April 17, 2012

Wave rolling in all facets entering crucial stretch

Tulane and Southeastern Louisiana started Tuesday night's game with identical 25-11 records and matching green jerseys. The similarities ended soon after the first pitch.

The Green Wave routed the Lions for the third consecutive time, taking a 7-2 lead after five innings and cruising to a 7-3 victory at Turchin Stadium. Tulane, which already had clinched the Senators Cup that goes to the winner of the series, outscored Southeastern Louisiana 26-6 this year.

Both teams were coming off their best week of the season, but their execution and approach were dramatically different on a windy, rainy night. Tulane midweek stalwart Alex Byo (5-3) won his third consecutive start as the Green Wave took its fifth game in eight days heading into a pivotal Conference USA home series with 14th-ranked UCF.

"We're on a roll," Byo said. "We know how good we are. We know that we can compete with the best teams in the conference. It's not a question. It's when are we going to start taking the conference back over."

The Lions (25-12) threw sophomore Sean Kennel (0-1) to the dogs, giving him his first career start after he had thrown only 3.2 innings all year, including an ineffective relief stint on Feb. 28 at Turchin Stadium.

The Wave (26-11) used him for batting practice. He got 11 outs and gave up 11 hits, exiting after matching his season total for innings pitched. Brennan Middleton, Brandon Boudreaux, Garrett Cannizaro and Nick Schneeberger had consecutive hits in the fourth before Sean Potkay chased him with another single.

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