Freshman Lex Kaplan went 2-for-3 at the plate on Saturday in a 5-0 loss to UTSA
April 5, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - Despite collecting nine hits on the day, Tulane's baseball squad fell to UTSA in game three of the Conference USA series, 5-0, as the Roadrunners' starting pitcher Justin Anderson went the distance while striking out ten at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium on Saturday morning.
Tulane (14-16, 6-8) managed to put together nine hits - just three shy of the total the Green Wave put together in two games during Friday's doubleheader - but all nine hits were singles, and the Tulane base runners were not able to get past second base in the loss to UTSA (21-11, 8-4). Tulane last had nine hits in a contest eight games ago when they posted a 2-1 win over Middle Tennessee in extra innings on March 22. However, Anderson (3-1) walked just one batter on the mound, while throwing the second complete game for the Roadrunners on the weekend.
"It's frustrating when you come out and work on some things in practice and it doesn't carry over in the game," said Tulane baseball associate head coach Chad Sutter. "We're here to figure out what it is. I feel we're an extremely talented team. The good thing about this loss, if there is a good thing, is that we have a couple days to kind of reflect on it and try to get stuff righted. And we're going to do that, and as a coaching staff we're going to be on them and get after it. We're going to work on the things we need to work on to try and get these guys better. We just have to keep grinding"
Three Tulane hitters in sophomore outfielder Richard Carthon, freshman second baseman Jake Willsey and freshman outfielder Lex Kaplan posted two-hit days. Kaplan's performance was the first multi-hit game in his collegiate career.
Redshirt sophomore Alex Massey got the start on the mound for the Green Wave, and he pitched well during the first two frames. In the top of the third with one runner on, Massey (1-4) hit his first bump in the road when UTSA's Horacio Correa III looped a shot into shallow left field that fell right in front of a diving Carthon. Correa III made it all the way to third on a triple, and Mitchell Matulia scored the only run UTSA would end up needing on the day.
In the fourth inning, Massey was pulled after giving up back-to-back singles to lead off the inning. Freshman reliever J.P. France - who picked up his first collegiate save in the second game of Friday's doubleheader - came on in relief of Massey, and both runners immediately moved up a base on a sacrifice bunt. With one out on the board, the Roadrunners' John Bormann laced a two-run double to left field to triple UTSA's lead.
During the next frame, R.J. Perucki hit a sacrifice fly off France to score John Welborn from third, and Mike Warren was able to single home Correa III for the fifth and final run of the game.
Massey pitched 3.0 innings in the loss, allowing four hits and three earned runs while striking out four and walking one. France went 2.0 innings, giving up three hits and two earned runs, while walking and striking out one.
Tulane used four pitchers in the final four innings of the game, with each throwing a frame. Freshman Zach Flowers and sophomore Tim Yandel both allowed one hit while striking out one in the sixth and seventh, respectively.
Sophomore Ian Gibaut made his season debut in the eighth inning, fanning two and allowing one hit. A 2013 Freshman All-American, Gibaut has been on the shelf with a forearm injury through the first half of the season.
Senior Andrew Garner pitched the last inning of the game.
The Green Wave will hit the road on Tuesday, April 8 as they will travel north on I-55 to take on the Southeastern Louisiana Lions at 6pm CT at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field. The two teams met on March 18 in New Orleans, and the Lions came out on top in that contest, 6-3.
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