SAN MARCOS, Texas — Right-hander Tony Rizzotti pitched a one-hit shutout to lead Tulane to a 2-0 victory over Sam Houston State in both teams’ season opener at the Texas State Tournament.
On a chilly evening where the wind was blowing in from right field, Rizzotti (1-0) dazzled in his first start as a Greenie, hitting 96 mph on the radar gun.
Tulane coach Rick Jones was impressed.
“I certainly have not seen a better opening performance in a long, long time,” Jones said. “He threw eight more pitches than we planned on him throwing, but he was so smooth. I don’t know if you will see a better performance than what you saw tonight.”
Having not competed since 2011, Rizzotti was just excited to be back.
“Today was so surreal,” he said. “I’ve been dreaming about this for the last year, and tonight was better than any dream I’ve ever had. It felt great to go out there and have command of all three of my pitches.”
Rizzotti’s performance marks the first time the Green Wave have pitched a complete game since the 2011 season. It also marks the first opening day shutout since Tulane beat Illinois-Chicago 6-0 to open the 2008 season.
SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA 5, TENNESSEE-MARTIN 4:In Hammond, breaking a string of four-unanswered runs by Tennessee-Martin, the the Lions broke a tie with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning and held on for the win in their season opener.
The Lions scored the game’s first four runs in the bottom of the second. Sophomore catcher Sam Roberson hit his first collegiate home run with one out, plating Southeastern’s first run.
Freshman reliever Mason Klotz (1-0) picked up win for the Lions, retiring the final two batters in the sixth before yielding to Dylan Hills. Hills worked the game’s final three innings to earn his first save of the season. UT-Martin’s Carter Smith (0-1) snagged the loss in relief of starter Dan Tobik.
HOUSTON BAPTIST 9, NICHOLLS STATE 0: In Houston, sophomore right-hander Tyler Hoelscher tossed eight shutout innings and Josh Foust broke the game open with a grand slam as Houston Baptist cruised past Nicholls State.
Hoelscher scattered six hits, struck out three and walked one, and Ross Kennell pitched a perfect ninth for the Huskies.
Foust went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, a walk, four RBIs and two runs. Josh Martinez went 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI, while Samm Wiggins went 2-for-3 and scored three runs.
Matt Suk took the loss, allowing seven runs, five earned, on six hits. Suk struck out three in four innings.
Six different players recorded hits for Nicholls State, with Phillip Lyons’ double in the first serving as the only extra-base hit.
DELGADO 2, REND LAKE COLLEGE 0: In the first of two games played Friday, the Dolphins scored two runs in the first inning and held on in the second day of the “Rags” Scheuermann Memorial Tournament at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium in New Orleans.
Back-to-back RBI singles by Austin Barrios and Cameron Hoffman gave Delgado (1-2) all the offense it would need. John DeArmond got the win.
PENSACOLA STATE 3, DELGADO 0: In their second game Friday, the Dolphins allowed three runs in the top of the seventh in the “Rags” Scheuermann Memorial Tournament.
Evan Chacon (0-1) took the loss in relief of starter Pierce Liberta.
AUBURN MONTGOMERY 4, LOYOLA-N.O. 2: In Montgomery, Ala., Auburn Montgomery scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to win the series opener.
Loyola (4-10) had tied the game in the top of the eighth inning, before AUM scored the winning runs in the bottom of the inning. Karson Cullins (3-for-4) and John Nicholson had RBI singles for Loyola.
AUM (6-4) was led by Blake Bearden (2-for-4, RBI), Shane Turner (1-for-4, two RBIs) and Wes Hughes (2-for-3, run).
PENSACOLA STATE COLLEGE 8, DELGADO 3: In New Orleans, Pensacola broke a scoreless tie in a five-run sixth inning and added three more in the seventh to get the win in the first game of the Rags Scheuermann Memorial Tournament on Thursday at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium.
Brett Casteel singed in the first two runs of the game and Jake Swearingen followed with a three-run home run for Pensacola. Casteel added a three-run double in the seventh.
Delgado avoided the shutout in the seventh with Cody Farrell’s RBI walk.
Cody Farrell and Logan Jones added RBIs on a walk and fielder’s choice, respectively.