Baseball Drops Midweek Contest at Tulane, 9-6
Communications Sr. Associate
NEW ORLEANS, La. – Tulane erased a 6-4 deficit with a five-run outburst in the seventh inning Tuesday night to defeat No. 11 LSU, 9-6, in Turchin Stadium.
The Green Wave improved to 21-21, while LSU dropped to 27-15 on the year.
LSU resumes Southeastern Conference action at 6:30 p.m. Thursday when the Tigers open a three-game series against Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Thursday's game will be televised by ESPN2, and it can be heard on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network and at www.LSUsports.net/live.
Trailing 6-4 in the seventh, the Green Wave erupted for five runs on four hits against LSU relievers Caleb Gilbert and Zack Hess. Tulane sent 11 batters during the plate during the inning, which featured RBI doubles by leftfielder Lex Kaplan and by centerfielder Grant Brown.
Hess (4-1), the fifth of seven LSU pitchers, was charged with the loss, as he allowed three runs on two hits in 0.1 inning with two walks and two hit batters.
“I thought there were opportunities for us early in the game after we received several free passes, but we didn't take advantage of them,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “We fight from behind and take a lead, but Tulane was able to get to our bullpen. Hess has been outstanding for us, he just had an off night. I certainly haven't lost any confidence in him and I know he hasn't lost confidence in himself. We've just got to regroup and get ready for Thursday at Alabama.”
Tulane reliever Chase Solesky (3-2) was credited with the win as he entered the game in the seventh and worked 1.1 scoreless innings, allowing two hits with no walks and no strikeouts.
Christian Colletti picked up his sixth save this season, as he fired 1.2 scoreless innings with one hit, no walks and one strikeout.
Tulane took a 1-0 lead in the first inning against LSU starter Matthew Beck when designated hitter Jarret DeHart delivered a run-scoring single.
The Tigers tied the game in the top of the second, taking advantage of a pair of Tulane errors. Shortstop Kramer Robertson's groundout with the bases loaded scored designated hitter Beau Jordan from third base.
Tulane struck for three runs in the second as rightfielder Grant Witherspoon collected a two-RBI single, and leftfielder Lex Kaplan ripped a run-scoring double off the wall in right field.
LSU narrowed the gap to 4-2 in the fourth on a solo home run by Jordan, his second dinger of the season and his first since March 26 at Florida.
The Tigers erupted for four runs in the sixth to grab a 6-4 advantage. Second baseman Cole Freeman provided an RBI single, and rightfielder Greg Deichmann launched a three-run homer, his 14th dinger of the season.