It was the biggest hit of the season, and Richard Carthon’s career. His single over the head of LSU second baseman Connor Hale scored a sliding Jake Willsey from second base and Tulane beat LSU 3-2 Tuesday night at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. Tulane snapped a six game losing streak at the hands of the Tigers.
Kyle McKenzie, the 6th Tulane pitcher of the night, threw four shutout innings of two hit baseball to get the victory. Ironically McKenzie was the winning pitcher in a 9-1 win over LSU, May 18th, 2010. It was Tulane’s last win in the series, until Tuesday night.
The Wave took a 2-0 lead on a two run single in the 4th from shortstop Stephan Alemais. LSU tied it with 2 in the 5th and loaded the bases. But, Sean McMullen lined into unassisted double play to first baseman Garrett Deschamp. The scoreboard was then all zeroes, until Carthon delivered in the 9th.
“You can be a hero at any point, and it can happen at any time. And, Richard had a great at-bat and went out there and won the game for us,” said assistant coach Jake Gautreau.
Tulane played its fourth consecutive game without head coach Rick Jones, who is shelved with an undisclosed illness.