Tulane Defeats Pepperdine At Turchin, 10-9

First baseman Brian Bormaster ripped a two-out, run-scoring single to left in the bottom of the eighth, and closer Joey Charron tossed a pair of scoreless innings as the Tulane University baseball team defeated Pepperdine, 10-9, on a lovely Saturday afternoon at Turchin Stadium

First baseman Brian Bormaster ripped a two-out, run-scoring single to left in the bottom of the eighth, and closer Joey Charron tossed a pair of scoreless innings as the Tulane University baseball team defeated Pepperdine, 10-9, on a lovely Saturday afternoon at Turchin Stadium.

The Green Wave fell behind 9-6 after six and a half innings, but plated three runs in the bottom of the stanza and then loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth to set up Bormaster's game-winning heroics. Charron (1-0), meanwhile, did not allow a hit while posting a walk and a strikeout to earn his first victory of the season.

With the victory, Tulane avenges last night's 12-11 loss to improve to 9-3 on the year and set up the rubber match with Pepperdine on Sunday with first pitch slated for 1 p.m. The Waves, meanwhile, fall to 5-8.

Tulane would get on the boards first with a pair of runs in the third inning, but Pepperdine would answer in the top of the fourth with three runs of its own to take a 3-2 advantage. The lead would be short lived as the Green Wave would plate two runs in the fifth on a two-RBI single by junior outfielder Matt Barket, and another pair in the sixth on freshman designated hitter Mark Hamilton's two-run home to right to give the home team what looked like a comfortable 6-3 edge.

In the top of the seventh, however, things took a strange turn for the Green Wave as Pepperdine shortstop Patrick Rooney led off the frame with a single before Steve Kleen, Chad Tracy and Brent Haapanen ripped consecutive one-out base hits to cut the lead to two at 6-4. Tulane reliever Daniel Latham got pinch hitter Taylor Klosowski to roll a tailor-made double-play ball to short that Would have ended the inning, but the Green Wave's usually reliable shortstop Tommy Manzella couldn't handle the ball and Pepperdine went on to plate four more runs that inning on a bases-loaded walk and a two-RBI single by centerfielder Luke Salas to take a 9-6 advantage.

Like they had done the night before, the Green Wave refused to go away as sophomore outfielder Brian Bogusevic was hit by a pitch and Barket followed with a double before Bormaster laced an RBI-single to right to cut the lead to two and chase Pepperdine hurler Robert Hobbs from the game. From there, junior catcher Greg Dini ripped the second pitch he saw from Nelson Caraballo down the left field line to plate both Barket and Bormaster to tie the game at nine.

Pepperdine put the go ahead run on base in the eighth when first baseman Brent Lewis walked, stole second and advanced to third on a 4-3 groundout off the bat of Kleen, but Charron retired the next two batters in order to get out of the inning unscathed.

Manzella atoned for his mistake with a leadoff single in the bottom of the eighth and moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by junior second baseman Joe Holland. Junior outfielder Wes Swackhamer walked one batter later, and Barket was hit by a pitch by an 0-2 pitch with two away to load the bases and bring Bormaster to the plate. After taking the first offering from Caraballo for a strike, Bormaster ripped the next pitch he saw into left field to plate Manzella for the game-winning run.

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