April 27, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane baseball came up short in their quest to sweep Wichita State on Sunday at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium, as the Shockers scored 10 runs on as many hits in the game, giving Tulane a 10-3 loss after winning the first two games in the series on walk off hits.
Tulane (17-23) fell behind in the top of the third inning, as Wichita State's (22-21) Tanner Dearman hit a single into left field on a hit-and-run with Zair Koeiman aboard. Koeiman made it to third, but a bobble in the outfield by a Tulane defender allowed Koeiman to scamper home for the game's first run before Dearman moved to third on a wild pitch dealt by Tulane senior starting pitcher Tyler Mapes. Dearman followed Koeiman to the plate on an RBI-single from Garrett Bayliff.
In the top of the sixth, Wichita State added another three runs, which was all they needed when the game was all said and done, despite Tulane putting three runs on the board in the last three frames. The Tulane infield allowed Bayliff to reach on an error to lead off the third before Tulane sophomore relief pitcher Emerson Gibbs walked Casey Gillaspie and allowed an RBI-double to Tyler Baker. Senior Andrew Garner - who started the game at designated hitter - relieved Gibbs, and he allowed a two-RBI single to Micah Green to give the Shockers a 5-0 lead.
As a team, Tulane made four defensive errors, while only collecting four hits. Tulane junior first baseman Garrett Deschamp notched two of those hits on his way to a 2-for-4 day.
"We just didn't play good baseball today," said Tulane baseball interim head coach Jake Gautreau. "I thought we were sloppy on defense. There were some plays that we should have made that were not made. We didn't take care of the baseball in big situations. We didn't hit or have very good at-bats. Overall, this was a day we didn't play very good, which is frustrating because we played very well during the first two games."
Tulane first got on the board in the bottom of the seventh. After Wichita State added a run to their lead in the top half of the frame, Tulane freshman second baseman Jake Willsey doubled to left field to lead off the bottom of the seventh before advancing to third on a fly out and coming home on a sacrifice fly from Garner.
Tulane freshman reliever Zach Flowers allowed a three-run home run off the bat of Koeiman in the top of the eighth, and the Shockers added another run in the ninth on a sacrifice fly by Baker to go up 10-1.
Wichita State replaced starting pitcher Sam Tewes, who tossed 8.0 innings of three-hit ball, in the bottom of the ninth with Drew Palmer, who allowed a single to Deschamp, sandwiched between plunking Tulane sophomore outfielder Richard Carthon and Garner to load the bases. Palmer subsequently walked Tulane freshman third baseman Hunter Hope to bring Carthon in before walking fellow freshman Lex Kaplan to score Deschamp. However, Palmer was able to retire the final batter of the game on a ground out to help his team avoid a sweep at the hands of the Green Wave.
Mapes (4-4) was credited with the loss after pitching 3.0 innings and allowing five hits and two earned runs. He recorded one strikeout. Tewes (7-2) picked up the win while striking out seven.
Gibbs pitched 2.1 innings and allowed three runs - two earned - while allowing one hit and one walk in addition to striking out one. Garner notched 1.2 innings of work and allowed one unearned run on one hit, while also striking out one.
Flowers and freshman reliever Tyler Zamjahn recorded an inning a piece to close out the game, with Flowers giving up three runs and one hit while walking one. Zamjahn gave up two hits and allowed one run while walking one and striking out one.
In addition to Deschamp's 2-for-4 performance, and Willsey's double, freshman shortstop Stephen Alemais secured the other hit for the Green Wave on the day. He singled in the bottom of the sixth.
The Green Wave will return to action on Tuesday, April 29 against Nicholls State for a 6:30pm CT first pitch at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. The game will be broadcast on the home of Tulane baseball for the 2014 season, 88.3 FM WRBH, and live stats will be made available through GameTracker on the TulaneGreenWave.com baseball schedule page.
Single game tickets are available for the contest. For more information on tickets, call 504-861-WAVE (9283), or visit the James W. Wilson, Jr. Center's first-floor ticket office.
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