GREENVILLE, N.C.–Junior catcher Ty Wallace and senior centerfielder Nathan Southard belted solo home runs, but it was not enough as the Tulane University baseball team dropped game two of a Conference USA series at East Carolina, 13-3, Saturday evening at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
Pirates' southpaw Brody Taylor (6-2) tossed a complete game, his third of the season, striking out six and not allowing a walk. The ECU
offense, meanwhile, out-hit the Green Wave 16-8, including a two-run homer by first baseman Adam Witter in the third, a two-run shot by
catcher Jake Smith and a solo bomb by
centerfielder Jay Mattox in the fourth, and a three-RBI home run by third baseman Jake Dean in the seventh.
The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak for the Green Wave as Tulane falls to 29-16 on the year and 6-8 in C-USA action. East Carolina, meanwhile, improves to 28-16 overall and 7-7 in league play. The rubber match of the series is slated for Sunday with first pitch schedule for 10 a.m. (CDT).
Wallace posted his first multiple-hit game of his Division I career with a homer in the sixth and an infield single in the eighth. Redshirt-freshman right fielder Warren McFadden also posted a two-hit ballgame to extend his hitting streak to a team-best 15 games.
The story of the game, however, was the Pirates' ability to put up big innings as East Carolina scored four runs in both the third and fourth
innings, and quieted any talks of a Tulane comeback with a three-run seventh. Of the 11 runs scored in the three innings, eight came via the long ball.
Tulane started the game on a positive note as senior left fielder Matt Riser opened the contest with a leadoff double, and scored on McFadden's RBI-single to left center, which
gave the Green Wave a 1-0 lead. But East Carolina answered in the home half of the first in almost exactly the same fashion as leadoff man Harrison Eldridge opened the stanza with a double before scoring on a one-out sacrifice fly by Smith.
After a scoreless second, the Pirates posted three hits and took advantage of a pair of Green Wave errors to take control of the ballgame. Shortstop Dale Mollenhauer opened the third with a routine grounder to second, but junior first baseball Mark Hamilton could not cleanly glove the throw from sophomore Brad Emaus and the runner was safe.
Following a fielder's choice, Witter posted the first of three consecutive hits with a homer to left to give ECU a 3-1 lead. Mattox singled, stole second base and scored on an RBI-single to left by second baseman Ryan Wood. Wood went all the way to third on an error, and left fielder
Brandon Henderson made the miscue hurt with an RBI-groundout to third to cap a four-run frame.
Designated hitter Ryan Tousley and Eldridge hit back-to-back singles to open the fourth, and with runners on the corners, Tulane starter
Brandon Gomes was called for a balk when the ball slipped from his hand during his windup. Following a groundout, Smith hammered a two-run shot to left to give the Pirates an 8-1 advantage. One out and a pitching change
later, Mattox hit a solo shot to left center to make it an eight-run affair.
Redshirt-freshman right-hander Jonathan Garrett settled down after Mattox's homer to pitch a pair of scoreless innings, and the Green Wave
crawled back into the game on Wallace's homer in the sixth and Southard's bomb in the seventh.
The Pirates, however, put the game away in the bottom of the seventh when Wood and Henderson hit consecutive one-out singles and Dean snuck a well-hit ball just inside the right-field foul pole to put East Carolina ahead by nine. Mattox closed out the scoring one inning later with a two-out RBI single to score pinch-hitter Adam Hodges from third.
Gomes (5-6) was tagged with the loss after giving up eight runs (seven of them earned) on nine hits and a walk through three and a third innings. Garrett gave up four runs on five hits over the next 3.2 frames, and redshirt-junior Matt Goebel closed the game out on the mound, allowing one run on two hits in his lone inning of work.
Following the trip to Greenville, N.C., Tulane returns to Zephyr Field
on Tuesday, May 2, when it takes on McNeese State at 6:30 p.m. For
ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at
504-861-WAVE. The Ticket Office has recently returned to its usual
location on the first floor of the James W. Wilson, Jr. Center. Tickets
can also be purchased on-line at www.TulaneGreenWave.com or
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