Rob Segedin hit a three-run home run in the seventh to power the Black Attack
Nov. 6, 2009
NEW ORLEANS - A wardrobe change couldn't help Team Green in game three of the Tulane baseball Fall World Series, as the rechristened Blue Krewe fell for the third straight day to the Black Squad, 5-1, Friday at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. The Black Attack rallied for four runs in the top of the seventh, highlighted by redshirt sophomore Rob Segedin's three-run home run. Games four and five of the intra-squad series will still be played as scheduled, despite a 3-0 advantage for the Black team.
The Black Squad's LHP Matt Petiton and Blue Krewe freshman RHP Gunner Wright dueled for six innings on the mound, each allowing one run. Petiton held the Blue Boys to four hits with one walk, fanning seven to pick up the victory. Wright allowed just four hits, but with four walks, before exiting with a pair of strikeouts after six.
Team Black broke a 1-1 tie in the seventh off of freshman RHP Nate Fury. Freshman RF Bowen Woodson singled to lead off the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from freshman CF Brandon Boudreaux. After a single by freshman 2B Adam Zabel, sophomore 1B/3B Matt Ryan drove in the go-ahead run with a single to right field which fell in front of a sliding Cody Robinson.
Segedin followed with a towering shot to left center for his first hit of the series to put the game, and series, out of reach. After Fury induced a double-play ball to end the inning, Segedin took over on the mound for the bottom of the seventh and retired the side in order for the save, punching out two of the three batters he faced.
"The team in black really did a good job of taking advantage when they got to the bullpen of the blue team," Jones said. "They put some good swings and had good at bats, and of course, Rob Segedin with the three-run home run off the scoreboard. And then Seggy coming in and closing it out against the blue team showed you what kind of player he is: One we sorely missed last year. We're certainly excited to have him back. Today he showed you what kind of impact he can have, as a third baseman, a hitter and a closer."
"I was just trying to give us a cushion because I knew I was going back out to throw," Segedin said. "Once you hit a home run, you get that adrenalin rush and then go out and throw. You just want to shut it down and get that win."
The Black Attack picked up an early lead on as freshman SS Garrett Cannizaro singled to open the inning, advanced to second on a groundout, and came around on an RBI single from sophomore DH Jamie Bruno.
Wright helped himself by knotting the score in the fourth with a solo home run into the left field corner with one out. He then retired six of the next seven he faced to exit after six and earn a no decision.
Cannizaro went two-for-four on the day to improve to four-for-eight with a pair of walks in the series. Ryan was also two-for-four, with a double and an RBI.
Fury was saddled with the loss after allowing a pair of singles to fall in front of his outfielders and giving up the big blow to Segedin for four earned runs. Despite the Black Squad clinching the series, the five-game intra-squad set will continue Saturday and Sunday with starting times of approximately 1:45 p.m. each day.
Starting pitchers for game four will be redshirt sophomore RHP Robby Broach (1.64 ERA, 10 K, 11 IP this fall) and RHP Preston Claiborne (2.70 ERA, 16 K, 13 1/3 IP). However, game three's result have sparked Black Squad coach Chad Sutter and Green/Blue coach Jack Cressend into discussing a blockbuster trade that is expected to be completed late Friday evening and shake up both rosters for the weekend's tilts.
Tulane Head Coach Rick Jones
"The impressive part today was Gunner Wright and Matt Petition, both those guy threw really well. Gunner tied the score with the solo home run to help his cause. So you're taking a one-one ballgame into the seventh there, and the team in black really did a good job of taking advantage when they got to the bullpen of the blue team. They put some good swings and had good at bats, and of course, Rob Segedin with the three-run home run off the scoreboard. And then Seggy coming in and closing it out against the blue team showed you what kind of player he is: One we sorely missed last year. We're certainly excited to have him back. Today he showed you what kind of impact he can have, as a third baseman, a hitter and a closer."
"Garrett Cannizaro had a good day for us today swinging the bat, that was impressive. And Quinn Pippin had two hits today. That was fun to watch. But I'm a little concerned today that some of our young guys really got overwhelmed today offensively. We've got to get better. And that's going to take some time with some of these guys. We've got to work on some things."
"You'd like to see our bullpen pitch better than we pitched today; for us to be able to close out games on both sides. You want to have more than one guy out there. Seggy's not going to be able to carry the load every day. We'd like to not have to put Pep [Nick Pepitone] in that bullpen if we can avoid it. Drew Zizinia's been so impressive that that would help us also. We'll see him some tomorrow."
Black Squad Junior 3B/RHP Rob Segedin
"We had already put on that extra run, so I was just trying to give us a cushion because I knew I was going back out to throw. He threw a two-seamer in and I got all of it."
On how hitting a home run affects his pitching
"It's an adrenaline rush. Once you hit a home run, you get that adrenalin rush and then go out and throw. You just want to shut it down and get that win."