Tulane Defeats Arizona State, 5-3

The Green Wave led 5-1 going into the bottom of the ninth but the Sun Devils rallied to bring the tying run to the plate after Jeff Larish reached on a two-base error following Travis Buck's two-run homer. However, Latham struck out pinch hitter Nick Cadena on four pitches to earn his second save of the year

The Green Wave scored two runs in the first and the combination of starter Billy Mohl and reliever Daniel Latham made the early lead stand up as the Tulane University baseball team defeated nationally-ranked Arizona State 5-3 Friday evening at Packard Stadium.

The Green Wave led 5-1 going into the bottom of the ninth but the Sun Devils rallied to bring the tying run to the plate after Jeff Larish reached on a two-base error following Travis Buck's two-run homer. However, Latham struck out pinch hitter Nick Cadena on four pitches to earn his second save of the year.

Tulane's win snapped an 18-home game winning streak by Arizona State dating back to April 18 of last season. The win also runs the Green Wave's winning streak to four games and improves the team to 12-3 on the year. Arizona State, meanwhile, falls to 15-3.

Tulane's four, five and six hitters – Brian Bogusevic, Matt Barket and Wes Swackhamer – each had two hits, but the game, however, belonged to Mohl, who gave up just one run on two hits in six-plus innings. He walked six batters and got himself into some tight spots, but struck out three and got the outs when he needed them to improve to 4-0. All told, the Sun Devils stranded 10 runners on base, including seven in scoring position.

The Green Wave got off to a good start as junior shortstop Tommy Manzella and junior second baseman Joe Holland hit back-to-back singles to open the frame, and senior catcher Brian Bormaster reached on a fielder's choice to put runners at the corners with one away.

Bogusevic put Tulane ahead with an RBI-fielder's choice, and Swackhamer gave the Green Wave a 2-0 advantage on an run-scoring single through the right side of the infield.

The score remained the same until the fifth when Holland reached on an error and Bormaster scorched a double off the wall to give the Green Wave a 3-0 lead. The hits kept coming in the inning as Bogusevic followed with a triple to right central and Barket ripped a base hit up the middle of a drawn-in infield to plate Tulane's final run.

From there, Arizona State head coach Pat Murphy brought in Erik Averill to replace starter Jeff Mousser, and Averill kept the Green Wave at-bay the rest of the way.

The Sun Devils got on the board in the seventh on a bases-loaded, RBI-groundout off the bat of Larish, but Latham got pinch-hitter Ryan McKenna to ground out to second to get out of the inning without any more damage done.

Tulane and Arizona State return to action on Saturday when they play game two of the series at 2 p.m. and the two teams close out the series on Sunday when first pitch is once again slated for 2 p.m.

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