April 20, 2012

Base-running blunder in first inning proves fatal

Brandon Boudreaux thought he heard third-base coach Jake Gautreau saying, "take it, take it," on a shallow fly to right field, so he took off for home.

Gautreau actually was saying, "fake it, fake it."

The pop-up from Jeremy Schaffer barely reached the outfield turf, and Alex Friedrich's throw beat Boudreaux by about five steps as Tulane blew a huge opportunity after loading the bases with no outs in the bottom of the first inning.

The Green Wave (26-12, 5-5 Conference USA) never scored, losing an excruciating 1-0 series opener to 15th-ranked UCF (32-8) on Friday night at Turchin Stadium.

"That's on me," Boudreaux said of his first-inning blunder. "I should know better in that situation. You can't make an out at the plate right there with two more guys coming up with a chance to get some runs. When I saw the catcher come up the line, I knew the throw was going to be there earlier than I thought."

Boudreaux also made the last out, grounding into a 4-6-3 double play in the ninth. It was one of a season-high four double plays for the Green Wave, who were shut out for the fifth time this year despite getting 10 hits and putting a man on base in eight of nine innings.

UCF starter Ben Lively (6-1) pitched out of trouble repeatedly, allowing 11 baserunners in 6 1/3 innings. Then he turned it over to the Knights' dominating bullpen, which extended UCF's record to 29-0 when leading after seven innings.

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