April 14, 2010
BATON ROUGE, La. - Rob Segedin pushed the Tulane baseball team out to an early 3-0 lead on Wednesday evening at Alex Box Stadium, but the #8 LSU Tigers would rally to post a 10-4 victory in the non-conference tilt. A pair of Green Wave players posted multi-hit games, but the Olive and Blue could not score over the final six innings in the loss.
"When you jump out early here, you certainly feel better than if you fall behind," said Tulane head coach Rick Jones "For the majority of our club it was their first time in this situation and the majority of their guys have been in (this situation) many times before and I think that showed tonight. They are a very experienced and very talented club. We are not going to use the youth card anymore...so we have to learn from this and just move on. We have to build on it, get better and string some things together if we are going to get to the postseason."
The Green Wave opened the scoring in the first inning versus LSU starting pitcher Joey Bourgeios as Brandon Boudreaux flew out for the first out of the contest, but the next three Wave batters would reach base. Matt Ryan walked and moved to third on a well executed hit-and-run by Blake Crohan to put runners on the corners with one out. Segedin then took the first pitch he saw from Bourgeios and sent it sailing into the left field bleachers for his seventh home run of the season, giving the Olive and Blue a 3-0 lead.
Mikie Mahtook opened the scoring for LSU in the first at-bat for the Tigers with his seventh home run of the season against Tulane starter Alex Byo. After Byo retired the next two batters, LSU strung four straight singles together to pull the game even at 3-3. Leon Landry and Tyler Hanover each plated RBI's in the frame and the game headed to the second inning knotted at three runs apiece.
Micah Gibbs walked with one out in the inning and came around to score on a pair of wild pitches and a passed ball to even up the contest. Matt Gaudet reached via walk and crossed the plate on a Hanover double into the right-center field gap. That ended the outing for Byo and Ryan Doiron collected the final out of the frame with a groundball to first base.
LSU extended their lead in the fourth with run producing singles from Blake Dean and Landry to stake to an 8-4 lead. The Tigers added two more runs in the fifth against Doiron and Matt Petition as Mahtook plated a pair of runs with a single up the middle to make it a 10-4 lead in favor of the home team.
Petiton and Drew Zizinia would combine to throw the final three innings scoreless, but the Green Wave couldn't scratch a run across against the LSU bullpen.
Seven different LSU pitchers combined to hold the Tulane offense to six hits and just ten base runners on the night.
Nick Boullosa and Crohan each posted a pair of hits in the contest, with Crohan accounting for the other Tulane RBI in the game. Segedin pushed his second RBI total to 33 with his seventh longball of the season and extended his hitting streak to eight games. Garrett Cannizaro and Ryan each reached base via walk in the game, while the Brandon Boudreaux single accounted for the remainder of the Tulane offense.
The Green Wave fall to 21-13 overall on the season and will entertain the Rebels of UNLV during their Conference USA off weekend. The first pitch on Friday, April 16 is scheduled for 6:30 and tickets are available online at www.tulanegreenwave.com or by calling the Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE.