The series sweep was the fifth of the year for the Green Wave and marked the first time Tulane had ever taken all three games from the Cougars. With the Sunday win, Tulane improves to 26-11 overall and gets right back into the thick of the C-USA title race with a 9-6 league mark. Houston, meanwhile, falls to 18-18 on the year and 9-6 in conference play.
Tulane scored a pair of runs in the first and third innings and added another in the fourth to account for its total. Houston avoided a shutout by scoring a run of its own in the sixth. The Cougars mounted a rally in the seventh and had runners on the corners with nobody out but freshman righty Billy Mohl came in and got a pair of infield pop-ups and picked off Kevin Roberts at first to thwart the Cougar comeback.
Mohl faced just one over the minimum in 3.0 innings of relief, striking out one and walking one, to earn his second save of the year.
Houston starter Garrett Mock got off to a good start, striking out the first two batters he faced in the first inning but senior designated hitter Aaron Feldman was able to reach first on the second K courtesy of a wild pitch. Junior first baseman Michael Aubrey singled and senior centerfielder Jonny Kaplan walked to load the bases and set the stage for a two run single up the middle by Bogusevic to stake the Wave to a 2-0 lead.
The Green Wave doubled their lead in the third when Kaplan reached on a fielding error by Cougar shortstop Stuart Musslewhite, stole second base and scored on another Bogusevic single. Bogusevic went to second on the unsuccessful throw to the plate and rookie left fielder Nathan Southard followed with his first hit of the series to make it 4-0.
An inning later Tulane plated its fifth run without the benefit of a base hit as junior third baseman Brian Bormaster drew a leadoff walk, advanced the bases on a sacrifice bunt by junior catcher Matt Mann and a wild pitch before touching the paystation on a passed ball by catcher Nick Bott.
The Cougars had several opportunities to get on the board, but stranded five runners in scoring position, including three at third base. Houston had Hahn in a tight spot in the first when the junior from Lousiville, Ky., plunked leadoff hitter Michael Bourn and walked Travis Tully, but Hyung Cho hit a humpback liner to short in the next at-bat and junior Tony Giarratano was able to double-up Bourn at second as the Cougar centerfielder was breaking for third on contact.
Houston got Matt Farrington, their leadoff hitter in the second, on base and had runners on second and third with just one out after Farrington stole second, and advanced to third on a single by Musslewhite. Musslewhite then stole second on Hahn's next throw to the plate but Hahn battled back to get Bott to fly out to shallow right and then struck out nine-hole hitter Kevin Roberts to get out of the inning unscathed.
Hahn gave up just a single over the next two innings, and had the Cougars on the ropes again in the fifth by inducing a double-play off the bat of Roberts to erase a leadoff single by Bott. The only bump in the road for Hahn came later in the fifth, as Bourn drew a walk, advanced around the bases on a balk and a steal and scored on an RBI-single by Tully.
The Green Wave got out of that inning when Cho fouled out to Giarratano, but the Cougars did not go quietly as first baseman Thanon Papapvasiliou led off the sixth with a walk, went to second on a groundout and advanced to third on Hahn's second balk of the game. But once again, Hahn bore down and struck out designated hitter Brian Martin looking and Musslewhite swinging to strand the leadoff runner 90 feet from home plate.
Hahn earned the win to improve to 7-1 on the year and Mock was slapped with the loss after allowing five runs – two earned – on five hits while striking out three and walking three to fall to 2-3.
The Green Wave returns to action on Tuesday, April 15 when they travel to Baton Rouge to take on arch-rival LSU at 6:30 p.m. at Alex Box Stadium. Following the showdown with the Tigers, Tulane returns home to take on C-USA foe UAB in a three-game series beginning Friday, April 18 at Turchin Stadium. For ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE.