Baseball shut-out for first time this season in loss to ULL

Unable to score a run for the first time all season, Tulane baseball (18-19, 7-2 American Athletic Conference) was bested 1-0 by Louisiana-Lafayette (22-14-1, 10-4 Sun Belt Conference) the evening of Tuesday, April 19.

The Ragin’ Cajuns run came in the first inning, after four straight walks. Following the slip-up, the Green Wave only permitted two baserunners for the rest of the game, thanks to the pitching duo of sophomore Ross Massey and freshman Keagan Gillies.

Massey spent the first seven innings on the mound — his first start in three weeks — only allowing two hits and four walks. Gillies relieved him in the eighth for two perfect innings. Tulane head coach Travis Jewett, though disappointed by the loss, was proud of Massey’s performance.

“Losing isn’t ever what you want, but at the same time when you can look at inserting Ross Massey back into the starting rotation and to think that he would pitch seven innings of one-run ball, it’s awesome,” Jewett said to Tulane Athletics. “It almost gives me chills thinking about what he’s been through and what he’s done to get back to that moment. He gave us everything that we needed.”

The loss placed Tulane back under the break-even mark while allowing ULL to continue its three-game win streak, previously coming out of a series sweep of Arkansas State (19-17, 7-8 SBC). The last time the two teams played, on March 22, Tulane won 6-4. This loss ties the season series at 1-1.

Tulane got 14 runners on base and freshman shortstop Sal Gozzo had two of the game’s seven hits, despite a run-less finish. In the last three innings, Tulane loaded the bases every time. Overall, the Wave left 14 men stranded on base, nine in the last third of the game alone.

“We had guys on the bases all night,” Jewett said. “We’ve been coming up with those hits, and tonight we just weren’t able to come through with it. Sometimes you can take some positives even from a loss. We were in a situation to win that game, and that’s really all you can ask.”

The Green Wave looks to push its record back to .500, facing off against Southern Mississippi (29-9, 12-3 Conference USA) at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19 at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.

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