Tulane Drops Rubbermatch To Arizona State, 5-1

Junior second baseman Joe Holland went 2-for-4 and reached base in three of his five plate appearances, but it was not enough as the Tulane University baseball team dropped a hard-fought 5-1 contest in the series finale at Arizona State Sunday afternoon at Packard Stadium

Junior second baseman Joe Holland went 2-for-4 and reached base in three of his five plate appearances, but it was not enough as the Tulane University baseball team dropped a hard-fought 5-1 contest in the series finale at Arizona State Sunday afternoon at Packard Stadium.

Trailing 2-0 after six innings, the Green Wave cut the lead in half on an RBI single by senior third baseman Brian Bormaster. The Sun Devils, however, quelled any talk of a comeback with two runs in the bottom of the frame and another in the eighth to take the series two games to one.

The Green Wave had their opportunities to plate runs throughout the contest, but the team wound up stranding 10 baserunners, including five in scoring position as Tulane falls to 12-5 on the year. Arizona State, meanwhile, improves to 15-3 in 2004.

The Sun Devils took the early lead in the third as third baseman Seth Dhaenens hit a one-out single, advanced to second on a single by shortstop Dustin Pedroia and scored on a sacrifice fly by second baseman Nick Walsh. Arizona State used the same blueprint to score another run an inning later as centerfielder Colin Curtis singled, went to third on a base hit by first baseman Joe Persichina, and scored on a sacrifice fly by designated hitter Nick Cadena to give the Sun Devils a 2-0 lead.

The score would remain the same over the next two innings, but Tulane would cut the lead in half as sophomore centerfielder Nathan Southard sparked a two-out rally by getting hit by a pitch, went to third on a bloop single by Holland and scored on Bormaster's base hit to make it 2-1.

The momentum, however, would soon swing back to Arizona State as the Sun Devils plated a pair of runs in the home half of the inning courtesy of back-to-back RBI doubles off the bats of Dustin Pedoia and Nick Walsh to make it 4-1.

ASU catcher Tuffy Gosewisch closed out the scoring for the Sun Devils when he drew a leadoff walk, advanced the bases on an errant pickoff throw and a single by Curtis, and scored on a sacrifice bunt by designated hitter Josh Asanovich.

Tulane starter Cory Hahn was saddled with the loss after giving up four earned runs on nine hits in 6.2 innings of work when he walked one and struck out three. Sun Devil reliever Erik Averill earned the win with 2.1 innings of work, and Pat Bresnehan closed the door on the Green Wave with 2.0 scoreless innings.

The Green Wave returns to action on Tuesday, March 16 when they open a two-game series against Southern California at 6:30 p.m. For tickets to the Tulane/USC games, or season ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE.

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