Tulane Drops Early Game To Cards, 6-4

Gomes kept Louisville off balance for most of his stint on the mound, striking out eight and walking none during his 5.1 innings on the hill, but he could not stop the bleeding in the sixth and was tagged with the loss to fall to 3-1

LOUISVILLE, Ky.–Micah Owings and Greg Dini both had two hits, and rookie reliever Sean Morgan threw 2.1 shutout innings, but it was not enough as the Tulane University baseball team dropped a 6-4 decision to Conference USA foe Louisville Saturday afternoon in the first half of a split doubleheader at Cardinal Stadium.

Tulane led 4-2 after five and a half, but with one out in the bottom of the sixth, the Cardinals tallied five consecutive hits to score four runs and account for the final score. The two teams will close out the weekend series at 6:30 p.m. (CST) later today.

Green Wave starter Brandon Gomes had retired 11 batters in a row midway through the game, including a strikeout to open the bottom of the sixth. From there, however, the Cardinals tallied three consecutive singles, including an RBI base hit by first baseman Jorge Castillo to make it a 4-3 ballgame. Left fielder Isaiah Howes' RBI-double down the left field line tied things up at 4-all, and Daniel Burton sent a ball to the exact same spot for two runs to close out the scoring.

The Louisville bullpen made the lead stand up as Griffin Bailey tossed a pair of scoreless innings, and Brian Halford three a perfect ninth for his third save of the season. Cardinals' starter Skylar Meade (4-1) was the beneficiary of the big sixth, earning the win after giving up four runs on nine hits in 6 innings.

Tulane got things going early as senior shortstop Tommy Manzella sparked a two-out rally in the first with a double, and following a walk by senior designated hitter Scott Madden, senior left fielder Matt Barket clubbed a three-run homer to right to put the Green Wave ahead, 3-0.

The Cards would get a run back in the bottom of the stanza courtesy of a solo home run by second baseman J.T. LaFountain, and made it a one-run affair in the second when catcher Derrick Alfonso hit a two-out RBI-double to the wall in right.

The Green Wave made it a 4-2 game in the fourth when Owings hit a leadoff double to left, went to third on a wild pitch, and scored on an RBI-single by rookie right fielder Warren McFadden.

Gomes kept Louisville off balance for most of his stint on the mound, striking out eight and walking none during his 5.1 innings on the hill, but he could not stop the bleeding in the sixth and was tagged with the loss to fall to 3-1.


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