BLOG: The choice to push today’s game back from noon to 5 p.m. looks like it will pay off. It’s chilly, with wind blowing from left field to right field, but at least it’s not raining.Ole Miss will look to claim the series today after taking Game 1 on Friday 5-1.
MIXING IT UP: Tulane has decided to mix up its previously announced rotation, bumping up right-hander Randy LeBlanc from Sunday to today.
LeBlanc is 0-0 in two appearances this season — both wins against Sam Houston State and George Washington — with a 3.27 ERA. In 11.0 innings, the 6-foot-4 freshman has struck out 14 and walked four, allowing four earned runs with an opponent’s batting average of .310.
— STARTING LINEUP —
CF Tanner Mathis (.372)
C Miles Hamblin (.323)
1B Matt Smith (.250)
DH Matt Snyder (.405)
RF Matt Tracy (.407)
3B Preston Overbey (.326)
LF Zach Kirksey (.400)
2B Alex Yarbrough (.262)
SS Blake Newalu (.400)
RHP David Goforth (0-1; 2.19 ERA)
Tulane 3, Ole Miss 0 (TOP 3): Tulane leadoff hitter Nick Boullosa tallied his first home run of the season by getting a hold of a pitch from Ole Miss starter David Goforth and placing it in the Green Wave’s bullpen for a three-run shot. Garrett Cannizaro and Quinn Pippin both scored on the homer, reaching base on a double and a walk respectively.
Tulane 4, Ole Miss 0 (Top 5): Boullosa struck again in the fifth inning, scoring Pippin from second base on a single up the middle.
Tulane 4, Ole Miss 1 (BOTTOM 5): Ole Miss center fielder Tanner Mathis broke up LeBlanc’s shutout in the bottom of the fifth, scoring Alex Yarbrough from second base via a single up the middle.
LeBlanc picked up his first collegiate win, allowing just one hit in 4.2 innings while striking out eight and walking just one.
LeBlanc left in the fifth inning due to an injury. Trainers came out and had LeBlanc throw one more warm up pitch before shutting him down.
After 2.1 scoreless innings in relief by Alex Facundus, Nick Pepitone pitched the final two innings without allowing a run.
Goforth fell to 0-2 on the year, allowing all four runs on seven hits and two walks in 7.0 innings. He also struck out two.
Ole Miss(10-2 overall) and Tulane (8-3) will return to the diamond tomorrow for a 1:30 p.m. start. (March 5, 2011)