April 19, 2011
NEW ORLEANS - Wade Konvicka pushed through five innings in his second career start and the Tulane baseball team got hits from all nine starters for the first time this season in their 13-8 victory over Southeastern Louisiana on Tuesday night under the lights of Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. Konvicka fanned five batters and picked up his first career victory, while Bowen Woodson plated three RBI's in the contest.
"It was a long game, just like the old days," said Tulane head coach Rick Jones. "It was not a pretty game, but it was a competitive one. We had some balls fall and got some good at-bats (late in the game). Wade gave us an incredible performance tonight, no question about it. (Wade) competed and kept us in the ballgame. Gunner (Wright) got us out of the inning after he gave up the home run and D.J. (Ponder) got the ground ball in the eighth and then gutted it out in the ninth inning."
Woodson got the Green Wave on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning against Southeastern Louisiana (24-14) starting pitcher Matt Pittari to make it 2-0 after the first inning. Jeremy Schaffer got things started with his 19th double of the season and Blake Crohan put runners on the corners with a single to third base. Woodson then doubled off the wall in right field, scoring both runners, but was gunned down at third base to end the frame.
The Lions scored an unearned run in the top of the second when Josh Cryer reached on a fielding error and eventually came around to score. Cryer moved from first to third on a Cass Hargis single and scored on a groundout by Cody Gougler against Konvicka.
A Brandon Boudreaux double got the fourth inning started with one out and he later scored the fourth Tulane (22-15) run when Nick Schneeberger singled up the middle. Pittari was relieved by Dylan Hills with two outs in the inning and struck out Nick Boullosa to hold the Green Wave lead at 4-1.
Southeastern Louisiana scored two in the fifth inning and three in the sixth against Konvicka, as they Lions failed to hit a ball out of the infield in the sixth, but led 6-4 entering the bottom of the inning. Justin Boudreaux's sacrifice fly and an RBI single from Jeff Harkensee pulled the Lions within one and three bunt hits, an infield single and a safety squeeze pushed the Lions ahead, 6-4.
The Green Wave wasted no time retaking the lead against the SLU bullpen, as the first three batters reached base against Hills. Jason Greenleaf entered with the bases loaded and struck out the first batter he faced, but Matt Ryan drove in a pair of runs with a single to tie the game at six runs apiece. Schaffer gave Tulane the lead with an RBI ground out and Crohan doubled to make it an 8-6 contest in favor of the home team.
Harkensee pulled the Lions within one run with his eighth home run of the season against Gunner Wright in the seventh and SLU had two runners on with two out when D.J. Ponder came in to induce a ground ball that got Tulane out of the inning still leading 8-7.
The bottom of the eighth inning sealed the victory for the Olive and Blue, as the first seven hitters reached base. Boullosa singled and Ryan walked before Schaffer singled in the first run of the inning. After a Crohan single loaded the bases, Woodson, Quinn Pippin, Frank Florio and Middleton all drove in RBI's to extend the Green Wave lead to 13-7.
Ponder surrendered a run in the ninth, but avoided the big inning to collect his first career save.
Konvicka (1-0) threw six innings in the start, allowing six runs on eight hits in his first career victory on the mound. The left-hander struck out a career-high five batters and walked three in just his second start of the season. Wright tossed one and two thirds innings and allowed a run on two hits with one strikeout, while Ponder allowed the one run on two hits.
All nine Green Wave starters collected hits, while Pippin and Florio each had hits off the bench, and seven of the nine starters collected RBI's. Crohan led the way with three hits, while Woodson paced players with three RBI's. Four different players scored two runs in the game and four different Tulane hitters drove in two RBI's in their second highest scoring game of the season.
Overall, the offense tied their season-best hit output - they also collected 17 hits at Southern Miss - along with collecting six doubles and 13 RBI's, which each tie a season-high, too. Boullosa also stole his tenth base of the season in the contest.
The Green Wave will now have a day off before starting a three-game series with Utah on Thursday evening. Tulane will entertain the Utes at 6:30 on Thursday, April 21, play a 6:30 contest on Friday and close out the series with an 11:00 a.m. start on Saturday.