April 6, 2010
NEW ORLEANS - It started with the first swing of the bat for the Tulane baseball team and ended with an 8-3 decision over Nicholls State on Tuesday evening on the turf inside Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. Brandon Boudreaux led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run to right-center field and the Green Wave got solid outings from all three pitchers to claim their 20th win of the season.
"Nicholls came out and scored early, took care of the baseball and they threw a lot of different looks at us on the mound. That was a workman like performance from our team," said head coach Rick Jones. "We took care of the ball, pitched well enough and had some good at-bats against some pitchers that were giving us some issues."
The Green Wave took the early lead when Boudreaux extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a leadoff home run to right-center field in the bottom of the first inning. It was the second home run of the season for the freshman and gave Tulane an early 1-0 advantage against the Colonels.
Tulane starting pitcher Gunner Wright allowed the first two runners to reach base for NSU in the second inning and, after a sacrifice bunt, Kevin Schlegel grounded out to push a run across the plate and knotted the contest at 1-1.
The Olive and Blue answered with four runs in their half of the second inning and ended the outing for Nicholls State starting pitcher Ryan Cooper. After retiring the first batter of the inning via strikeout, Cooper allowed three straight hits before collecting the second out. Brennan Middleton and Brian Barry singled and both came around to score on a double down the right field line from Nick Boullosa. After Boullosa scored on a wild pitch, Matt Ryan walked and came around to score on a Segedin single later in the inning.
Wright handed the ball to Ryan Doiron to begin the sixth inning after tossing five innings in his fifth start of the season. The right-hander didn't walk a batter in five innings, allowing two runs on four hits with a pair of strikeouts to improve to 2-1 on the season.
Doiron would allow an unearned run in the eighth when Kasey Culverson reached on an error to start the frame and came around to score on the third RBI groundout for the Colonels. Tulane would answer with a run of their own in the eighth when Middleton walked to start the inning and scored on a groundout from Boudreaux.
Doiron tossed three innings and allowed an unearned run to go along with four strikeouts and three hits allowed. Nick Pepitone came on and threw a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts in his 16th appearance of the series.
In the game, Segedin and Barry each had three hits and hit a home run, while Boudreaux and Boullosa each chipped in two RBI's. Ryan extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a single and a pair of walks, while eight of the nine TU starters had hits and all nine reach base in the victory.
The Olive and Blue are now 20-10 overall and will turn their attention to a weekend matchup with the Rice Owls at Turchin Stadium. Tulane and Rice are tied atop the Conference USA standings with identical 4-2 records, sitting their along with Memphis and UAB, and will square off at 6:30 on Friday, April 9 to open their three game series. Tickets are available online at www.tulanegreenwave.com or by calling the Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE.