Second Saturday Setback

There are lot off outs and at-bats in a baseball game. But few games come down to only two half-innings as did Tulane's 4-1 win over Ole Miss Saturday.

In the bottom of the second inning, Green Wave starter Randy LeBlanc gave up a double to Matt Snyder and a single to Matt Tracy to put Rebels on first and third. But strikeouts by Preston Overbey, Zach Kirksey, and Alex Yarbrough left things tied at nothing.

However the Green Wave used the door LeBlanc had opened and went to work offensively in the top of the third. Garrett Cannizaro doubled off Rebel starter David Goforth followed by a Quinn Pippin walk.

Green Wave leadoff batter Nick Boullosa made the Rebels pay the price for not scoring the inning before and for Goforth allowing two to reach as he sent one into the visiting bullpen in right to give his team a 3-0 lead.

That would prove to be enough for victory on this wet, cold day in Oxford.

Alex Yarbrough out at second base against the Green Wave
Courtesy: Bruce Newman
"Just one of those days where they played better than we did," said Ole Miss Coach Mike Bianco after his team fell to 10-2. "They pitched better than we did. LeBlanc was terrific at the beginning of the game. The rest of their guys (relievers) also did a good job.

"Offensively it was tough for us to find a barrel, not many balls barreled up. We just didn't make very good contact all night long. We had one opportunity there in the second inning, and we certainly failed miserably with first and third and three strikeouts in a row. Then they come back and put an inning together after that."

Snyder said the Rebels, with six hits in the game, had a tough time of it at the plate.

"We didn't have many great at-bats," said Snyder, one of six Rebels with a hit on the day. "It was just one of those days where we didn't hit as well as we should have."

Tulane went up 4-0 in the fifth and the Rebels answered with their lone run in the bottom of the fifth on a RBI single by Tanner Mathis that scored Alex Yarbrough who had doubled.

It was in the fifth that LeBlanc had to leave the game due to injury. Green Wave relievers Alex Facundus, who got the win, and Nick Pepitone allowed no more Rebel scoring. Ole Miss stranded nine runners in the contest. The Rebels had their opportunities but couldn't produce.

"When you do that, it kills the team, kills the rally," Snyder said. "You can't get them in every single time, but you have to stay focused and get them in when you have a chance."

Goforth fell to 0-2 with the loss, but Bianco was pleased with his performance. The junior righty went seven innings, allowing four runs on seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

"I thought he pitched well," Bianco said. "He had the one bad inning. It's a different game if we score in the second."

Trent Rothlin came in for Goforth and didn't last long, recording an out with a hit and a walk before giving way to Eric Callender who finished things up. The senior right-hander went 1.2 innings with a hit, a walk, and two strikeouts.

On Sunday, Ole Miss sends junior left-hander Austin Wright to the mound. Tulane, now 8-3, is scheduled to pitch junior right-hander Robby Broach. Gametime is set for 1:30 p.m.

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