Redshirt senior Tyler Mapes pitched his first-career complete-game shutout on Sunday in a 3-0 win over Southern Miss
May 4, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane baseball's redshirt senior Tyler Mapes delivered his first-career complete-game shutout in a 3-0 defeat of Southern Miss on Sunday at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium, as Mapes held the Golden Eagles to just six hits while the Tulane bats collected 11 of their own.
Mapes (5-4) last pitched a complete game for the Green Wave (20-25, 8-14) a little less than a month ago when he pitched 9.0 innings against Rice on April 12. However, the Tulane bats were not as successful at the dish that day as they were on Sunday, as Mapes was credited with the loss in a 2-1 defeat to the Owls.
On Sunday, though, Tulane picked up a career-best 3-for-3 day at the dish from freshman catcher Jake Rogers, who also secured his ninth sacrifice bunt and his fourth double of the season. Fellow rookies Hunter Hope and Grant Brown each went 2-for-4 at the dish, while junior second baseman Garrett Deschamp got in on the action, as well, going 2-for-3 with a run scored.
But it was Mapes' performance that took precedence on the day. In 9.0 innings of work, the Plano, Texas, native allowed six hits while walking two and striking out five. The win against Southern Miss (28-21, 15-9) gave the Green Wave their first series-closing win since the opening weekend of the season against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
"I can't say enough about what Tyler did for us today," said Tulane baseball interim head coach Jake Gautreau. "I think our offense fed off him today, and that may be if not his best, one of his best, performances since he's been here. I was very happy with the way he went out there and competed for us today. It was good to see. We knew this was a big game going in, and it was nice to know that Mapes was on the mound, and he did everything that we expected him to do."
Tulane got on the board early, as they posted a two-out run in both the first and second innings off Golden Eagles starting pitcher Cody Carroll. Deschamp was hit by Carroll (3-1) to get things started in the bottom of the first before senior outfielder Andrew Garner moved him up a base on a single through the right side. Brown singled up the middle to pick up an RBI, giving him an RBI in the last four games.
In the bottom of the second junior first baseman Tyler Wilson walked to lead off the frame before being moved to second base on Rogers' sacrifice bunt. Freshman shortstop Stephen Alemais picked up his seventh RBI of the week when he singled through the right side to score Wilson from second, giving the Green Wave an early 2-0 lead.
Mapes faced a little adversity in the top of the fourth as he plunked Southern Miss' Dylan Burdeaux and allowed a single to Mason Robbins to put two on. Another single deep in the hole at shortstop by Austin Roussel loaded the bases, but things could have been much worse if not for a sliding Alemais to keep the ball from trickling into the outfield. But in typical Mapes fashion, the inning ended on a strikeout, as the redshirt senior blew one by Nick Dawson to strand three Golden Eagles on the bases.
Tulane manufactured another run in the bottom of the sixth with some small-ball tactics. Hope singled to left field to lead things off before pinch-hitting senior Bowen Woodson moved him up a base on a sacrifice hit. Rogers singled to left to put runners at the corners before sophomore designated hitter put down a bunt towards first base in a squeeze that scored Hope from third.
Before the game ended, though, Southern Miss attempted to keep things interesting. In the top of the ninth, Robbins singled to center field before Mapes walked Roussel on four-straight pitches to put the tying-run at the plate. However, Mapes was able to get Dawson to strike out again, and the game ended on a ground out to second base by Connor Barron.
Carroll was credited with the loss - his first of the season - on Sunday. He pitched 5.0 innings, while giving up eight hits and three earned runs in addition to walking one and striking out six. Bradley Roney pitched the remaining 3.0 innings for the Golden Eagles, as he struck out one and allowed three hits.
Tulane picked up just their second Conference USA series victory on the season, as they last took two games in a series in their mid-March defeat of Middle Tennessee.
The Green Wave will return to Greer Field at Turchin Stadium on Tuesday night as they welcome Southeastern Louisiana for a 6:30pm CT first pitch. It will mark the third game in the series between the two teams this season. The game will be broadcast on 88.3 FM WRBH, the home of Tulane baseball for the 2014 season, and live stats can be followed on TulaneGreenWave.com's baseball schedule page.
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