In 13-plus innings of work, the Tigers still couldn’t figure out Tulane’s J.P. France. He picked up his second win of the season over LSU, giving the Green Wave the first season sweep of the Tigers since 2007.
It started with an RBI ground-out from Hunter Williams to put Tulane up 1-0 in the second inning. They’d add another pair of runs in the fifth inning. Jeremy Montalbano’s single extended the lead to two runs. Then LSU did the Wave a favor when Greg Deichmann couldn’t handle Jesse Stallings’ throw to first, which allowed another Tulane run to come in and make it 3-0.
The exclamation point came off the bat of Jake Willsey with a solo home run in the sixth to make it a 4-0 Green Wave lead.
Meanwhile, France struck out six in just over seven innings pitched. The only run he gave up came on a controversial balk call in the eighth inning.
“Oh it’s awesome being local here and being a Tulane fan from here,” says France. “I’ve been going to games since I was five or six. It’s huge beating the Tigers.”
“The thing about J.P. is he just attacked the zone and both sides of the plate, especially with his fastball,” says Tulane head coach David Pierce. “He had a lot of confidence pitching and gave us a chance to win. That’s what we ask of our starting pitchers, and he did a wonderful job for us.”
Even LSU head coach Paul Mainieri had to tip his cap to France.
“He just threw strikes really,” says Mainieri. “We just didn’t square many balls up on him. He did a good job.”
With the win, Tulane takes a five-game winning streak into this weekend’s series at home against Houston. LSU departs for Ole Miss on Wednesday afternoon for their series beginning on Thursday.
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