Freshman outfielder Lex Kaplan went 2-for-4 at the dish at LSU on Tuesday
April 22, 2014
BATON ROUGE, La. -Tulane could not find the same magic they had against LSU on March 25 when they notched a 3-2 win at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium, as the Green Wave fell to the No. 6-ranked Tigers, 6-0, on Tuesday at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.
Tulane (15-23) was shutout for the sixth time on the season, as LSU (31-10-1) recorded their 13th shutout on the year. Tulane left 12 runners on base throughout the contest, but two freshmen notched multi-hit games: outfielder Lex Kaplan and second baseman Jake Willsey, who both went 2-for-4 at the plate.
"You're not going to win games if you don't score runs," said Tulane baseball interim head coach Jake Gautreau. "We just haven't done enough in games to score runs. We aren't going to feel sorry for ourselves, or put our heads down."
Tulane starting pitcher, redshirt senior Tyler Mapes, pitched 5.1 innings, while allowing 12 hits and six earned runs, making just his second midweek start of the season on account of his scheduled start from this past weekend getting rained out. Mapes (4-3) was credited with the loss in the contest.
The Green Wave knocked on the door throughout the game, and it started early. Tulane got to LSU starter Kyle Bouman, as senior outfielder Andrew Garner walked in the top of the second to lead off the frame before he moved to second on LSU's first balk of the year. Kaplan singled to left field to move Garner to third base, but with two outs, junior first baseman Tyler Wilson- making just his second start of the season - hit a line drive right into Bouman's stomach, and he was able to find the ball on the mound to throw Wilson out at first.
LSU took the first lead of the game, as they collected three hits on their way to a run in the bottom half of the second, as designated hitter Sean McMullen hit a double off the left field wall off Mapes to lead things off. Alex Bregman moved McMullen to third base on a line drive right over the outstretched hand of Jake Willsey at second base, and Jake Fraley brought McMullen in on a similar hit over junior Garrett Deschamp, who got the start at shortstop on the evening.
Fraley did more damage in the bottom of the third, as he had a two-RBI single through the right side to extend LSU's lead to 3-0. In the bottom of the fourth, Tyler Moore singled to center field, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and came home on a ground out to give LSU their fourth run of the contest.
The Green Wave made some noise in the top of the fifth. With one out, Tulane designated hitter Barry Buchowski recorded his first-career double, and he moved to third on a two-out single to right field by freshman second baseman Jake Willsey, who then recorded his first-career stolen base as he moved to second. Bouman loaded the bases as he plunked Carthon, and LSU went to the bullpen for reliever Zac Person, who was able to induce an inning-ending pop fly to right field to end Tulane's threat.
With two outs in the top of the sixth, freshman third baseman Hunter Hopewalked, and Kaplan hit a hard-single that ricocheted off the glove of LSU third baseman Christian Ibarra into the outfield. Like the fifth, though, Tulane left the two runners on base, as LSU went to the pen for Brady Domangue, who struck out the final batter of the inning.
In the bottom of the sixth, Mapes was pulled after allowing two singles, and was replaced by Brady Wilson on the hill. Mark Laird doubled into left center, scoring Ibarra, and Wilson intentionally walked Connor Hale to load the bases. McMullen drove a fly ball deep to left field that was caught on the warning track by Carthon, but it was far deep enough to score Andrew Stevenson from third on what would be a sacrifice fly. Tim Yandelthen replaced Wilson the bump, and the sophomore righty was able to get out of the rest of the inning unscathed.
Former Tulane pitcher Nate Fury- who was the losing pitcher in the contest between the two teams earlier in the season - stranded two runners in the top of the eighth after he plunked Garner and walked Hope.
Sophomore reliever Ian Gibautmade just his fourth appearance of the season, as he worked the bottom of the eighth. He struck out three. Person (2-1) got the win in the game, going 1.0 inning and striking out one.
Tulane finished the game like they started it: by putting runners on base. Three singles in the contest by Wilson, Willsey and Carthon loaded the bases off LSU closer Joe Broussard, but he was able to shut the door by retiring the last two batters of the game on a strikeout and a ground out, respectively.
Kaplan's multi-hit game was his third of the season, and the third in as many weeks.
The Green Wave will return to the diamond on Friday, as they will host non-conference opponent Wichita State for a three-game series at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. Friday's game will begin at 6:30pm, followed by a 2pm CT Saturday start and a 1pm CT Sunday tilt. All three games will be broadcast on the home of Tulane baseball for the 2014 season, 88.3 FM WRBH.
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