No. 3 Tulane Defeats Nicholls State, 3-1

The Green Wave returns to action on Friday, April 1, when they take on Conference USA foe UAB for the first of a three-game series at Turchin Stadium. The two teams will do battle again on Saturday at 2 p.m. before closing the weekend out on Sunday with first pitch slated for 1 p.m.

THIBODAUX, La.–Senior shortstop Tommy Manzella went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and the Green Wave offense scored three runs in the final two frames as the No. 3 Tulane University baseball team won a wild one at Nicholls State, 3-1, Tuesday evening at Ray E. Didier Field.

After a seven-inning pitchers' dual, the Green Wave scored two runs in the eighth and another in the ninth en route to the victory. Freshman reliever Sean Morgan came on with the bases loaded and two out in the seventh, and gave Tulane an inning and a third of solid relief to earn his fourth win of the year, and sophomore right-hander Daniel Latham posted a strikeout and a game-ending double play ball to pick up his fourth save of the season.

With the win, Tulane runs its winning streak over the Colonels to 10 games and improves to 22-5 on the year. Nicholls State, meanwhile, falls to 14-12.

Both teams had chances in the seventh as Tulane and Nicholls State had bases loaded situations in the frame. In the Green Wave's half of the inning, senior second baseman Joe Holland ripped a shot to centerfield where the Colonels' Josh Thomas made what was initially ruled a diving trap. After a huddle by the umpires, the ball was ruled a catch and Nicholls would escape.

In the home half of the stanza, the Colonels posted a pair of singles to put runners on the corners and chase Tulane starter J.R. Crowel from the contest. Morgan walked the first man he faced to load the bases, but stuck out NSU leadoff man Michael Roberts to get out of the inning unscathed.

The next frame, however, would decide the game as senior catcher Greg Dini hit a leadoff single, and junior centerfielder Nathan Southard walked in the ensuing plate appearance. Rookie third baseman Brad Emaus hit into a fielder's choice to erase Dini at third, but Manzella followed with an RBI-single to the gap in right center to break the scoreless ballgame. Emaus went to third on the play, and senior designated hitter Scott Madden hit a sacrifice fly to center to make it a 2-0 ballgame.

Nicholls State got a run back in the bottom of the inning when shortstop Tim Daigle hit a leadoff single and right fielder Bubba Bell hit a one-out double past a diving Will Rice in left to cut the lead in half. Rice would recover to throw out Daigle, who tried to advance to third, and the Colonels would not score the rest of the way.

Tulane added an insurance run in the ninth as Rice reached on a two-base error to open the frame, and would score on a fielder's choice ball off the bat of Holland. Nicholls had the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the ninth as pinch hitter Thomas Bourne drew a leadoff walk, but Latham retired the only two men he faced to clinch the victory.

Lost in the late-inning hysteria was outstanding pitching performances by Crowel and NSU starter Justin Breaux. Crowel went 6.2 shutout innings for the Green Wave, striking out five and walking a pair while scattering three hits, and Breaux kept Tulane off the board in 6.1 frames, scattering two hits and four walks while fanning a pair. The difference in the ballgame was the bullpen as Tulane allowed just one run, while the Colonels' relievers gave up three.

Aaron George, the third pitcher used by Nicholls State in the ballgame, was tagged with the loss after giving up the two runs in the eighth to fall to 2-1.

The Green Wave returns to action on Friday, April 1, when they take on Conference USA foe UAB for the first of a three-game series at Turchin Stadium. The two teams will do battle again on Saturday at 2 p.m. before closing the weekend out on Sunday with first pitch slated for 1 p.m. For ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE.


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