Aaron Loup threw 7.0 solid innings while punching out eight to tie his career high strikeout record.
April 22, 2009
NEW ORLEANS- The Tulane offense unloaded behind the stellar pitching performance of junior lefty Aaron Loup. Loup, who picked up his second victory of the year, tossed 7.0 fine innings, giving up just three hits and punching out eight UNO hitters, tying a career high for strikeouts. Loup's efforts on the mound were coupled with explosive Green Wave bats, as Tulane (24-17, 5-7 C-USA) put up 15 hits in the contest.
"With six hits in the first inning, we jumped out there," head coach Rick Jones said. "All of them were barreled up pretty good and there were some good swings. It gave us a cushion and we just kept building on it."
Josh Prince (2-4, RBI) came out the gate, swinging at the first pitch from Jake Henderson, driving the ball into the left-center field gap. He promptly stole second and third and easily scored on the RBI single from Scott Powell. With Powell at first, Sam Honeck stepped in and tagged a double to left-center field, scoring Powell and giving Tulane the early 2-0 lead. With one out, Seth Henry stepped in and poked one over the head of shortstop Blake Doty. With runners at the corners, Evan Mistich picked up a RBI after singling to center field, scoring Honeck. Steve Moritz joined the hit parade with a single to right field, scoring Henry and bringing up Drew Allain. Allain got the sac bunt down and Mistich came into score as everyone was safe on the play, giving Tulane the five-run first inning.
Tulane added a lone run in the bottom of the second when Prince again led off the frame, this time with a walk. He stole his third bag of the night to move into scoring position and Powell (3-4, RBI) moved him up an additional base on a single to left. Prince scored on an infield ground ball off the bat on Honeck and the Green Wave led 6-0 after two innings.
The Wave put up a pair in the bottom of the third when Moritz laced a double to center. He moved up a bag on Allain's base knock and later scored on Matt Ryan's ground ball that moved Allain into scoring position. Allain crossed the pay station for the second run of the frame after moving to third on a wild pitch and advancing on Prince's infield hit to give the Wave the 8-0 advantage.
Loup stayed strong throughout, facing just 22 UNO hitters in his 86-pitch outing.
"Loup threw the ball really well," Jones said. "He had good command and tonight, I think one of the things that separated him from his last outing, other than he had good command, was his change-up. He spotted the ball better. He pitched tonight, it wasn't just throwing. He pitched and didn't give them a whole lot of opportunity."
The Green Wave offense was unyielding in the fourth, as Powell opened the inning with a base hit up the middle, bringing up Honeck, who upped his RBI and home run count, taking reliever Tyler Sanders to deep right field for his 15th long ball. The two-run shot put Tulane even further ahead, 10-0.
Tulane put up another crooked number in the bottom of the sixth. The Privateers brought in Justin Cromartie to face the Wave batsmen but Cromartie issued back-to-back walks to Powell and Honeck. Schaffer (2-4, double) singled to left to load the bases for Henry, who took four straight balls and headed to first, scoring Powell. UNO head coach Tom Walter again called on his bullpen, bringing in Kevin DeGrouttola. The Privateer righty retired one before Moritz (2-5, RBI) worked his way on base, scoring Honeck. Nick Boullosa picked up a sacrifice fly to score Schaffer, bringing up a pinch hitter in Jared Dyer. Dyer logged the single to left, plating Henry and putting Tulane up 14-0 at the end of six full.
The Green Wave continued to dominate the Privateers, who drop to 15-25 overall, keeping them scoreless throughout the remaining frames as the Green Wave won the 2009 First NBC Bank Cup Series with the 14-0 victory in game two.
Tulane will get back into conference play this weekend as the Wave play host to Memphis for a three-game set. Game one is scheduled for Friday night with first pitch slated for 6PM.