April 20, 2010
NEW ORLEANS - On a perfect night inside Greer Field at Turchin Stadium, senior Matt Petiton tossed six shutouts innings and relievers Preston Claiborne and Nick Pepitone held #25 Southeastern Louisiana scoreless the rest of the way to give the Tulane baseball team a 6-0 midweek win over the Lions. Rob Segedin opened the scoring with a three-run blast in the first inning and Petiton allowed multiple base runners only once over the first six frames.
"This was probably as complete a game that we have played (this year)," said Tulane head coach Rick Jones. "We had good starting pitching from Matt Petition. He gave us a really good effort. We were really good out of the bullpen...we made all the routine plays and made some tough plays."
Segedin struck with a three-run home run in the first inning for the second straight midweek contest to lift the Green Wave to an early 3-0 advantage. Matt Ryan walked with one out and Blake Crohan doubled down the left field line to put two runners on base. Segedin then hit a moon shot off the top of the scoreboard for his ninth home run of the season to lift the home team to the early lead.
Petiton worked out of a jam in the second inning, when he loaded the bases with one out. The senior got a ground ball up the middle and Quinn Pippin made a sliding stop, flipped to Garrett Cannizaro who tossed across the diamond to Ryan to complete the double play. That would be the only hiccup for Petiton on the night as the Green Wave would stretch the lead later in the game.
With the Green Wave leading 4-0, senior starting pitcher Matt Petiton allowed a leadoff single to start the seventh and was relieved by Preston Claiborne. Petiton threw six innings, allowing five singles and one walk to go along with three strikeouts. The left-hander enjoyed his longest outing since tossing seven innings against Lipscomb on February 24 and is now 2-3 on the season.
Jeremy Schaffer added two RBI's in the seventh inning when he doubled to deep left-center field to push the Olive and Blue ahead 6-0. The inning started with two outs as Ryan, Crohan and Segedin all walked to load the bases for the sophomore catcher. He delivered his four, bases loaded hit of the season and pushed his season RBI total to 31.
Claiborne tossed two perfect innings and struck out three before Nick Pepitone came on to close the door with three outs in the ninth. Claiborne threw a perfect two innings with three strikeouts, while Pepitone walked and hit a batter but didn't allow a run in one inning of work.
In the contest, Boullosa had a pair of singles and scored a run, while Ryan singled and was walked twice by Lion pitchers. Segedin was one-for-two with the home run and a pair of walks to move his average to .426 on the season. Schaffer and Crohan each doubled and walked, Boudreaux singled and Pippin had an eighth inning walk to account for the 13 TU base runners.
The Green Wave improve to 24-14 overall and will return to action on Friday, April 23 at Memphis. The first pitch is schedule for 6:30 at FedEx Park on the Memphis campus and can be heard on WIST 690 AM with Todd Graffagnini calling all the action live.