Baseball Falls 3-1 to Rice in Series Opener

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Jeremy Schaffer Posted his 16th Multi-Hit Game of the Season on Friday
Jeremy Schaffer Posted his 16th Multi-Hit Game of the Season on Friday

April 15, 2011

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HOUSTON, Texas - The Tulane baseball team couldn't push a run across after taking an early 1-0 lead in the second inning and Rice scored three unanswered runs to grab the series opener 3-1 on Friday (April 15) evening at Reckling Park. The Green Wave collected six hits and walked five times, but stranded nine runners on base in the loss.

"Offensively we didn't cash in," said Tulane head coach Rick Jones. "We had six hits and two (scoring) opportunities, ut we weren't able to cash in. We saw a few outstanding arms and we knew that they were going to do that. Conrad (Flynn) had one of his best career performances tonight. He made some great pitches, got (Anthony) Rendon to hit into a double play and struck him out. It's a shame, but when you pitch on Friday night you know that you are going to be facing another guy (like that) on the other side."

Tulane (20-14, 3-7 C-USA) opened the scoring in the second inning with a single run against Rice (25-13, 7-3 C-USA) starting pitcher Austin Kubitza. Brandon Boudreaux walked with one out in the frame and Frank Florio drove him home with a double to straight-away center field to give the Green Wave an early lead.

Rice would even things up in the third inning against Tulane starter Conrad Flynn, but three hits in the frame equated to just one run against the senior right-hander. A Ryan Lewis double started things with one out and Keenan Cook singled up the middle to knot the score at one run apiece.

Tulane put its first two runners on base in the sixth, but couldn't get the bunt down successfully - marking the first out of the inning - and a double play ball got Kubitza out of the inning with the score still knotted at 1-1.



Tulane put a pair of runners on base with one out in the seventh, ending Kubitza's outing after six and one-thirds innings, and Rice reliever Tony Cingrani struck out Nick Boullosa and walked Matt Ryan to load the base. Cingrani got Jeremy Schaffer to swing at a third strike and the two teams dredged on in the 1-1 affair.

Flynn exited after seven sterling innings of work in the start. The senior struck out seven batters, walked two and allowed one run on eight hits in the no decision.

Andrew Garner entered on the mound for Tulane to start the eighth and Michael Ratterree singled to greet the freshman. A sacrifice bunt moved Ratterree to second and Michael Fuda followed with a double down the right field line to give Rice their first lead of the game. Shane Hoelscher slapped a single up the middle, plating Fuda, and after a Derek Hamilton single, Garner was relieved by David Napoli. The left-hander walked the first batter, but struck out the final two batters of the inning to hold the Owls lead at 3-1.

Garner allowed two runs on four hits in one-third of an inning to fall to 1-1 on the year for Tulane.

Cingrani (2-1) picked up the win with one and two thirds inning of relief, allowing just two walks and striking out three. Tyler Duffey picked up his first save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning.

Schaffer extended his hitting streak to six games, going two-for-four, and posted his 16th multi-hit game of the season. Ryan walked twice in the game and Garrett Cannizaro signeld and walked.

The Conference USA series will continue at Rice on Saturday, April 16 afternoon starting at 2:00 inside Reckling Park.