Freshman relief pitcher Corey Merrill struck out three in 2.0 innings of work on Wednesday in Hammond, La.
April 9, 2014
HAMMOND, La.- A day after the two teams were originally supposed to play but was pushed 24 hours because of weather, Tulane's baseball squad dropped a contest to Southeastern Louisiana at Pat Kennely Diamond at Alumni Field in Hammond, La., on Wednesday, 5-1.
Tulane (14-17) managed just four hits across the contest, while the Lions (21-12) put together 14 hits behind a solid outing by Southeastern pitcher Kyle Keller. Tulane started freshman Zach Flowers on the mound, and he too had a good effort, fanning two in 3.0 innings of work in his first career start. But the Tulane offense could never get going in what went down as the first official game with interim head coach Jake Gautreau at the helm.
While the Green Wave threatened to put some runs in the board in the later innings, the team totaled one hit through the fifth inning.
"There was some fight in the later innings, but there wasn't (any) early," said Gautreau. "I thought we competed on the mound and did a pretty good job. Zach Flowers started for us, and he didn't have his best stuff, but he competed and he gave us his best effort. At the plate, we need to put everything behind us that has happened and just put together good at-bats."
Tulane sophomore outfielder Richard Carthon, junior first baseman Garrett Deschamp and senior outfielder Andrew Garner all doubled on the day, while freshman third baseman Hunter Hope singled for the only hits by the Green Wave offense on the evening.
Only Carthon came home to score after his double. The Shreveport, La., native doubled into left field in the top of the sixth with one out and then moved to third on a fly out to right field before coming home on a passed ball. However, that run was too little, too late, as the Green Wave ended the inning trailing by a score of what would be the game's final mark.
Southeastern Louisiana jumped out ahead of the Green Wave in the bottom of the third, as Andrew Godbold posted a two-out single into right field that scored Sam Roberson, who reached earlier in the inning on a double to right field.
The bottom of the fourth did Tulane in on the evening. After allowing a single to lead off the frame, Flowers (0-2) was pulled in favor of sophomore reliever Emerson Gibbs, who immediately picked off Kevin Carr at first. However, Gibbs allowed a single to Jacob Williams, who stole second with two outs. On a short chopper to second base by Jacob Seward, Williams took off, and a poor throw by the Tulane infield pulled first baseman Garrett Deschamp off the bag and into the infield dirt, while Williams rounded third and beat out a throw home. Seward stole second and came home on a single by Roberson into right field to give the Lions a 3-0 lead.
The Lions tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the fifth, with one being unearned after an error by the Green Wave infield.
Tulane had a major opportunity to do some damage in the top of the seventh, but came away with no runs when it was all said and done. Hope singled with one out to right field to start things off before moving to second on a walk by freshman outfielder Lex Kaplan. Fellow freshman Hunter Williams also walked to load the bases, but all three runners were left on base after freshman catcher Jake Rogers flied out to shallow left field and freshman second baseman Jake Willsey lined out to left field.
"We had a nice little rally there, and Jake Willsey hit a ball on the screws and we got nothing to show for it," added Gautreau. "It was a good piece of hitting and a good at-bat in a tough spot. It just didn't work. If that ball falls, it's probably a different ballgame."
The Green Wave made some noise in the top of the ninth, as they were able to run Lions' relief pitcher Kyle Cedotal off the mound. Garner doubled into deep center field before Kaplan walked for the third time on the night with one out. With the tying run on deck, the Lions went to the bullpen to bring in Dylan Hills, who was able to strikeout Williams and get Rogers to hit into a game-ending flyout to left field. Hills picked up his second save of the season in the effort.
Freshman pitcher Corey Merrill entered the game in the bottom of the sixth, and held the Lions to just one hit, while striking out three and walking one across 2.0 innings of work. Sophomore reliever Ian Gibaut made his second appearance on the mound of the season with a one-hit eighth inning for the Green Wave.
Keller (3-2) picked up the win, as he struck out seven and walked three while giving up Carthon's run in 7.0 innings of work.
Tulane will return to Greer Field at Turchin Stadium this weekend for a three-game series against Conference USA foe Rice. The opening game of the series will be played at 6:30pm CT on Friday night. Saturday's contest will be at 2pm CT, and the series finale will be at 1pm CT.
All three games will be broadcast on the home of Tulane baseball for the 2014 season, 88.3 FM WRBH.
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