April 11, 2010
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane baseball team dropped a 19-1, seven inning decision to Rice on Sunday afternoon at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium to close out their series with the Owls. The Green Wave mustered only four hits and scored their lone run in the sixth inning against Rice starting pitcher Jared Rogers.
"(Today) was disappointing. I feel bad for our fans...and all I can tell you is that we are going to work really hard to get better," said Tulane head coach Rick Jones.
The early lead went to the Owls for the third straight contest a Gunner Wright walked the leadoff batter, followed by back-to-back doubles from Diego Seastrunk and Rick Hague. After a strikeout, a hit batter and a caught stealing, Jimmy Comerota singled up the middle to push RU's lead to 3-0.
Wright didn't make it through the third inning, as he was relieved by Preston Claiborne after walking the only batter he faced to start the inning. Anthony Rendon doubled to plate the first run of the inning and Hague plated the fifth run of the game with his second double of the contest to make it a 5-0 lead.
Wright took the loss to fall to 2-2 on the season. The right-hander threw two innings and allowed four runs on four hits with a pair of walks. He fanned two before giving way to Claiborne, who tossed the next three innings.
Three more runs crossed the plate in the fourth when Jeremy Rathjen blooped a two-RBI double down the right field line and later came around to score on a Rendon single to make it an 8-0 advantage in favor of the visitors.
The lead swelled to 12-0 with a pair of runs in both the fifth and sixth innings, before the Green Wave would get on the board in the bottom of the sixth. Brandon Boudreaux singled with one out in the inning and, after a strikeout, a single from Blake Crohan put two runners on with two outs. After a passed ball moved the runners up one base, Rob Segedin then singled through the left side to score the lone Tulane run.
Boudreaux extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a single in the contest, while Jeremy Schaffer single in the fifth inning to break up the no-hit bid by Rogers. Segedin posted an RBI in his fifth straight contest with the sixth inning scoring single.
Tulane is now 21-12 overall and 5-4 in Conference USA play and will return to the road for a midweek contest at LSU on Wednesday, April 14 with first pitch scheduled for 6:30 p.m. The Green Wave will then host UNLV for a three game set on the Turf at Turchin starting on Friday, April 16 at 6:30. Tickets for the weekend series are available online at www.tulanegreenwave.com or by calling the Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE.