Richard Carthon singled home Jake Willsey with two out in the bottom of the 11th inning to give Tulane a 3-2 victory against LSU in a non-conference game at Turchin Stadium in New Orleans on Tuesday night.
HOW THEY SCORED
Tulane fourth inning - With one out, Jake Rogers walked. After Lex Kaplan flied out to centerfielder Andrew Stevenson, Willsey singled. Carthon walked to load the bases. Rogers and Willsey scored on a single by Stephen Alemais. TULANE 2, LSU 0
LSU fifth inning - Conner Hale walked and moved to second on a wild pitch by Tyler Zamjahn. Christian Ibarra walked. Jake Fraley got an infield hit to load the bases. Hale scored on a walk to Kramer Robertson. Ibarra scored on a sacrifice fly to the leftfielder by Mark Laird. LSU 2, TULANE 2
Tulane 11th inning - With two out, Willsey doubled. Willsey scored on a single by Carthon. TULANE 3, LSU 2
LSU WASTED SCORING OPPORTUNITIES
Second inning - With one out, Stevenson singled. Stevenson moved to second on Hale's ground out to the shortstop. Ibarra grounded out to the second baseman.
Fourth inning - With two out, Kade Scivicque doubled. Stevenson grounded out to the third baseman.
Seventh inning - Ibarra walked and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Fraley. After Robertson walked, Laird hit into a 4-6-3 double play.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYER
Scivicque had two of LSU's five hits in four at-bats. Unfortunately, Scivicque came to the plate with no one on base all night. He hit a two-out double in the fourth, but was stranded when Stevenson grounded out. In the eighth, Scivicque singled after Sean McMullen hit into a double play. Scivicque was replaced for a pinch-runner after that hit.
It was another rocky outing for Cody Glenn, who allowed two runs and five hits in four innings. Glenn walked two - both in the fourth inning when Tulane scored two runs. He struck out four. Glenn had problems closing out innings. After striking out two hitters in the third, Glenn permitted the Green Wave to fill the bases on two singles sandwiched around a hit batter. Glenn got Andrew Garner to ground out to shortstop Alex Bregman to end the threat. In the fourth, Tulane had a runner on first with two out. But, Glenn gave up a single to Willsey and walked Carthon to fill the bases. Alemais then delivered his two-run single.
The LSU bullpen, which didn't allow a run in 11.1 innings Sunday against Georgia, turned in another spectacular job against Tulane. Two Tigers relievers - Brady Domangue and Kurt McCune - combined for six hitless and scoreless innings. Domangue, who threw two innings, got into trouble in the sixth when he issued two walks. An error by Stevenson in centerfield prior to the bases on balls allowed Tulane to load the bases. Domangue retired Alemais on a fly ball to Laird in rightfield to end the inning. McCune, who threw 1.2 innings as Sunday's starter, permitted two base-runners - both on walks. Neither runner got past first base against McCune, who struck out four. Nate Fury wasn't as successful as Domangue and McCune. After getting two outs on ground balls in the 11th, Fury gave up a double by Willsey and the game-winning single by Carthon.
Bregman once again batted second with McMullen as the three-hole hitter and Laird as the leadoff batter. Laird went 0-for-4 and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. Bregman got on base three times - once for being hit by a pitch and twice on walks, one intentional. He flied out and grounded out in his other two plate appearances. McMullen went 0-for-5 and hit into two double plays. On one of the double plays, Bregman was doubled off first after first baseman Garrett Deschamp caught McMullen's line drive. McMullen has hit into four double plays in the past two games. . .Scivicque was the catcher and McMullen was the designated hitter. Fraley got the start in leftfield. . .Stevenson had two hits, while Fraley had one. . .On Sunday, LSU drew eight walks against Georgia and scored just two runs in 13 innings. On Tuesday, the Tigers had seven bases on balls and a hit batter and scored two runs in 11 innings. . .LSU stranded seven runners, five in scoring position. The Tigers were 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position. That one hit by Fraley did not drive in a run. . .Green Wave starting pitcher Corey Merrill threw just two innings. Tulane used six pitchers with Kyle McKenzie working the final four innings. McKenzie allowed two hits, walked one and struck out five. . .Tulane stranded 11 runners, six in scoring position. . .All three of the Green Wave's runs came on two-out hits. . .LSU pitchers walked six and struck out ten. . .Stevenson and the first baseman Hale made errors. . . Alemais and Willsey, two freshmen, each had two hits for Tulane. . .In seven of their last eight games, the Tigers have scored four runs or less. LSU has a 3-3-1 record in those games. The Tigers have scored only two runs in each of their last three games. . .LSU had a six-game winning streak against Tulane snapped. The Tigers' last defeat against the Green Wave occurred in 2010 when they lost 9-1 at Turchin Stadium. . .LSU is 20-5-1, while Tulane is 13-11. . .The paid attendance was 3,801.
FROM THE LOCKERROOM
Coach Paul Mainieri
"It was a tough night for our hitters. We just couldn't get anything going. When we had an opportunity for a big inning, we crushed the ball but right at their first baseman for a double play. Kurt McCune was tremendous in his outing and that was certainly a bright spot for us. We're disappointed right now, but we have to move forward and re-focus on getting back into conference play this weekend."
LSU will play Florida at McKethan Stadium in Gainesville on Friday at 6:30 p.m. The Gators (16-9, 3-3) defeated Florida State 4-1 in Jacksonville on Tuesday night. Aaron Nola (5-0) will be the starting pitcher for the Tigers. The LSU-Florida game will be broadcast on CSS/CST.