Tulane Drops C-USA Road Opener To Cards, 6-2

Tulane and Louisville continue the series on Saturday with first pitch moved back to 12:30 p.m. due to a scheduling conflict at Cardinal Stadium. The two teams are slated to close out the weekend on Sunday at noon, but there is a possibility that the Cardinals and Green Wave may play a doubleheader on Saturday

LOUISVILLE, Ky.–Freshman third baseman Brad Emaus went 2-for-3 with a home run, and two Green Wave pitchers combined to strike out 10, but it was not enough as the Tulane University baseball team dropped a 6-2 decision to Conference USA foe Louisville in the series opener Friday night at Cardinal Stadium.

The Cardinals plated two runs in the first, and blew a close game open with a trio of runs in the seventh. The game, however, belonged to Louisville starter B.J. Rosenberg, who held Tulane to one run on five hits in seven innings of work. With the loss, Tulane falls to 20-4 on the year and 3-1 in C-USA play. Louisville, meanwhile, improves to 13-6 overall and 4-0 in league action.

Leading 3-1 after six and a half innings, Cardinal first baseman Jorge Castillo sparked the game-deciding frame with a single, while left fielder Isaiah Howes and right fielder Daniel Burton followed with base hits of their own to chase Tulane starter Micah Owings from the game. Designated hitter Greg Taylor ripped a two-run double in the ensuing at-bat, and catcher Derreck Alfonso ripped an RBI-single to left to give Louisville a 6-1 advantage.

Senior first baseman Scott Madden made it a four-run ballgame in the eight with a leadoff double, advancing to third on a groundout and scoring on a wild pitch by Cardinals' reliever Griffin Bailey, but that would be the last baserunner for the Green Wave on the night as Bailey retired the final three men he faced and closer Brian Halford tossed a three-up, three-down ninth.

Louisville got off to a fast start as leadoff hitter Boomer Whiting belted a home run to the short porch in right, and after reaching on an error and going to third on a failed pickoff throw, third baseman Nick Haley scored on an RBI-single by Howes to put the Cards ahead, 2-0.

Following a scoreless second, Emaus would cut the lead in half with a one-out homer to right, but Louisville would get the run back in the fifth when Whiting singled, went to third on an error and scored on a base knock off the bat of Haley.

Owings (2-3) would get tagged with the loss after giving up six runs (five earned) on 11 hits while striking out seven and walking one in 6.1 frames, and junior right-hander Billy Mohl fanned three in 1.2 innings of relief.

Tulane and Louisville continue the series on Saturday with first pitch moved back to 12:30 p.m. due to a scheduling conflict at Cardinal Stadium. The two teams are slated to close out the weekend on Sunday at noon, but there is a possibility that the Cardinals and Green Wave may play a doubleheader on Saturday.


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