The Green Wave belted a total of six home runs, including two by sophomore second baseman Tommy Manzella, as the Tulane baseball team split a doubleheader at Conference USA foe Saint Louis Saturday afternoon at the Billikens Sports Center.
Tulane dropped the opener 12-8, but battled back in the nightcap to take a 13-4 decision to set
the stage for the series rubber match on Sunday with first pitch slated for 1 p.m. With the split, the Green Wave (31-14, 13-7) put them-selves in position to not only win their first series on the road, but also match the amount
of regular-season wins from a year ago.
In game two, Manzella turned a 4-4 tie into
a Tulane romp with a leadoff home run in
the top of the fifth to give the Green Wave
a 5-4 lead they would not relinquish. Following
a scoreless sixth, Tulane padded its lead in
the seventh when pinch-hitter Gerald Clark hit
a leadoff single and Manzella walked before freshman outfielder Nathan Southard crushed
a three-run homer over the wall in left field
to give the Green Wave an 8-4 lead.
One inning later, shortstop Tony Giarratano hit
a one-out single and junior first baseman Michael
Aubrey followed with a walk, the duo advanced
on a double steal, then Giarratano scored on an errant throw by Billiken catcher Andrew Slania. Aubrey came around to score later in the inning on a wild pitch by reliever Kurt Struckhoff, and
Manzella hit his second homer of the day to close out the three-run inning.
Junior catcher Brian Bormaster closed out the scoring in the ninth with his first home run
of the year – a towering, two-run shot that scored
freshman third baseman Tim Guidry. Guidry had walked earlier in the inning.
Freshman southpaw J.R. Crowel, who got off to
a bit of a rocky start by giving up four earned runs in the first two innings, settled down to
give the Green Wave a complete-game effort to improve to 7-0 on the year.
Tulane got off to a good start in game one, racing out to a 4-0 lead after two and a half innings. Tulane drew first blood in the second when Southard and Manzella hit back-to-back one-out singles, Southard scored on a double steal, and sophomore designated hitter Wes Swackhamer hit a two-run homer to right to give the Green Wave a 3-0 lead.
The Green Wave padded its lead in the top of
the third when Giarratano singled and scored
on a misplayed ball off the bat of Aaron Feldman,
but Saint Louis stormed back in the home half
of the frame with two runs on five hits to cut the lead in half.
Following a scoreless fourth, the Billikens broke the game open with seven runs on seven hits in the fifth to take a commanding 9-4 lead.
Tulane mounted several comebacks, scoring a pair of runs in the sixth and single runs in the seventh and eighth innings, but the Billikens
answered with a run in the seventh and another
in the eighth to keep the Green Wave at arms reach en route to the 12-8 win.
After Sunday's 1 pm contest, Tulane next returns to action on Tuesday, April 29 when they take
on arch-rival LSU at 7 p.m. in the Louisiana Superdome. The season series between the Green Wave and the Tigers is tied at one game each.
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Wave Drops Opener 12-8, Takes Nightcap, 13-4
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