May 1, 2012
BATON ROUGE, La. - If you could have one do-over in baseball, the Tulane baseball team would like to play the sixth inning of their 9-5 loss on Tuesday (May 1) evening at LSU over again. The Green Wave trailed 3-2 entering the sixth, but two errors and six unearned runs later the Olive and Blue faced a major deficit against the fourth-ranked Tigers to drop their second straight game.
Tulane (29-16) starting pitcher Alex Byo surrendered the first run of the game in the bottom of the second inning when he hit Jordan Snikeris and allowed him to move to second on a wild pitch with one out. After striking out Tyler Moore, Ty Ross delivered the RBI base hit to right field to give the Tigers an early lead.
Brandon Boudreaux started the top of the third inning with his 33rd walk of the season and moved to second base on a wild pitch with no outs in the frame. The junior would get no closer to pay dirt, as LSU (36-10) starting pitcher Joe Broussard got a pair of strikeouts and a lineout to preserve his team's lead.
Clutch hitting by Bowen Woodson in the fourth inning knotted the game at one run apiece. After Andrew Garner worked a two-out walk, Woodson slapped his first career triple down the right field line, scoring Garner from first, to pull even at 1-1. The Tigers grabbed the lead right back in the bottom half of the inning when Byo loaded the bases on a pair of bloop singles and a walk, before Tyler Hanover delivered the go-ahead single to right field. The lead could have moved to two runs, but Nick Schneeberger gunned down the runner from second base at home plate to hold the Tigers to a one run lead.
The fifth inning didn't start the way that Byo wanted, with Jacoby Jones singling through the left side of the infield and moving to second on a balk. Arby Fields then flew out and Jones tagged and moved to third. Jones, however, left second base early and was called out on appeal and that call would loom large as Austin Nola followed with his third home run of the season to push the home team back in front, 3-2.
Woodson doubled with one out in the top of the sixth inning, but the Green Wave were unable to answer for the first time in the game and trailed 3-2 heading to the home half of the inning.
Byo was relieved by Randy LeBlanc after five innings of work and three runs allowed. The junior surrendered seven hits, walked one and struck out two, but fell to 6-4 on the season.
A pair of errors doomed the Green Wave in the bottom of the sixth inning as LeBlanc allowed five unearned runs on just two hits in two thirds of an inning. Kyle McKenzie entered and allowed the final run to cross the dish, as LSU sent 11 batters to the plate in the frame to take a 9-2 lead after six.
LeBlanc threw two-thirds of an inning and allowed five unearned runs on two this to go along with one strikeout. McKenzie allowed one earned run on two hits in one and one-thirds of an inning.
After Tulane tacked on three runs in the eighth inning - just one earned - on RBI base hits from Boudreaux, Cannizaro and Jeremy Schaffer to cut the LSU lead to 9-5, Andrew Garner tossed a scoreless eighth inning. The Green Wave was unable to complete the comeback, as LSU used eight different pitchers in the victory.
Schneeberger and Woodson each pounded out three hits, the eighth three-hit game of the season for Schneeberger, while five different players drove in RBIs. Cannizaro and Schaffer each collected two hits, while Boudreaux reached base twice and scored his team-leading 50th run of the season. The Green Wave put runners on base in eight of the nine innings, stranding 12 on the night, and each team committed two errors.
Tulane will continue their stretch run with a three-game series with Southern Miss starting on Friday, May 4 at 6:30 and continuing on Saturday (May 5) at 2:00 and Sunday (May 6) at 1:00 on the Turf at Turchin.
- LSU leads the all-time series, 175-125-3.
- Brandon Boudreaux extended his reached base streak to 19 games on Tuesday with a third inning walk.
- Bowen Woodson posted his first career triple in the fourth inning on Tuesday.
- Nick Schneeberger posted his 11th outfield assist of the season in the fourth inning, throwing a runner out at home plate to end the inning.
- Schneeberger posted his 26th multi-hit game of the season, going three-for-five on Tuesday.
- It was the eighth time this season that Schneeberger posted three hits in a game.
- Garrett Cannizaro moved his hitting streak to 14 games with a fifth inning single versus LSU.
- Brennan Middleton moved his reached base streak to 22 games with an eighth inning walk.