HOUSTON, Texas–Sophomore shortstop Cat Everett had a pair of hits and senior left fielder Matt Riser posted the first home run of his Division I career, but it was not enough as the Tulane University baseball team dropped the series finale at Conference USA foe Houston, 6-2, Sunday afternoon at Cougar Field.
Cougars' starter Luis Flores (3-2) tossed 7.1 solid innings, striking eight and allowing just two runs on five hits and a walk. Clayton Boone
threw the final inning and two-thirds, and gave up just one single while posting three strikeouts. With the loss, Tulane falls to 20-14 on the year and 3-6 in C-USA action. Houston, meanwhile, improves to 21-14 overall and 7-2 in league play.
The Green Wave got off to a rough start as starter Stephen Porlier (4-3) had a hard time finding the strike zone early on. The Cougars loaded the bases with a hit batsmen and a pair of walks with nobody out, and all three free passes scored as designated hitter Brad Lincoln lifted a sacrifice fly and right fielder Matt Weston roped a two-run double to right to give Houston a 3-0 lead.
Tulane responded in the third as junior catcher Ty Wallace sparked a two-out rally with a single to shallow right center, and Riser followed
with a towering shot to right to make it a 3-2 ballgame. The Green Wave had a chance to tie the game one inning later when redshirt-freshman
right fielder Warren McFadden hit a one-out double to right center and went to third on a wild pitch, but Flores wiggled off the hook stranding the tying run 90 feet away.
Houston made the missed opportunity hurt as catcher Brett Logan led off the home half of the frame with a double, and following a single by
left fielder Jake Stewart, third baseman Dustin Kingsbury rolled an RBI-groundout to short to make a two-run game.
The Green Wave had runners on the corners with two away in the seventh, but Flores got pinch-hitter Tim Guidry to fly out to left to get out of another jam. Just as in the fourth, the Cougars made Tulane's missed opportunity burn as first baseman Josh Stirneman doubled to lead off the bottom of the inning, and Weston hammered a two-run bomb to right central in the ensuing at-bat to account for the final score.
Porlier was saddled with the loss after allowing four runs on four hits and four walks in three-plus innings, and senior right-hander Billy
Mohl was tagged with two runs on four hits over the next 4 frames. Freshman Nathan Newman tossed a scoreless eighth.
The Green Wave return to action n Tuesday, April 11, when they take on Nicholls State in a
"Business Fan's Special" at Zephyr Field beginning at noon. For ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at 504-861-WAVE. The Ticket Office has recently returned to its usual location on the first floor of the James W. Wilson, Jr. Center. Tickets can also be purchased on-line at www.TulaneGreenWave.com or
Tulane Drops Finale To Houston, 6-2
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