NEW ORLEANS — Tulane departed its latest nonconference baseball game with the same level of inconsistent play which has plagued the Green Wave throughout March.
Friday night’s 3-2 loss to Texas-San Antonio at Turchin Stadium continued a 10-game streak in which Tulane has won, then lost, then won, followed by another loss — a trend which concerns coach Rick Jones.
On Friday, Tulane’s lax effort at the plate wasted a solid performance by rising-star right-hander Tony Rizzotti, who, outside of a three-run lapse in the third, enjoyed another solid effort on the mound.
If the Green Wave (10-10) continues to chase unhittable pitches, as it did during the opening contest of this three-game home series, their offensive woes will continue.
“A good hitter’s got to be able to recognize a pitch and stay off a pitch that’s not hitable, and we haven’t done very much of that,” Jones said. “It’s very frustrating to watch.”
Tulane’s effort occurred in a game in which the Green Wave knew it needed to score runs — because of UTSA’s offensive prowess. The Roadrunners entered this weekend ranked fourth in the nation in hitting (.338) and second in the nation in hits (205).
On Friday, UTSA was certainly making contact.
With two outs in the third, Rizzotti allowed his three runs, starting with Horacio Correa’s RBI double to right. RJ Perucki followed with a double to left, driving in another run. Mike Warren’s triple to the left-field wall scored the last of the runs.
The lone offensive exception for Tulane in front of 1,842 fans was senior outfielder Brandon Boudreaux, who went 2-for-3 and drove in Tulane’s only runs. His single to left in the fourth scored two runs. And in the eighth, UTSA’s Riley Good had to track down Boudreaux’s shot to left in hold on to a one-run lead.
“We had something in the scouting report that said he (Kraft) gives breaking balls to lefties,” Boudreaux said. “I not saying I was looking for it, but when you see the ball coming out of his hand, you know it’s a breaking ball. When you come up in that situation with two strikes, you want to get the ball in the outfield just so you can score one guy.”
Excluding Boudreaux’s hits, neither occurred Friday night.
In the ninth, UTSA’s Matt Sims pitched a scoreless ninth.
UTSA’s Michael Kraft and Jordan Pacheco combined to allow two runs off six hits in eight innings.
Tulane’s Rizzotti allowed his three runs on nine hits in eight innings, recovering quickly from bad pitch placement in the third.
“I really thought we were going to come back, so I wanted to keep us in the game,” Rizzotti said.
Tulane’s series with UTSA continues at 2 p.m. Saturday.