March 9, 2007
METAIRIE, La. - In front of 2,500 fans at Zephyr Field, Tulane starter Sean Morgan threw a complete game, holding LMU to one run while striking out 13. The Lions had a 1-0 lead in the early pitchers' dual, but could not hang on against Morgan and the 28th-ranked Green Wave. The loss snaps LMU's (8-12-1) four-game winning streak, while Tulane's (12-4) extends to eight straight games.
The 2 hour, 14 minute game was the quickest of the season for LMU, who was notched in an early pitchers' dual with 28th-ranked Tulane. LMU starter Brad Meyers (2-3) retired 11 of the first 13 batters he faced through the fourth inning.
But it was Morgan (4-1) who was the pitcher of the night, holding the Lions to the one run while fanning 13. Batters one through four in the LMU lineup finished just 1-for-15 off the Green Wave right-hander.
Both teams scored a single run in the fifth inning to make it 1-1. For the Lions, Sean Dovel led off the frame with a double down the left field line. Brian Wilson sacrificed him to third, and Marty Mullins drove Dovel in with a shot through the left side.
Tulane tied it at 1-1 on a leadoff home run by Tim Guidry.
By the end of the fifth inning, the starting pitchers' had identical stat lines, each allowing one run on four hits with six strikeouts.
But the Green Wave took a 3-1 lead in the sixth on a two-run home run by Warren McFadden. Tulane added another run in the bottom of the eight when Brad Emaus singled to bring in Anthony Scelfo to make it 4-1.
Meyers worked 7.2 innings, allowing the four runs on seven hits. The Lions' right-hander struck out seven. For his third straight start, Meyers threw better than seven innings with at least six strikeouts.
"He pitched well, but obviously not well enough to win," LMU Head Coach Frank Cruz said. "On Friday night, you've got to go toe-to-toe with their best guy. Their best guy only gave up one run, and that's what you have to do."
The Lions totaled five hits off Morgan, two of them doubles by Dovel. LMU left four runners on base in a game where baserunners were tough to come by.
Tulane currently sits at 28th in the national polls, but entered the series with an estimated RPI of ninth in the nation.
The three-game series between the Lions and 28th-ranked Tulane continues Saturday with a 12:00 PST start. Fans can catch the action right here at www.LMULions.com on both Gametracker and Lions' All-Access audio.