Feb. 22, 2014
RUSTON, La. - Tulane hitters totaled 19 hits and scored almost as many runs as the Green Wave took the series from Louisiana Tech with a 16-3 victory in Game 2 Saturday afternoon at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
All 16 runs Tulane (6-0, 2-0 C-USA) scored on the day were earned as LA Tech (1-4, 0-2 C-USA) pitchers had trouble containing the Green Wave bats throughout Saturday's league contest.
Randy LeBlanc (2-0) earned the win after pitching seven innings for the Green Wave, while giving up three runs - all unearned - off six hits. LeBlanc struck out six LA Tech batters on the afternoon and walked just two. Tim Yandel came on in the eighth to close out the final two innings for Tulane. Yandel allowed just one hit in the outing.
Senior left hander Luke Giddens (0-2) struggled early on and was charged with the loss after failing to make it out of the second inning. Overall, Giddens pitched 1.2 innings, allowing six runs off six hits and faced just 10 batters. Mark Baughman followed and gave up seven runs off seven hits in 3.2 innings of relief. Braden Bristo came on in the sixth and gave up two runs on five hits in 2.2 innings before Paul Harris closed out the ninth, allowing the final run of the day for Tulane.
Giddens had a rough start in the first, allowing four runs on four hits, including a three-run home run to left field by Tulane third baseman Hunter Hope. He also hit two batters in the inning to give the Green Wave an early 4-0 advantage. Two doubles in the second drove home two more Tulane runs before Baughman came on in relief to close out the inning.
In the top half of the third, the Green Wave bats continued to pound the LA Tech pitchers as five more Tulane runners crossed home plate to give the visitors an 11-0 lead after two and a half innings of play.
The Bulldogs scored three unearned runs in the bottom of the third after Tyler Ervine roped a three-RBI double off the center field fence with the bases loaded to get Tech on the scoreboard.
Tulane added five hits to the onslaught in the sixth, scoring four runs to make it 15-3 over the Bulldogs. A final run in the ninth off a sacrifice fly by Garrett Deschamp would wrap up the scoring for the day for the Green Wave.
Both Deschamp and Hope put together career days at the plate for Tulane as they combined for a total of eight hits in the win. Deschamp was 4-for-5 with a double, six RBI and two runs, while Hope was 4-for-6 with a home run, double, four RBI and he crossed the plate twice in the game. Andrew Garner, Richard Carthon and Bowen Woodson each totaled two hits on the afternoon.
Ervine drove in the only runs of the day for LA Tech as the senior first baseman was 1-for-2 with a double and three RBI. Jacob Derouen recorded his first hit of the season with a double down the left field line to lead off the third inning, while third baseman Ryan Jones also tallied his first base hit of the campaign. Colby Johnson, Taylor Love, Stephen Gandy and Chandler Hall also had one hit each on the day for a total of seven LA Tech base knocks.
The series wraps up at 1 p.m. tomorrow as the Bulldogs will send right hander Richie Navari to the mound in an effort to salvage the weekend series. Tulane will counter with right hander Alex Massey.
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