Tulane Defeats Charlotte 6-5 At Turchin

Junior first baseman Wes Swackhamer went 3-for-4 with a double and a home run, and senior closer Joey Charron picked up his third save of the season as the Tulane University baseball team defeated Conference USA foe Charlotte Friday evening at Turchin Stadium

Junior first baseman Wes Swackhamer went 3-for-4 with a double and a home run, and senior closer Joey Charron picked up his third save of the season as the Tulane University baseball team defeated Conference USA foe Charlotte Friday evening at Turchin Stadium.

Both Tulane and Charlotte totaled 10 hits on the day, and the 49ers actually posted better power numbers with four home runs. Miscues proved to be the difference, however, as the visiting squad committed a season-high seven errors that led to a pair of unearned runs. With the win, the Green Wave improve to 17-7 overall and 3-1 in league play. Charlotte, meanwhile, falls to 13-7 on the year and 3-1 in C-USA action.

Tulane led 4-3 after five innings, but Charlotte tied the score in the top of the sixth on a leadoff home run by designated hitter Kris Rochelle. First baseman Jamie Rusco walked and left fielder Brian Scafe following with a single with nobody out, and head coach Rick Jones called on Matt Goebel to put out the fire.

The sophomore right-hander from Austin, Texas, came through for Tulane as he sandwiched a ground ball fielder's choice between a pair of foul outs to catcher Greg Dini to get out of the inning without any further damage done.

Tulane broke the tie in the home half of the frame when Swackhamer hit a leadoff double, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by junior shortstop Tommy Manzella, and scored on a wild pitch by Charlotte starter Zachary Treadway. Manzella reached via error on his sacrifice bunt, went to second on the wild pitch and came around to score on a two-base throwing error by third baseman Adam Floyd to put the Green Wave ahead 6-4.

Charlotte shortstop Thomas Bowker cut the lead in half in the top of the seventh with a one-out solo homer, but Goebel retired the next three batters he faced before giving up a single to Scafe in the eighth. From there, Charron came on and pitched around a two-out single to keep Charlotte off the board.

The 49ers had the tying run 90 feet away and the go-ahead run at first in the top of the ninth when Bowker drew a one-out walk and centerfielder Adam Willard followed with a single, but Charron got Rochelle to bounce into a nicely-turned 4-6-3 double play to end the game and give Tulane its fourth consecutive victory.

Goebel earned the win for the Green Wave, striking out two and giving up just one run on Bowker's homer in 2.1 innings of work to improve to 1-1 on the year. Treadway (1-2), meanwhile, was nailed with the loss after allowing six runs (four earned) on nine hits while striking out six and walking one in a 6.0-inning start.

Charlotte drew first blood back in the second when Rusco hit a leadoff homer in the second, but Tulane answered in the bottom of the frame on Swackhamer's solo blast to tie the score. Junior second baseman Joe Holland gave Tulane a 2-1 lead in the third when he scored on a sacrifice fly to right off the bat of senior infielder Brian Bormaster, and sophomore right fielder Brian Bogusevic launched a solo home run to right to lead off the fourth and give Tulane a 3-1 advantage.

The lead would not last long, however, as 49er right fielder Spencer Steedley reached on a fielder's choice before Floyd crushed a two-run shot to left to tie things up at 3-all. Holland put the Green Wave with another run in the fifth after hitting a one-out single, advancing to third on a base hit by Bormaster and coming home on a potential double-play ball off the bat of junior left fielder Matt Barket that 49ers second baseman Cory Lane could not get a handle on.

Lost in the late-inning dramatics was a solid performance by Tulane starter Billy Mohl. The sophomore from Sugar Land, Texas, gave up just three runs on four hits while striking out four and walking one in five innings of work.

Tulane and Charlotte return to action on Saturday, March 27 when they square off for game two of the weekend series at 2 p.m. at Turchin Stadium. The two teams close out the series on Sunday, with first pitch slated for noon.

--www.tulanegreenwave.com--


Tulane Insider Top Stories