MONROE — Sophomore right-hander Randy LeBlanc threw six strikeouts in seven innings and got strong defense from his middle infield as Tulane defeated Louisiana-Monroe 5-2 at Warhawk Field in nonconference baseball Tuesday afternoon.
LeBlanc (2-2) — who earned his first win of the season against Louisiana-Lafayette last week — allowed five hits and walked two.
The hit total probably would have been higher were it not for Bowen Woodson at second base, who made three sparkling plays in the field on hard-hit balls for the Green Wave (19-20).
“That was the best outing of Randy LeBlanc’s career, in my opinion. ... Today was a special outing because the wind was blowing out in this short park,” Tulane baseball coach Rick Jones said. “He kept the ball in the park with his fastball early, and he got his breaking ball and his changeup working later.”
Woodson, who wasn’t feeling well before the game, got the start at second base.
He made the most of it.
“Bowen Woodson played ‘big league’ second base today,” Jones said. “He made three major league plays that saved us.”
Tulane got its offense going early against ULM (14-23), scoring three runs in the top of the first inning.
Richard Carthon drew a leadoff walk and stole second, and senior Sean Potkay drew a two-out walk. Garrett Cannizaro then ripped his eighth double of the season down the left-field line to score both runners, despite the protests from left fielder Chris Dudley that the ball got caught up in some tarp in foul territory.
Senior Tucker Oakley added a double of his own off the wall in left-center to score Cannizaro, giving Tulane a 3-0 lead.
As for LeBlanc, as well as he pitched last week against ULL, he was better against ULM, earning the win after scattering two runs and five hits in 91 pitches.
Tulane scratched a run across in top of the seventh, and the Warhawks answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the frame. With Alexander standing on first, Justin Stawychny executed a perfect hit-and-run, as his single slowly bounced into the gap in right-center, allowing Alexander to score all the way from first.
The Green Wave scored the game’s final run in the top of the eighth inning as Tim Yandel drove in Cannizaro.
Devin Malone (0-1) took the loss in his first career start; he faced just one batter in the second inning, allowing three runs on two hits with three walks and one strikeout.
ULM used seven pitchers in Tuesday’s game.
Alexander led the Warhawks with two hits, two runs and one RBI.
Brady Wilson earned his second save of 2013 after tossing two scoreless frames. Cannizaro led the Green Wave with three hits, two RBIs and two runs.
The Warhawks host the Red Wolves at 6 p.m. Friday.
Tulane hosts UNO at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Turchin Stadium.
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