Tulane tops LSU in New Orleans

LSU has struggled against in-state competition this spring, and Wednesday's bout with Tulane brought much of the same. The Tigers rallied back from a four run deficit, but it was too little, too late as the Green Wave took the 8-7 win.

"It was a tough game and we got some clutch hits, but we just couldn't get the last one," said head coach Paul Mainieri.

LSU (21-7) seems to be finding themselves in that same situation during midweek games more often than they would wish.

Wednesday night, in a game postponed from Tuesday as a result of weather, the Tigers had runners on the corners in the ninth down one run, but the visitors could not bring home the win.

Green Wave closer Nick Pepitone struck out D.J. LeMahieu to end the game, giving Tulane their 17th win on the year.

"We dug ourselves a big hole early, but I thought the kids showed a lot of fortitude battling back the way we did," Mainieri said.

Freshman Chris Matulis earned the loss, giving up four runs, three earned, in three innings of work. The right hander also walked three batters.

Tulane moved out to a 4-2 lead in the fifth when second baseman Seth Henry was hit by a pitch and scored when first baseman Sam Honeck doubled to right.

Catcher Jeremy Schaffer singled to left on the following pitch to score Honeck and put the Green Wave up 5-2.

While the lead was later extended to 7-2, the Tigers began to crawl back into the frame in the sixth when left fielder Jared Mitchell homered to left field, his fifth shot of the year.

In the final frame, Leon Landry singled and was followed by a Mitchell walk. Both runners advanced when Ochinko grounded out, and LeMahieu's game ending strikeout was to follow.

As the Tiger skipper had harped on more than once this season, the Tigers allowed themselves to slip into a too little, too late situation.

“We got a lot of big hits late in the game, but we just needed one more.”

LSU will be back in action this weekend as the Tigers travel to Athens to take on the top-ranked Georgia Bulldogs. The series begins Friday night at 6 p.m. CST.

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