Bossi from second, as Green Wave outfielder Richard Carthon's throw from left was just a second late. Bird grounded out to shortstop to keep Fajardo from doing any more damage.
Marshall got on the board first in the bottom of the third to take a 1-0 lead. Centerfielder Corey Bird reached on a fielder's choice for the second out of the inning before advancing to second on a wild pitch. A single to right field by Sergio Leon scored Bird from second base, although the throw from Tulane right fielder Grant Brown was close.
Tulane tied it up in the top of the fifth, as Carthon golfed a single up the middle before scoring from first on freshman shortstop Stephen Alemais' first-career triple to right field. Junior first baseman Garrett Deschamp hit a sharp line drive to third, but a diving attempt on the hit by Marshall's Aaron Bossi knocked the ball down to make the play at first while keeping Alemais at third. Marshall starting pitcher Matt Margaritonda recorded a strikeout to get out of the inning.
Before Marshall took the game's initial lead, Tulane had a chance to break things open in the bottom of the third. With two outs, Alemais walked and stole second before Margaritonda walked Deschamp and freshman third baseman Hunter Hope to load the bags. However, Margaritonda was able to get an infield pop fly, leaving the bases full of Green Wave runners.
LeBlanc (2-2) was credited with the loss in the weather-shortened game despite fanning five and walking just one in 7.0 innings. Margaritonda went 6.2 innings with eight strikeouts and five walks in the no decision.
Relief pitcher Caleb Ross (1-0) pitched to Carthon with two outs in the top of the seventh, inducing a fly ball and picking up his first win on the year.
Tulane collected three hits in the contest: a single by Carthon, a double by senior outfielder Andrew Garner and the aforementioned triple by Alemais.
The two-loss series to Marshall marks the first time Tulane has dropped a series to the Thundering Herd. The two programs have been playing one another since 2006.
The Green Wave will return to action on Tuesday, April 1 when they travel to Lafayette, La., for a matchup against nationally-ranked Louisiana-Lafayette. First pitch is scheduled for 6pm CT. The game will be broadcast on the home of Tulane baseball for the 2014 season, 88.3 FM WRBH.
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