Lions fall to Tulane in slugfest

Forgive anyone for being a little disoriented after a three-hour, 21-minute game that included a combined 29 hits, 21 runs, eight pitchers and an injury to the home-plate umpire. The Tulane Green Wave came out on top in the aftermath with a 13-8 victory over Southeastern.

Dylan Hills (1-1) took the loss for Lions.

Outfielders Jeff Harkensee and Cody Gougler led the Lions at the plate with 2 runs batted, but the rest of the team came up just a bit short.

“It wasn’t what we expected,” Lions head coach Jay Artigues said. “We had our chances but couldn’t capitalize.”

Freshman left-hander Wade Konvicka (1-0) got his first collegiate win in his second start for Tulane.  He pitched six innings, but gave up eight hits and six runs, four earned.

“We were able to do some good things against him with out bats,” said Artigues. “But it wasn’t enough.”

The Green Wave took control in the sixth inning when it ripped off four runs off four hits for an 8-6 lead. Matt Ryan drove two runs in with a single to center field, Garrett Cannizaro scored from third on Jeremy Schaffer’s groundout, and Blake Crohan drove the other run in on a single to shallow center field.

The flurry was needed.

The Lions (24-14) had just made a three-run charge in the top of the sixth to take its first lead at 6-4.

Tulane got breathing room when the top five hitters in the order scored in the eighth inning, which was mostly defined by length and shallow singles.

But the Green Wave responded late, getting 11 hits after the sixth inning, and scoring nine runs, allowing closer D.J. Ponder to shut the Lions bats down in the ninth.

“We need to rebound from this loss,” commented Artigues. “We can’t let a midweek loss like this affect us as we look towards bigger goals.”

Artigues and the Lions head back into Southland conference play his weekend with a 3 game series at home against Texas A&M Corpus-Christi.

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