May 3, 2011
BATON ROUGE, La. - Five different LSU pitchers combined to hold the Tulane baseball team to just five hits as the Green Wave dropped a 6-2 decision in their final midweek contest of the season on Tuesady (May 3) evening at Alex Box Stadium. Jeremy Schaffer had two of the team's five hits, while Nick Schneeberger extended his hitting streak to seven games in the loss.
"After the second inning it was a tie ballgame," said Tulane head coach Rick Jones. "We had a young guy on the mound (and he) got a little bit apprehensive with the strike zone early. (Wade) got out of the first inning, but he struggled with his command in the second inning. After the second it was a tie ballgame and we hit a lot of balls on the button and just didn't have anything to show for it. I thought we swung the bats well tonight. I wasn't disappointed with that at all. That's just baseball. (LSU) played really well defensively tonight, too."
It was the tale of two sides early in the game, as the Green Wave stranded three base runners in the first two innings and the Tigers collected four runs on just two hits in their first two at-bats.
Nick Boullosa led off the game with a single, stole second base and moved to third on a balk, before Frank Florio walked with two outs to put runners on the corners. LSU (29-17) starting pitcher Ryan Eades, however, got Brandon Boudreaux to fly out and end the threat.
Konvicka (2-1) made his fourth start of the season and tossed two innings, allowing four runs on two hits with two walks. David Napoli came on in the third inning and tossed the next three frames and allowed an unearned run on five hits, while walking two.
The first four batters reached base in the LSU fourth against Napoli, but a Tulane error was the lone reason the Tigers led 5-0 after the frame. A caught stealing erased the first base runner and, after a hit-by-pitch and single, Brennan Middleton fielded a ground ball and stepped on third for the second out. A wild throw to first allowed the runner to score all the way from first, though, before catcher Jeremy Schaffer threw out the final base runner of the inning at third base.
Schaffer got the Green Wave on the scoreboard in the sixth inning when he hit his sixth home run of the year. The junior hit a full count pitch deep and gone to left field against Eades to make it a 5-1 ballgame. LSU got a run back against D.J. Ponder in the bottom of the sixth and no offense was produced until the ninth inning.
In the top of the ninth, Tulane mounted a rally against LSU reliever Forrest Garrett. Schaffer doubled for the 21st time this season to start the inning and a batter later came in to score on a single from Brandon Boudreaux. After Schneeberger singled to put two runners on base with one out, LSU brought in closer Matty Ott. The right-hander struck out Bowen Woodson and got a check-swing ground out from Garrett Cannizaro to preserve the win for the Tigers.
In the contest, Schaffer was two-for-four with a pair of runs scored and an RBI, extending his hitting streak to five games. Boullosa stole his 16th base of the season and was one-for-three with a walk to move his hitting streak to five games, too. Schneeberger's ninth inning single moved his hitting streak to seven games, while Boudreaux posted the only other Tulane hit and grabbed an RBI in the process.
The Olive and Blue will return to action on Friday, May 6 when they open a three-game series versus Memphis on the Turf at Turchin. The Green Wave and the Tigers will open the series on Friday night with a 6:30 first pitch.