Miscues Costly As Wave falls To Pepperdine, 12-11

The Green Wave pounded out 14 hits, including five home runs, and erased a six-run deficit, but it was not enough to overcome six errors as the Tulane University baseball team dropped a 12-11 decision to Pepperdine in a wild one Friday evening at Turchin Stadium

The Green Wave pounded out 14 hits, including five home runs, and erased a six-run deficit, but it was not enough to overcome six errors as the Tulane University baseball team dropped a 12-11 decision to Pepperdine in a wild one Friday evening at Turchin Stadium.

Trailing 6-0 after three and a half innings, Tulane rallied back to take an 8-7 lead in the sixth, but a pair of errors in the top of the seventh led to four Pepperdine runs and the Waves would keep Tulane at arms length the rest of the night to seal the deal. With the loss, Tulane falls to 8-3 on the year. Pepperdine, meanwhile, improves to 5-7.

Tulane was not without its stars as junior right fielder Matt Barket went 3-for-4 with a walk and three RBI, and senior catcher Brian Bormaster belted two home runs in a 3-for-5 effort. Defensive proved to be the difference in the contest, however, as the six Green Wave miscues led to five unearned runs for the Waves.

Pepperdine kept Tulane starter Billy Mohl under pressure from the beginning, putting runners in scoring position in each of the first five innings. Mohl was able to pitch out of a few jams in the first and second stanzas, but first baseman Brett Lewis sparked sparked a two-out rally in the third with an RBI single to break a scoreless tie. Designated hitter Steve Kleen followed with a base knock of his own, and catcher Chad Tracy hammered a home run in the ensuing at-bat to give the Waves a 4-0 lead.

Right fielder Justin Sandberg kept the pressure on with a a leadoff double in the fourth, and scored on a high throw to first following a sacrifice bunt attempt off the bat of second baseman David Uribes. Uribes would go all the way to third on the error, and Luke Salas would bring him home with a sacrifice fly to make it 6-0.

Junior left fielder Wes Swackhamer put Tulane on the board with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the inning, Barket singled two at-bats later, and Bormaster cut the lead in half with a two-run shot to left.

Pepperdine would get a run back in the top of the fourth, but the Green Wave continued to chip away with three runs in the bottom of the inning, and junior shortstop Tommy Manzella gave Tulane an 8-7 advantage in the sixth with a two-run bomb to left.

The lead would not last long, however, as Tracy crushed his second home run of the day to lead off the seventh, and the Green Wave committed a pair of errors that would lead to Pepperdine's four-run stanza and give the Waves an 11-8 lead they would not relinquish.

Barket cut the lead to one with his first home run of the year – a two-run shot to right central – but Tulane continued to hurt itself in the top of the eighth when an error and a wild pitch led to another Pepperdine run in the eighth that would prove to be the difference inthe game.

Bormaster cut the lead to one at 12-11 in the ninth on a towering shot that went over the scoreboard in left, and Tulane had the tying run on base as junior first baseman Greg Dini walked before being replaced by pinch runner Tim Guidry, but Pepperdine's Kleen – who came on to pitch at the beginning of the inning – struck out the next two batters he faced to seal the Waves' win.

Sophomore reliever Matt Goebel (0-1) was saddled with the loss after giving up two runs (one earned) on two hits while walking two and striking out three in 1.2 innings of work. Pepperdine's Paul Coleman (2-0), meanwhile, earned the victory for the Waves with a 1.1 innings of relief where he gave up four earned runs on six hits with three strikeouts.

Tulane and Pepperdine will play again on Saturday at 2 p.m. before closing out the weekend on Sunday with first pitch slated for 1 p.m. For ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE.

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