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Green Wave wash out LSU win streak
NEW ORLEANS, La. – Leftfielder Richard Carthon lined a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning Tuesday night to lift Tulane to a 3-2 win over fourth-ranked LSU at Turchin Stadium.
The loss ended LSU’s six-game win streak over Tulane. The Green Wave defeated LSU for the first time since May 18, 2010, also at Turchin Stadium.
LSU (20-5-1) travels to Gainesville, Fla. this weekend for a three-game SEC series versus Florida beginning on Friday. Tulane (13-11) travels to face Marshall this weekend in a three-game Conference USA series.
Tuesday night’s game was tied at 2-2 from the top of the 5th inning until Carthon’s walk-off hit in the 11th. LSU reliever Nate Fury (1-1) retired the first two Green Wave batters in the 11th, but second baseman Jake Willsey doubled before Carthon drove him home with a single to right field.
Tulane reliever Kyle McKenzie (3-0), the last of six Tulane pitchers, was credited with the win. McKenzie worked four scoreless innings, allowing two hits with one walk and five strikeouts.
Senior right-hander Kurt McCune turned in a brilliant relief outing for LSU, entering the game in the seventh and firing four scoreless frames. McCune allowed no hits with two walks and four strikeouts.
“It was a tough night for our hitters,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “We just couldn’t get anything going. When we had an opportunity for a big inning, we crushed the ball, but right at their first baseman for a double play.
“I thought Kurt McCune was tremendous in his outing, and that was certainly a bright spot for us. We’re disappointed right now, but we have to move forward and re-focus on getting back into conference play this weekend.”
LSU managed five hits on a chilly, blustery night with a strong wind blowing in from center field. Tulane also stifled LSU scoring threats by turning three double plays.
Tulane grabbed a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth when second baseman Stephen Alemais delivered a two-out, two-run single against LSU starter Cody Glenn.
The Tigers responded with two runs in the top of the fifth, taking advantage of four walks in the inning. Second baseman Kramer Robertson drew a bases-loaded walk and rightfielder Mark Laird lifted a sacrifice fly to tie the game.
The Tigers had a chance to take the lead in the fifth with one out and the bases loaded, but designated hitter Sean McMullen’s scorching line drive was snared by first baseman Garrett Deschamp, who stepped on the bag for an unassisted double play.