April 3, 2011
NEW ORLEANS - Houston grabbed an early 4-0 lead against the Tulane baseball team on Sunday afternoon and, even with the Green Wave offense collecting ten hits, the Cougars grabbed a 9-0 victory at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. The top of the Green Wave lineup produced seven hits, but the team couldn't produce any runs in their second shutout of the weekend.
"It was a bad day," said head coach Tulane Rick Jones. "We're not playing good baseball at all in any phase right now. It's hard for everybody to watch and certainly (is hard to watch) for us. I felt like we'd play better today. Our pitching situation rose its head up here. Before these injuries we were able to win close, low-scoring games. We haven't been an offensive club all year, but three runs in four games, certainly we're at a low ebb."
Tulane got the leadoff runner on base in each of the first two innings, but Houston (15-14, 3-0 C-USA) starting pitcher Mo Wiley got a pair of double play balls to get out of the innings.
In the third, the Cougars plated four runs on five hits against Green Wave starter Drew Zizinia, as Caleb Ramsey and Chase Jensen each drove in two RBI's with hits. They added two more runs in the fourth when Ramsey singled with the bases loaded to make it a 6-0 ballgame.
Zizinia threw just 3.2 innings in the start and surrendered six runs on eight hits. The senior didn't walk a batter and struck out two in his second start of the season. Alex Facundus came on and got the final out of the fourth inning, before allowing a run on two hits in the fifth, to complete his outing.
Tulane put multiple base runners on in each of the final three innings, including runners on second and third with one out in the seventh, but were unable to push the base runners across the plate.
"Meaningful hits are the difference," said Jones. "You've got to be able to want to be in a situation where the RBIs are something you can pick up there. And if you look at the difference in our at-bats and even our body language in crunch time versus when the game is out of hand, it is pretty obvious to see."
In the game, Nick Boullosa posted three hits out of the leadoff spot, while Brandon Boudreaux and Blake Crohan each posted a pair of hits. Bowen Woodson tripled in the fifth, while Quinn Pippin and Matt Ryan each singled.
The next game for the Green Wave will come on Tuesday, April 5 when in-state rival LSU travels to New Orleans for a 6:30 contest on the Turf at Turchin.