May 1, 2007
METAIRIE, La. - Freshman southpaw Aaron Loup struck out a career-high nine batters in 5.1 innings of relief, and the duo of senior designated hitter Ty Wallace and sophomore third baseman Seth Henry had two hits apiece, but it was not enough as the Tulane University baseball team dropped game three of the WOW Café & Wingery Cup to cross-town foe UNO, 7-4, Tuesday evening at Zephyr Field.
The Privateers scored six runs in the first two innings, but the Green Wave had an answer with single runs in the second, third, fourth and sixth innings. The early UNO advantage, however, proved to be too much to overcome as the Privateers won the three-game series with the Wave for the first time since 2004 and just the third time overall since 1997.
With the loss, Tulane's seventh in its last eight ballgames, the Green Wave fall to 29-17 on the year. UNO, meanwhile, improves to 29-16.
Privateers' third baseman T.J. Baxter was named the 2007 WOW Cup MVP after hitting .583 (7-for-12) with a pair of home runs and six RBI in the three-game series. He was just 1-for-4 on Tuesday night, but drove in a pair of runs, including an RBI-single in the second.
UNO wasted little time getting on the scoreboard as left fielder Joey Butler sparked a two-run first with a one-out double. He scored on a 4-3 groundout off the bat of Baxter, and with two away, second baseman Jonny Giavotella hammered a solo homer to left to stake the Privateers to a 2-0 advantage.
Tulane called on Loup midway through the second, and after giving up an RBI-single to Baxter, he shut down UNO for most of his time on the hill. He fanned the final two batters he faced in the second to get out of the inning without any more damage done, faced the minimum over the next two innings, and punched out a pair in both the fifth and sixth innings.
The Green Wave offense, meanwhile, got going in the home half of the second as senior first baseman Tim Guidry walked, advanced the bases on a groundout and a passed ball, and scored on an RBI-groundout by sophomore centerfielder Aja Barto to put Tulane on the board.
One inning later, Wallace recorded his first hit of the day, went to third on a double by Henry and scored on a failed pickoff play to third by UNO starting pitcher Bryan Cryer. Tulane continued to chip away at the lead in the fourth when Barto reached on an error and scored on Wallace's RBI-single to left, and got another run in the sixth when Guidry singled, advanced the bases on a wild pitch and a deep fly ball before touching the paystation on another wild toss to make it 6-4.
That would be as close as UNO would allow the Green Wave to get, though, as Stephen Whalen tossed a pair of scoreless frames and Alan Campbell threw a three-up, three-down ninth to earn his fifth save of the season.
The only blemish on Loup's day came in the seventh when he allowed a one-out double to Giavotella, who scored two hitters later on an RBI-double by right fielder Drew Anderson to account for the final score.
Cryer (7-2) earned the win after allowed just three unearned runs on five hits and three walks while striking out a trio in 5.0 solid innings of work. Tulane starter Matt Goebel (8-2), meanwhile, was saddled with the loss after giving up six runs (five earned) on seven hits while posting one strikeout in 1.1 frames.
Loup kept Tulane in the ballgame with his 5.1 inning effort, allowing one run on four hits and a walk, and freshman right-hander Preston Claiborne scattered a pair of hits with two strikeouts in 2.1 scoreless stanzas.
The Green Wave return to action on Friday, May 4, when they open a three-game series against Conference USA foe UAB at noon at Zephyr Field. The two teams will do battle again on Saturday and close out the series on Sunday, and both contests are slated to start at 12 p.m.
For ticket information to this weekend's ballgames, as well as future Tulane Athletics events, contact the Tulane Athletics ticket office at (504) 861-WAVE. Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the game at the Zephyr Field Ticket Office, which is located on the third-base side of the stadium and opens approximately two hours before first pitch.