May 15, 2009
CHARLESTON, W. Va.- Tulane avenged the rough loss Thursday with a big 11-2 pounding of the Marshall Thundering Herd at Appalachian Power Park Friday afternoon behind the pitching efforts of Conrad Flynn and the Wave offense. Thursday's loss was a thing of the past as Tulane opened up the game with four runs with Josh Prince leading the way with a base hit up the middle to get things going.
Prince promptly stole second and third, turning his single into a triple. With one out, Sam Honeck drove him in for the first run of the game as Honeck turned on a pitch, notching a double down the right field line. Jeremy Schaffer picked up the base on balls, bringing up Seth Henry. Henry (3-5, three 2B, two RBI) nearly had a home run with the senior second baseman driving the ball down the left field line, hitting the top of the wall. Henry settled for the RBI double, scoring Honeck and moving Schaffer to third. Schaffer (2-4, HR, two RBI, two BB) added to the run count when he touched the pay station on a wild pitch from Marshall starter Greg Williams and Tulane enjoyed the 3-0 lead.
But the Wave wasn't done yet, as Steve Moritz picked up his first triple of the season, scoring Henry and giving Tulane hurler Flynn a 4-0 cushion as the sophomore righty headed to the hill to face the Thundering Herd lineup. Tulane put up three more runs headed into the bottom of the fourth and Flynn (7-3) continued to throw well with the 7-0 lead. The righty went right to work, retiring the first 11 Marshall batsmen before Josh Valle found a hole, singling to right. The Herd picked up a pair in the frame but Flynn's offense got the runs and then one right back in the fifth when Nick Boullosa opened up the inning with base hit to center. Boullosa (3-5) moved into scoring position after reliever Arik Sikula balked and Prince turned around and singled Boullosa home. Prince moved into scoring position on a passed ball but with Scott Powell in the box, Prince was on the move, drawing shortstop Kenny Socorro to the bag and Powell executed the hit and run. Prince took home on the play and Tulane was up 9-2. The Wave added an additional run after Schaffer drew a base on balls. He moved to third on Henry's third double of the afternoon and scored on a wild pitch for the second time in the contest.
Flynn headed back to the hill in the bottom of the frame and retired the Herd in order, including two via strikeouts and Tulane was up 10-2 through five. Flynn's outing ended after five full with the Midland, Texas native fanning five while giving up just two runs on four hits and issuing no bases on balls. Loup worked the sixth in relief with the southpaw striking out the side to get Tulane back in the dugout. Loup was perfect in the seventh, notching another strikeout and retiring the next two hitters via fly ball and groundout, respectively.
The Green Wave bullpen came through for Flynn, with Loup retiring a total of nine batters of the 12 faced while Ryan Doiron tossed a perfect ninth, giving each outfielder a chance on the three fly ball outs to give Tulane game two with the 11-2 victory.
The Green Wave will look to take the series from the Herd behind righty Josh Zeid in the rubber match Saturday at 1:05PM Central time.