April 1, 2011
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane baseball team has the leadoff runner on base in four innings and senior starting pitcher Conrad Flynn allowed just two runs in eight innings of work, but the Green Wave were shutout for the second time in the last three games in a 2-0 loss to Houston.
"Three hits, one run unearned," said Tulane head coach Rick Jones. "You get three hits and you make two errors and it's just tough. Conrad pitched well enough to win certainly. Facundus made two great pitches in the crunch time. But you see we've been so anemic offensively, and it just puts so much pressure on everything. (The game) was tough (tonight)."
The third inning was the only hiccup on the score sheet for Flynn on Friday night, as the right-hander allowed nine hits and didn't walk a batter for the 16th time in 35 career starts. In the third, however, Flynn gave up a leadoff double, which was followed by a failed pickoff attempt to move the runner to third base. With one out, Landon Appling doubled to drive in the first run of the game and just one pitch later stole third and came in to score on a throwing error by catcher Jeremy Schaffer.
Tulane (18-8, 1-3 C-USA) put the leadoff runner on base four times in the contest, but left that runner stranded on first in two of those innings and couldn't push the runner in from second, twice. Nick Boullosa walked to start the first inning, but was erased on a caught stealing, and singled to start the sixth and was stranded on first by Houston (13-14, 1-0 C-USA) starting pitcher Matt Creel.
Flynn, who started his 35th career games on the mound, allowed the two runs - just one earned - on nine hits and didn't allow a free pass in the contest. He struck out six batters and allowed runs in just the one inning to fall to 2-4 on the season.
"He pitched well. In the inning they scored the runs, he got a couple of balls up, but he settled back in and then he gave us the deepest he's gone into a game. His pitch count was 110. He was very economical with his pitches. He certainly pitched well enough to win, but we've scored one run in three games."
The offense was led by Boullosa nd Schaffer, who were each on base twice, while Brandon Boudreaux and Pippin also collected hits. Boullosa singled and walked, while Schaffer walked and was hit by a pitch in the game.
The Green Wave and Cougars will the second game of a three-game series on Saturday afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 2:00.