May 10, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Tulane baseball's infield committed four errors while other defensive miscues throughout the contest cost the Green Wave in a 7-2 loss against UAB at Young Memorial Field on Saturday afternoon.
Tulane (21-27, 8-16) got a strong performance from starting pitcher Randy LeBlanc through the first two innings, but a defensive collapse in the third inning did Tulane in, despite having an early 1-0 lead.
With runners on second and third and with two outs on the board in the bottom of the third, an error by the Tulane infield allowed the Blazers to tie up the contest before the floodgates opened. UAB (33-16, 18-8) scored three more unearned runs after the error to put UAB up at 4-1.
Tulane got off to a much better start on Saturday compared to their previous outing, when they mustered just two hits in a shutout on Friday night. Sophomore outfielder Richard Carthon led off by reaching on a hit by pitch by Alex Luna before advancing to second on a passed ball. Carthon went to third on a single by freshman second baseman Jake Willsey, and he came home on an infield chopper by freshman shortstop Stephen Alemais, giving the Green Wave an early 1-0 lead.
However, Tulane's offense was kept in check through the remainder of the game, as UAB starting pitcher Alex Luna allowed just three hits over 7.0 innings while striking out four.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Blazers added two more runs to bring the game to 6-1, as the team collected four hits, while benefitting from some poor fielding by the Tulane infield and a wild pitch from LeBlanc.
Sophomore reliever Emerson Gibbs pitched the seventh inning, and two errors were made in that inning alone by the defense behind him. All in all, Gibbs allowed one run on three hits, and was able to get out of a bases-loaded jam at the end of the inning by getting UAB's Tyler Mims to ground into an inning-ending double play.
In the top of the ninth, with relief pitcher Turner Lee on the mound, the Tulane bats showed some life, as junior infielder Garrett Deschamp singled before being put out on a fielder's choice at second base. Senior outfielder Andrew Garner posted a single up the middle to allow pinch-runner Bowen Woodson to reach third, and freshman outfielder Grant Brown brought Woodson home on a single that just got past Nathan Vincent at third base.
Freshman reliever Matt Horton pitched the eighth inning, striking out a career-high two while holding the Blazers hitless in his short time on the mound.
Luna (7-0) earned the win in the tilt. LeBlanc (4-5) was credited with the loss after allowing ten hits across 6.0 innings. Two of the six runs given up by the Abita Springs, La., native were earned. He struck out two batters on the afternoon.
Deschamp was the only Green Wave hitter with two hits on the day.
The final game of the weekend series will begin at 1pm CT at Young Memorial Field on Sunday. The game will be broadcast on the home of Tulane baseball for the 2014 season, 88.3 FM WRBH. Live stats can be followed by clicking on the GameTracker links on the TulaneGreenWave.com baseball schedule page.
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