Baseball Can't Overcome Early Deficit in 15-6 Loss in Game One at East Carolina

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Freshman Quinn Pippin Collected His First Career Hit in Game One at East Carolina on Saturday
Freshman Quinn Pippin Collected His First Career Hit in Game One at East Carolina on Saturday

April 3, 2010

GREENVILLE, N.C. - The Tulane baseball team dropped game one of a double-header 15-6 at East Carolina on Saturday afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium. The Green Wave fell behind early, rallied to pull the game close, but ECU's offense was too potent in the first game of a twinbill. Tulane pounded out 13 hits, but a five-run first inning pushed the home Pirates to an early lead that they never relinquished.

East Carolina posted five runs in the bottom of the first inning against Tulane starting pitcher Matt Petiton. A three-run home run from Kyle Roller and a two-RBI double from John Wooten pushed the Pirates out to a 5-0 lead before Petiton could record the first out.

After holding the home team off the scoreboard in the second and third innings, Petiton surrendered a pair of runs on three hits in the fourth. A fielding error by Nick Boullosa in center field allowed the first run to score and Zach Wright pushed the ECU lead to 7-0 with an RBI single.

The Green Wave got on the board in the fifth with a pair of runs against East Carolina starting pitcher Seth Maness. Adam Zabel singled to start the inning and advanced to third on a Brenna Middleton single. Zabel was cut down at home on an infield grounder that allowed Boullosa to reach base and put two runners on with just one out. Brandon Boudreaux stepped in and laced a double into the right-center field gap, scoring both runners and cutting the lead to 7-2.

Petiton's day was finished after a leadoff double to start the bottom of the fifth, as Alex Byo came on in relief. A two-run home run from Austin Homan, an RBI fielders choice by Trent Whitehead and a Corey Thompson RBI single pushed the Pirates lead to 11-2.

Petiton allowed eight runs on ten hits in his seventh start of the season and fell to 1-3 overall in 2010. The senior walked two, struck out a pair in four innings of work.



The Green Wave cut into that lead in the sixth when six straight batters reached base with one out in the inning. Middleton drove in the first run with an RBI single, followed by a bases loaded RBI walk to pinch hitter Karl Mundt. Boudreaux singled to left field to bring in the third run of the frame and Blake Crohan worked a walk with two outs to push the fourth run across the plate. The Olive and Blue would leave the bases loaded, but cut the Pirate lead to 11-6.

ECU posted four more runs in their half of the sixth against Byo and TU reliever Drew Zizinia to push their lead to 15-6.

Byo allowed six runs on six hits in 1.2 innings of relief, with two walks and two strikeouts. Zizinia allowed one run in 1.1 innings and Kyle McKenzie tossed a scoreless eighth inning to close things out on the mound.

Boudreaux collected three hits and drove in three RBI's in game one, while Garrett Cannizaro and Middleton each chipped in a pair of hits in the game. Boudreaux had Tulane's only extra base hit and the Green Wave worked six walks in the contest. Eight of the nine starters collected a hit in the contest and Quinn Pippin collected his first career hit in a pinch hit at-bat in the ninth.