TU Baseball Takes Series from George Mason: 13-1

Green Wave pounds out 15 hits, including two doubles, a triple and a home run to improve to 5-1.

First baseman Michael Aubrey and shortstop Tony Giarratano each tallied three hits, and second baseman Tommy Manzella went 2-for-3 with a home run and a double as the Tulane University baseball team defeated George Mason 13-1 in the rubber match of a three-game series Sunday afternoon at Turchin Stadium.

After giving up an unearned run in the top of the first inning, Tulane plated three run in each of the first three stanzas to take control on the contest and scored twice more in the fifth and sixth innings to halt the game via the Sunday 10-run-rule after seven. With the victory, Tulane takes the series two games to one and improves to 5-1 on the year. Mason, meanwhile, falls to 1-2.

Freshman starter J.R. Crowel earned his second win of the year with five strong innings, striking out six while allowing four runs and walking two. Fellow rookie Tyler Kimmons tossed a scoreless sixth for Tulane, and Brian Bogusevic moved to the mound from right field to strike out a pair of Patriot batters in a three-up, three-down seventh.

George Mason took the early lead in the first when right fielder Chris Looze ripped an RBI-double to right center to score shortstop Jeff Palumbo who reached on an error two batters earlier.

The lead, however, would not last past the bottom of the frame as Giarratano singled, Aubrey got hit by a pitch, the duo advanced a base on a double steal, and Bogusevic tied the game with an RBI groundout. After a walk by catcher Brian Bormaster, left fielder Aaron Feldman put the Green Wave ahead for good with a two-RBI single to right to give Tulane a 3-1 lead.

One inning later, Tulane manufactured some runs as third baseman Tim Guidry hit a leadoff single and centerfielder Jonny Kaplan walked one plate appearance later. The pair moved up one base each on a sacrifice bunt by Giarratano, and Aubrey brought them home with two-run single to left. Aubrey moved to third on a single by Bogusevic and scored the Green Wave's sixth run of the game when pitcher Jake Glanzmann's pickoff attempt sailed over the head of third baseman Nick Shimer to give the home team a five-run lead.

The third followed a similar pattern as Feldman led off the frame with a single and scored on an RBI-double off the bat of Manzella, and Tulane added a pair of runs on an RBI-groundout by Kaplan and a run-scoring single by Aubrey to take a 9-1 advantage.

After a scoreless fourth, Manzella clubbed a leadoff homer over the wall in right central, and Kaplan, Giarratano and Aubrey hit consecutive singles to push the led to 11-1. Following a one-out single and a two-out walk by pinch-hitter Turner Brumby in the sixth, Kaplan slashed a two-RBI triple to the gap in left center to account for the final score.

Glanzmann (0-1) got the loss for George Mason, lasting just two innings while giving up six earned runs on five hits while walking three. Reliever Eric Gibson did not fare much better as the freshman southpaw gave up seven earned runs on 10 hits in 4.0 innings of work.

The Green Wave returns to action on Friday, Feb. 21 when they begin a three-game series against Pepperdine.

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