Texas State spoils great outing by Alex Byo with 2-0 win over Tulane

SAN MARCOS, Texas — Senior right-hander Alex Byo gave the Tulane baseball team a strong performance Saturday.

But Taylor Black and Texas State got the better of the Green Wave in a 2-0 victory.

The Bobcats scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the eighth inning off Tulane relievers Tyler Mapes and Brady Wilson, and Black struck out seven and allowed just four hits in 7.2 innings, upstaging Byo.

The senior had seven strikeouts and no walks in seven innings, but got a no-decision.

“We had a tremendous pitching performance from Alex Byo today,” Tulane coach Rick Jones said. “He was so good, but not unexpected, because he had a really good preseason. We had three sacrifice opportunities that we did not move the runner. That, along with the errors, are why we lost today.”

The Green Wave bats never came to life. Senior Brennan Middleton laced a double down the left-field line to lead off the top of the fourth inning, and he advanced to third on a fly ball by fellow senior Brandon Boudreaux, but he was left stranded. That was the closest Tulane came to scoring all day.

Freshman Tim Yandel also collected his first career hit in the sixth inning, getting the start at designated hitter (Yandel started second base yesterday, but moved to accommodate an injury to senior Blake Crohan, who hurt his shoulder in Friday’s game).

But for Tulane, the silver lining on the day was Byo. Through the first four innings, only one Texas State runner reached base on Byo when senior Garrett Cannizaro made an error in the third.

Black struck out seven for the Bobcats. Donnie Hart (1-0) faced one batter to close out the eighth, striking out Brandon Boudreaux. Austen Williams came on in the ninth, striking out two for the save.

Tulane faces Missouri State at 11 a.m. Sunday. Junior right-hander Kyle McKenzie will start for the Green Wave.