Tulane Dismantles Archrival LSU, 12-5

"We did a real good job tonight of executing and that's not something you can predict," Jones said. "You work hard on it and we executed our hit-and runs, we executed our steals, and ran a force pick and ran that properly. Trey Martin came in and got two double plays to get us out of some big innings.

METAIRIE, La.–The Green Wave offense scored five runs in the second and fifth innings, and redshirt-freshman right-hander Stephen Porlier struck out seven in a 6.1-inning start, as the Tulane University baseball team defeated arch-rival LSU, 12-5, Tuesday evening at Zephyr Field.

Eight of the nine starters for the Green wave had at least one hit and one RBI, and Tulane turned a pair of Tigererrors into five unearned runs to avenge a 4-3 loss back on March 7 in Baton Rouge. With the win, Tulane's eight in 12 matchups against the Tigers at "The Shrine on Airline," the Green Wave improve to 24-15 on the year. LSU, meanwhile, falls to 26-13.

"We executed really well in the second inning," Tulane head coach Rick Jones said. "We had a couple of hit-and-runs that went our way and had some good two-out hitting. Then we stretched the lead doing the exact same thing later (in the fifth). Stephen Porlier had a couple of tough outings (coming into the game), but I though he pitched well tonight. We had good relief, and we played really well defensively."

Tulane out-hit LSU, 14-10, including a 3-for-5 showing by junior designated hitter Tim Guidry, who posted a double, two RBI and two runs scored. Tulane's 8-9 hitters - Guidry and and rookie catcher Max Kwan - went 5-for-10 with four RBI. In addition, Tulane's 2-3-4 hitters - sophomore shortstop Cat Everett, redshirt-freshman right fielder Warren McFadden and junior first baseman Mark Hamilton - posted two hits each, and together totalling three runs and two RBI.

The Green Wave stole five bases on the night, including a double-steal for the third run of a five-run fifth. Senior centerfielder Nathan Southard stole a pair of bases while Everett, Guidry and freshman third baseman Seth Henry had one each.

With Tulane leading 10-3 after six, the Tigers made things interesting as shortstop Michael Hollander and left fielder Bruce Sprowl hit back-to-back, one-out RBI singles to cut the lead to five and chase Porlier from the game. Sophomore right-hander Trey Martin came on to face right fielder Quinn Stewart, who had hit a home run in his previous at bat. Maerin coaxed a 6-4-3 double-play ball to get out of the inning with no more damage done.

The Green Wave got both runs back in the home half of the frame, though, as Kwan scored on a sacrifice fly by McFadden and senior left fielder Matt Riser touched the paystation when senior centerfielder Nathan Southard was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to account for the final score.

LSU threatened to claw back into the ballgame in the ninth when centerfielder Jarred Bogany hit a one-out single through the right side of the infield and Will Harris, who started the game at third before talking over pitching duties in the bottom of the eighth, ripped a shot down the third-base line. Henry, however, was able to glove the ball cleanly, threw a strike to second baseman Brad Emaus, who in turn got the ball to Hamilton at first to spark the Green Wave celebration.

"We did a real good job tonight of executing and that's not something you can predict," Jones said. "You work hard on it and we executed our hit-and runs, we executed our steals, and ran a force pick and ran that properly. Trey Martin came in and got two double plays to get us out of some big innings."

LSU drew first blood in the opening stanza when Stewart lifted a sacrifice fly to center to score Hollander from third, but the lead would not last long as the Green Wave pounded out seven hits and took advantage of an error to take command of the ballgame with a five-run second.

Hamilton started the inning with a single, and Southard reached on an error in the ensuing at-bat. From there, Emaus, Henry and Guidry hit consecutive RBI-singles, and Kwan drove in a run with a groundout to third. Riser followed with an RBI-double down the right-field line to make it a four-run ballgame.

The Tigers got a run back in the fourth on a solo home run by second baseman J.T. Wise, but the Green Wave hung another five spot on the board in the bottom of the fifth to take a commanding 10-2 advantage. McFadden double and scored on an RBI-single by Hamilton, and with two away, Henry lifted a shallow fly ball to right that bounced in-and-out of first baseman Steven Waguespack's glove that allowed Hamilton to score all the way from second base.

Tulane made the miscue hurt as Guidry and Kwan sandwiched RBI-singles around a double steal by Guidry and Henry, and the route was on.

Porlier (5-3) got the win after allowing five runs on nine hits while walking a pair, and Martin closed the door on the Tigers with 2.2 shutout innings in which he allowed just one hit, a single in the ninth inning. LSU, meanwhile, used seven pitchers, including starter Michael Bonura (2-1) who gave up five runs (four earned) on five hits while throwing just 17 pitches in one inning of work.

The Green Wave return to action on Friday, April 21, when they open a three-game series against Stephen F. Austin at 6:30 p.m. at Zephyr Field. The two teams will do battle again on Saturday at noon before closing out the weekend on Sunday with first pitch slated for 7 p.m.

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