Offensive Struggles Continue for Baseball in 4-2 Loss to Southern Miss on Saturday

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Robby Broach Tossed Seven Innings and Stuck Out Three Versus Southern Miss on Saturday
Robby Broach Tossed Seven Innings and Stuck Out Three Versus Southern Miss on Saturday

May 1, 2010

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NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane baseball team stranded base runners in six of the nine innings on Saturday, May 1 in their 4-2 loss to Southern Miss at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. The Green Wave posted eight hits in the contest, to just six for USM, but couldn't come up with the big hit to drop their second straight game to the Golden Eagles.

"We are struggling at the plate. Give credit to their pitching, no questions about it, but we just have some guys that we are counting on...that aren't swinging the bat as well as we need them to," said Tulane head coach Rick Jones. "We didn't get the big hits today. We weren't able to bunch any (hits together) and they were able to bunch a couple of hits against Robby (Broach) in the second inning. Robby settled in and gave us a great effort...he gave us a chance to win the ballgame, but we just did not swing the bats well."

In the second inning, the first four Southern Miss batters reached versus Tulane starting pitcher Robby Broach. A leadoff walk was followed by a single and a two-RBI triple from Dillon Day to open the scoring. A single was followed by a sacrifice bunt and a walk put two runners on with one out, but Broach struck out a batter and coaxed a groundout to hole the USM lead at 3-0.

Tulane struck with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning as Brandon Boudreaux doubled down the left field line with one out and came in to score on a Matt Ryan single to right field.

Broach hit the first batter of the fifth inning and a single followed to put two runners on with no outs. After a sacrifice bunt, Broach collected a pair ground outs to escape the frame unscathed. The Green Wave had a pair of runners on base in the bottom of the frame and couldn't push a run across the plate to send the game to the sixth with Southern Miss leading 3-1.



Broach was replaced by Ryan Doiron after walking the leadoff batter in the eighth inning. Doiron allowed the runner to advance to second on a wild pitch and then a sacrifice bunt moved the runner to third. Nick Pepitone then came on to pitch for the Green Wave and walked the first batter he faced. After a strikeout, Travis Graves collected a wind-aided single to make it a 4-1 game in favor of the Golden Eagles.

In the start, Broach tossed seven innings and allowed four runs on five hits. He walked three and struck out three to fall to 6-3 overall on the season, while Doiron retired the only batter he faced.

Segedin started the bottom of the eighth inning with a double into the right-center field gap for his 24th two-bagger of the season. Schaffer moved the runner to third base with a groundout and Segedin came in to score on a Crohan sacrifice fly to right field to provide the final run of the contest.

Crohan was three-for-three in the contest with an RBI coming on his eighth inning sacrifice fly, while Segedin singled, doubled and scored a run for the Green Wave. Brandon Boudreaux, Nick Boullosa, Matt Ryan and Gunner Wright each collected base hits in the contest. Boudreaux also scored a run and walked in the contest and Ryan collected the other RBI and walked in the game.

Tulane falls to 26-18 overall and 6-8 in Conference USA play and will look to avoid the series sweep on Sunday, May 2. The game time has been moved o 10:00 a.m. due to the threat of rain moving into the area on Sunday afternoon.