April 27, 2010
NEW ORLEANS - For the second straight start, Matt Petiton gave the Tulane baseball team a superb effort on the mound and some timely hitting helped the Green Wave to a 2-1 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette on Tuesday evening inside Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. Blake Crohan drove in the game winning run with an RBI single in the two-run seventh inning and Nick Pepitone shut the door with a perfect ninth for his fifth save of the season.
"We beat a good club tonight," said Tulane head coach Rick Jones. "We pitched and played defense well enough and got out of some jams to keep ourselves in position to (get the big hit). Segedin had a big night for us and it was good to see Blake get that huge hit for us."
Louisiana-Lafayette opened the scoring in the second inning after Petiton retired the first two batters via strikeout before hitting Tyler Frederick. The Ragin' Cajuns followed with back-to-back singles and Frederick crossed the plate to make it a 1-0 ballgame in favor of the visitors.
The Green Wave loaded up the bases in the bottom of the sixth inning when Rob Segedin and Jeremy Schaffer both singled get things started. After Randall Bulliard retired the next two batters, Garrett Cannizaro was hit by a pitch to put a Wave at every base. Karl Mundt came on to pinch hit and Bulliard coaxed a ground out to end the threat.
"I only have a certain number of games left, so I have to make the most out of all of them," said senior starting pitcher Matt Petiton. "We needed a game like this. We need a close, low scoring game to prove to (ourselves) that we can win these close ballgames. My goal was to keep (the game) as close as possible and I figured that at some point we would get a couple of runs and they came through in the seventh inning. It worked out perfect."
Petiton tossed seven innings and allowed one run on six hits to even his record at 3-3 on the season. He walked two and struck out five to win his second straight midweek start. Ryan Doiron tossed a scoreless eighth and Nick Pepitone threw a perfect ninth, striking out the final batter of the game, to secure the victory for Tulane.
Segedin and Crohan accounted for the two RBI's in the contest, with Segedin reaching base three times in the contest. Cannizaro was on base three times, while Schaffer reached base in back-to-back innings with a walk and a single. Boullosa was on base with a pair of walks in the contest and Boudreaux singled and walked versus the Ragin' Cajuns.
Tulane are now 26-16 overall and will now turn their attention back to Conference USA play as the Golden Eagles of Southern Miss head to the Crescent City for a three-game set. The series will open with a Friday evening contest starting at 7:00 p.m. on the Turf at Turchin, a game that will be televised live on CBS College Sports. Tickets are available online at www.tulanegreenwave.com or by calling the Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE.