Early runs fuel Tulane in 8-2 win over Texas Southern

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NEW ORLEANS – Sophomore second baseman Jonathon Artigues and freshman designated hitter David Bedgood each collected two RBI and Tulane baseball scored six runs in the first three innings to power past Texas Southern, 8-2, Tuesday evening at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.

The Green Wave (20-22) scored three runs in the first inning, using a two-run double by Artigues, then added three runs in the third. Bedgood drove in a run in the first inning and homered in the sixth. In the third inning, junior first baseman Trevor Jensen homered, junior catcher Acy Owen doubled home a run and junior left fielder Ty Johnson hit an RBI single. The Wave finished with 10 hits, including three doubles and two home runs.

Tulane turned its first triple play in 13 years in the eighth inning. With junior Will McAffer pitching and runners at first and second, sophomore third baseman Kody Hoese caught a line drive and fired to Artigues at second, who in turn fired to Jensen at first for the third out, catching both runners off base. It was the first triple play Tulane has turned since 2005 against Cal State Fullerton.

“Everyone reacted to it well,” Tulane head coach Travis Jewett said of the triple play. “Hoese made the first one and threw a nice little uphill feed to Tigues, and it worked like a ground ball to Hoese and turned a nice little double play that way. Three outs, one pitch. It’s hard to beat that.”

Junior Ross Massey (2-2) struck out five and allowed one earned run while scattering nine hits to earn the win. Freshman Connor Pellerin, McAffer and graduate senior Ben White combined to hold the Tigers (19-23) scoreless over the final 3.1 frames.

Johnson and junior center fielder Grant Witherspoon started the bottom of the first inning with consecutive singles, and Artigues drove a double over the right fielder’s head to score both runners. Artigues then beat the throw to the plate on Bedgood’s ground ball to second to make the score 3-0.

Jensen hit his third home run of the season in the third inning – a solo shot into the wind to left field. Sophomore shortstop Sal Gozzo walked and scored on Owen’s double to the right center field gap, and Johnson drove in Owen with his base hit through the middle to extend the lead to 6-0.

Hoese scored on a bases-loaded balk in the fourth inning to make it a 7-1 game. In the sixth, Bedgood cleared the netting in right field with his second homer of the year. Tulane’s single runs in the fourth and sixth innings answered Texas Southern’s scoring in the top half of the frames to reach the 8-2 result.

The Tigers plated an unearned run in the fourth after an error led to catcher Blake Hicks’ RBI single. Designated hitter O.J. Oloruntimilehin hit an RBI single in the sixth inning. Starter Mason Furlong (1-6) took the loss for Texas Southern.

Tulane closed out its nine-game homestand with a 7-2 mark.

“We earmarked these nine games that we had at home, just trying to use the comfort of being in our own home,” Jewett said. “The team played well. We had back to back weeks winning three out of four, and then we were able to get this one today. When you can grab the midweek game, I think it adds a lot of momentum going into the weekend. UConn is going to be good, but at this point I would assume that our kids are feeling pretty good about themselves too.”

Tulane gets back into conference play this weekend when it travels to UConn for a three-game series. Game times are 6 p.m. CT Friday and 1 p.m. CT Saturday in Hartford, Conn., and 10 a.m. CT Sunday in Storrs, Conn.

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Tulane 8, Texas Southern 2 (Apr 24, 2018 at New Orleans, La.)
Texas Southern…… 000 101 000 – 2 10 1 (19-23)
Tulane………….. 303 101 00X – 8 10 1 (20-22)
Pitchers: Texas Southern – Mason Furlong; Jacob Gilbreath(3); Seth Oliver(5); Chris Suarez(6);
Alexander Carrillo(8) and Blake Hicks. Tulane – MASSEY, Ross; PELLERIN, Connor(6);
McAFFER, Will(8); WHITE, Ben(9) and OWEN, Acy.
Win-MASSEY, Ross(2-2) Loss-Mason Furlong(1-6) T-2:52 A-1666
HR TLN – BEDGOOD, David (2); JENSEN, Trevor (3).
Weather: 78 Sunny, Wind NW @ 8 mph

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