Sam Houston eliminates Tulane in continuation of regional game Sunday
Three pitches into the resumption of the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional elimination game Sunday between Tulane and Sam Houston State, things were looking up for the Green Wave.
Simon Baumgardt, who was due to bat with the bases loaded, two outs and Tulane down 7-2 in the top of the seventh inning when play was stopped almost 20 hours earlier, had taken three consecutive balls to start his at-bat.
Four pitches later, Baumgardt grounded out to second to end the threat and Tulane’s last hope to rally. Forty minutes after that, its season was over after a 10-2 loss to the Bearkats.
The only runs scored Sunday came off the bat of Sam Houston third baseman Justin Wishkoski, who delivered a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth.
Logan Hewitt, who went the final 2 1/3 innings on Sunday, got his first save. Starter Steven Beard (8-3) was the winner, scattering nine hits over six innings.
Ricky Castro (4-7), who exited in the fourth inning on Saturday, took the loss for Tulane.
Sam Houston returns tonight at 8:06 p.m. to face the loser of Sunday afternoon’s LSU-Oregon State game. The Green Wave ends its season at 19-42.
For the first time since 1987 and only the third time in 22 appearances, Tulane went 0-2 in an NCAA regional.
Tulane outhit Sam Houston 12-11 but the Green Wave had just one extra-base hit, a double, and the Bearkats blasted four home runs.
Tulane Postgame Press Conference
NCAA Baton Rouge Regional Schedule
Sunday, June 4
· Sam Houston 10, Tulane 2 (Tulane eliminated)
· 2 p.m. – Oregon State vs. LSU
· 8 p.m. – Sam Houston vs. Oregon State-LSU loser
Monday, June 5
Regional Championship Round – Time TBD
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Lenny was involved in college athletics starting in the early 1980s, when he began working Tulane University sporting events while still attending Archbishop Rummel High School. He continued that relationship as a student at Loyola University, where he graduated in 1987. For the next 11 years, Vangilder worked in the sports information offices at Southwestern Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette) and Tulane;…