No. 20 Tulane earns two-game sweep of Lamar with 6-3 win
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NEW ORLEANS, La. – After falling behind early, the No. 20 Tulane baseball team rallied to score six unanswered runs while Green Wave pitchers shut down the Lamar University Cardinals, winning a ninth consecutive game by a score of 6-3 on Wednesday night at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.
Tulane (15-2) got seven shutout innings after Lamar (7-10), scored three runs over the first two innings, while offensively racking up six runs on nine hits to complete the midweek sweep. Coach Travis Jewett heaped the praise on his players after a historic start to the season.
“The kids are getting what they deserve,” Jewett said. “The thing I like about it is, last night was 14-12 and today was 6-3. We’ve beaten people 1-0. You feel like every day the kids come to the yard, they are going to find a way.”
Grant Mathews had two hits including a game-tying home run in the third inning. Trevor Minder added two hits and Hudson Haskin had a two-run triple for the home team.
“Yeah it was a good team win today. You know we were just doing different things to win today—whatever the situation dictated,” Haskin said. “With that swing, just kind of a soft throwing lefty, with runners on second and third, I was just trying to see something up in the zone and drive it to right-center.”
Luke Jannetta started on the hill, fanning three while allowing three runs over 2.2 innings of work. Trent Johnson (1-0) relieved him, hurling 3.1 crucial innings before Connor Pellerin took over to strike out the side in the seventh. David Bates (1) made his Tulane debut with a scoreless eighth and ninth, striking out two for the save.
“That’s the epitome of the pitching staff right there. Every day I’m humbled that I get to be around them, and I think that’s the thing that makes this team great,” Johnson said. “We have the ability to pick each other up when we need to. We have the ability to bounce back. Everybody does their job when they’re called on.
Anthony Quirion had a home run and two runs batted in while Cole Girouard had two hits and a run batted in.
In the top of the first inning, Quirion continued his hot streak with a two-run home run to center field to put the visitors in front. In the next inning, Cole Girouard singled to drive in Jose Cintron for a 3-0 lead.
For the second time in as many days, the Green Wave fought back from an early deficit. Jonathon Artigues singled with two outs in the second inning, moving to third on an error. Collin Burns singled to plate Artigues to cash in a two-out run. In the bottom half of the third, Minder doubled before Mathews hit a scorching line-drive off the right field foul pole to tie the game at three.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Tulane took hold of the game. Luke Glancy was hit by a pitch before Ty Johnson doubled to put two runners in scoring position with one out. Haskin sent a missile that turned the center fielder around, racing to third base with a two-run triple. Minder dribbled a swinging bunt along the third base line that saw Haskin hustle for the plate, rushing the pitcher into a decision and ultimately a wild throw to first for an error.
After the fourth inning, there were only two hits in the game from either side. Tulane pitchers held the lead without even allowing a runner to reach third base.
Tulane scored six runs off Lamar starter Josh Hranicky and Max Mize in just 4.1 innings before Lamar’s bullpen held the Green Wave late.
Bates remained in for the ninth inning, retiring the side and stranding the 9th and 10th Lamar hitters of the night on base. For Trent Johnson, the win was his first since March 12 of last year.
Mathews’ home run was his team-leading fourth of the season, padding his club-best total of 22 runs batted in.
Tulane’s nine-game winning streak is the program’s longest since 2010, and the 15-2 matches the best start to a season since 1972.
Tulane closes its home stand with a three-game series against No. 12 Long Beach State this weekend, beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.
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