March 1, 2013
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Tulane starting pitcher Tony Rizzotti (2-1) threw seven scoreless innings, allowing five hits with a walk and 10 strikeouts to lead the Tulane Green Wave to a 4-0 win over the Alabama Crimson Tide on Friday night from Sewell-Thomas Stadium. With the loss, Alabama drops to 7-2 on the season and Tulane gets back to .500 on the year with a 5-5 mark.
"Overall, their starter and reliever did a really good job of pounding the strike zone with the fastball,” UA head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “On our end, offensively, we really never got anything going and I thought we were very passive tonight at the plate. I know their kid is good, but we should have been more aggressive on the fastball. We have to create more opportunities for ourselves offensively. We really just didn't have that many quality at-bats tonight. We were down two strikes almost every hitter and every inning ... credit to their guys.”
Alabama starter Charley Sullivan (0-1) was charged with the loss, despite having a career-high 12 strikeouts in 5.2 innings of work. Sullivan allowed four runs on 10 hits and walked a batter. Sophomore right fielder Ben Moore and senior catcher Brett Booth both contributed multi-hit nights with two hits apiece, junior first baseman Austen Smith pitched in a base hit and freshman Georgie Salem drew a walk, stretching his reaching base streak to a team-high nine games.
For Tulane, shortstop Brennan Middleton was 4-for-5 with two RBI and Brandon Boudreaux and Cameron Burns added two hits each. Ian Gibaut threw the final two inning for Tulane, allowing no hits or runs with two strikeouts.
It was a pitchers’ duel early, as both Sullivan and the Rizzotti kept the opponent off the board for the first two innings, but Tulane got to Sullivan in the third inning to take a 1-0 lead.
A wild pitch on Sullivan’s third strikeout of the fourth inning allowed Tulane to reach base to stay alive in the inning. The Green Wave took advantage with a two-RBI single on the next at-bat to stretch their lead to 4-0.
“They had the big inning there in the fourth, which was all created with two outs,” Gaspard said. “I just thought our game today wasn't sharp, we were just a little off and never got going in any area tonight. We had a lot of strike outs, and the numbers looked ok, but the overall performance was not very sharp on our end."
Freshman right Keaton Haack had a career-high four strikeouts in 3.1 scoreless innings of relief for the Tide, but the Tulane bullpen kept the Tide in check to complete the combined shutout.
Alabama returns to action for game two of the series on Saturday at 2:05 p.m. CT, and the series finale is slated for Sunday at 1:05 p.m. CT.
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