No. 19 Jayhawks Fall at Tulane, 5-3
March 17, 2010
NEW ORLEANS –
Despite three hits from left fielder Jimmy Waters, the 19th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks bowed for the second time in as many days to Tulane, falling 5-3 Wednesday at Turchin Stadium.
The Green Wave win their sixth in a row to improve to 12-6, while Kansas falls in back-to-back games for the first time this season to drop to 11-6.
The Jayhawks actually led in the game 3-2 on a two-out single by Brett Lisher in the eighth inning, which followed a double by Waters. However, Tulane came back with three runs in its half of the eighth inning.
Senior Travis Blankenship allowed a leadoff single to Blake Crohan and a double to Rob Segedin before recording an out on a sacrifice fly which tied the score at three. Junior Brett Bochy came on, but allowed a two-out double to Garrett Cannizaro, which plated the go-ahead run. It was Bochy’s first blown save this season.
For the second-straight day, KU’s offense struggled to score runs as the Tulane combination of Matt Petiton, Preston Claiborn and Nick Pepitone held the Jayhawks to three runs on eight hits.
Waters led the offense with three hits with a run scored and an RBI.
Kansas also wasted a good start by freshman Thomas Taylor. The 6-foot-2 righty held Tulane to two runs on six hits with no walks and five strikeouts over five innings. It was Taylor’s longest outing of the season.
Blankenship retired the first five hitters he faced in the game, before running into problems in the eighth inning.
The Jayhawks (11-6) will take on Saint Louis University in a rare two-game weekend series, beginning Saturday at the Billiken Sports Center at 1 p.m.