Baseball Loses to UAB, 2-0, on Sunday

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Freshman third baseman Hunter Hope was 2-for-3 in Tulane's 2-0 loss to UAB on Sunday
Freshman third baseman Hunter Hope was 2-for-3 in Tulane's 2-0 loss to UAB on Sunday

May 11, 2014

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Tulane baseball was shutout, 2-0, on Sunday afternoon against UAB at Young Memorial Field in Birmingham, Ala., sending Tulane to their first road-sweep since the 2009 season.

Tulane's (21-28, 8-17) poor fielding plagued the team once again, as UAB (34-16, 19-8) scored twice in the bottom of the second, including one unearned run. Redshirt senior starting pitcher Tyler Mapes got into some hot water in the frame when he allowed back-to-back singles to Mitch Williams and Ivan De Jesus before both moved up on a sacrifice bunt. After walking Adam Smith to load the bases, Chase Davis sent a chopper up the middle to bring in a run, but an error by the Green Wave infield in an attempt to turn a double play allowed another run to score on the same play.

The two runs were all UAB needed as the Tulane bats only managed to collect four hits on the afternoon. Freshman third baseman Hunter Hope led the charge with a 2-for-3 performance, while junior infielder Garrett Deschamp and freshman catcher Jake Rogers each added a hit.

Two of the Green Wave hits came in the top of the second off UAB starter Ben Bullard. But midway through freshman Lex Kaplan's at-bat with two runners on, Bullard had to leave the game with an injury, paving the way for Thomas Lowery out of the Blazer bullpen.

Lowery (5-2) allowed just two hits across 6.1 innings, while striking out five and walking one.

Mapes (5-5) was credited with the loss. The Plano, Texas, native allowed seven hits in 6.0 innings in addition to walking three and fanning five.

Freshman reliever J.P. France pitched the seventh frame, allowing a hit and striking out two, and sophomore righty Ian Gibaut gave up two hits and fanned one in the eighth.

The Green Wave have been held to no runs on eight occasions with Sunday's loss. They fell to 3-4 in two-run games, as well.

Tulane was last swept on the road in a three-game series when they dropped three contests to Rice in early April 2009.

The Green Wave will close out the 2014 season at home against Conference USA opponent FIU on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. The first two games of the series will begin at 6:30pm CT, while the series-closing game will begin at 1pm CT.

Thursday's game will be televised on Cox Sports Television. Check your local listings for channel information.

All three games will be broadcast on the home of Tulane baseball for the 2014 season, 88.3 FM WRBH. Live stats will be provided through GameTracker on the Tulane baseball schedule page at TulaneGreenWave.com.

Prior to the beginning of Friday's contest, Tulane's six senior players - Nick DiMaggio, Bowen Woodson, Brady Wilson, Kyle McKenzie, Andrew Garner and Mapes - along with Tulane student assistant Briggs Barrios will be presented with their degrees since the seven will not be able to attend graduation ceremonies on Saturday due to the game.

Saturday will be Senior Day, where each of the aforementioned seven seniors will be honored by the Green Wave baseball program.

Single game tickets are available for the weekend contests. For more information on tickets, call 504-861-WAVE (9283), or visit the James W. Wilson, Jr. Center's first-floor ticket office.

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