TULANE BASEBALL FALLS IN GAME TWO OF C-USA SERIES VS. UCF, 9-2 METAIRIE, La.–Golden Knights' southpaw Mitch Houch fanned nine in a 7.2-inning start and the visitors from Orlando hammered four homer runs, including three in a six-run sixth, as the Tulane University baseball team dropped a 9-2 decision to Conference USA foe UCF Saturday afternoon at Zephyr Field.
Tulane led 2-1 after five innings, but UCF first baseman Dave Lambert
hit a leadoff homer in the sixth to tie the game, and the duo of
shortstop Eric Kallstrom and designated hitter Matt Horwath combined
two homers and seven RBI off the Green Wave bullpen to even the series
one game each.
"We didn't swing it as well as we needed to, and we didn't pitch out of
the bullpen as well as we needed to," Tulane head coach Rick Jones
"We just got some balls up and they put good swings on them. You've got
to give them credit there."
With the loss, Tulane falls to 22-15 on the year and 4-7 in C-USA
action. UCF, meanwhile, improves to 21-17 overall and 4-4 in league
play. The two teams will play the rubber match of the series on Sunday
with first pitch slated for 1 p.m. Tulane will send senior right-hander
Billy Mohl (4-0, 3.86 ERA) to the hill where he will match up with
Golden Knights' lefty Mitch Herold (1-3, 5.04).
The Golden Knights took advantage of a strong wind blowing straight out
as their four home runs accounted for eight of the nine runs scored.
Houch (3-1), meanwhile, held the Green Wave to just two fly balls
his time on the hill, and Jeremy Thorne pitched the final inning and a
third to close out the ballgame. The UCF defense lended a hand as well,
turning three double plays and committing just one error.
Tulane starter Brandon Gomes (4-5) struck out a season-best nine
batters, but UCF fouled off several tough pitches to get his pitch
up. After allowing just one run over the first five frames, Gomes gave
up a leadoff homer to Lambert in the sixth before hitting right fielder
Chad Hartman and walking third baseman Kiko Vazquez with nobody out.
Following a sacrifice bunt by left fielder Ryan Williams, senior Blake
Walker replaced Gomes on the hill. Walker jumped ahead of Kallstrom
but his fourth pitch was hit into the jetstream to left to give UCF a
5-2 lead it would not relinquish.
Following a strikeout for the second out of the game, centerfielder
DiNatale singled to shallow center and Horwath made it a 7-2 contest
with a homer to left.
Freshman right-hander Nathan Newman rlieved Walker and pitched Tulane out of the inning,
but with two out and a runner on first, Kallstrom put the exclamation
point on the day with his second homer in as many innings to account
the final score.
Tulane took a 1-0 lead in the first when sophomore second baseman Brad
Emaus walked, advanced to second on a balk, and scored on an RBI-single
by redshirt-freshman right fielder Warren McFadden. The Golden Knights
tied the score in the third when DiNatale scored on a two-out RBI
by Bono, but the Green Wave answered in the fifth when sophomore
shortstop Cat Everett hit a leadoff single, advance to second on a
sacrifice bunt by junior catcher Ty Wallace, and scored on an
by senior left fielder Matt Riser.
Riser's single was one of just five hits by the Green Wave on the day,
while UCF pounded out 11. Kallstrom went 3-for-4 with two homers and
five RBI, while Bono and Dinatale had two hits each.
The story of the day, however, was the left arm of Houck. After giving
up a pair of runs on three hits over the first five innings, Houck
allowed just one hit the rest of his outing and was able to pitch
Gomes, who left the game with one out in the fifth and the score
at 2-all, was tagged with the loss after allowing four runs on five
and three walks through five and a third innings. Walker went just a
third of an inning, giving up three runs on three hits – including two
home runs – and Newman allowed two runs on three hits in an inning of
work. Redshirt-freshman right hander Jonathan Garret was perfect over
the final 2.1 frames, but by that time, the damage was already done.
Following Sunday's series finale, the Green Wave return to action on
Tuesday, April 18, when they take on LSU at 7 p.m. at Zephyr Field. 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
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