Colonels shut out by Wave

NEW ORLEANS – A quick start proved to be the difference for the 11th-ranked Tulane University baseball team Wednesday night.

The Green Wave scored two runs in their first two at-bats and never looked back to beat Nicholls State 4-0 in a non-conference game at Turchin Stadium.

Nicholls State (9-17) has been shut out five times this season. The Colonels have also lost 12 of their last 13 games.

The shutout was Tulane’s sixth of the season.

Tulane (20-7) wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, as Nathan Southard led off with a walk in the bottom of the first inning. After stealing second and third, Southard scored on Brian Bormaster’s sacrifice fly to give the Green Wave a 1-0 lead.

Nicholls State had a chance to score in the second inning after loading the bases with no outs. But Tulane’s starting pitcher Brian Bogusevic retired the next three batters and the Colonels came away empty handed.

The Green Wave added another run in the bottom of the second inning when Bogusevic led off with a walk and later scored on Tommy Manzella’s two-out RBI single for a 2-0 lead.

Tulane added another run in the fourth inning on Southard’s RBI double. Southard drove in Tulane’s final run in the sixth inning with an RBI single for a 4-0 lead.

Bogusevic (4-2) picked up the win after pitching seven innings and allowing five hits and five strikeouts.

NSU’s Mark Fernandez (2-2) suffered the loss in his first start of the season. He allowed two runs on one hit and walked four in two innings of work.

Manzella led the Green Wave offense, going 2-for-2 with an RBI.

Michael Roberts and Thomas Bourne each went 1-for-3 for the Colonels.

Nicholls State returns to Southland Conference play Friday when they open a three-game series against Sam Houston State at Ray E. Didier Field. Friday’s game starts at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday’s first pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. The series concludes with a 1 p.m. Sunday game. All three games will be broadcast on KBZE 105.9 FM.