Offense pushes Tulane to 9-3 win over McNeese

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NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Tulane baseball team scored nine runs on 11 hits, getting a base knock from nearly every player, to race to a 9-3 victory over the McNeese State Cowboys Tuesday night at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.

After falling behind by two runs after the first half inning of play, the Green Wave (11-6) used three McNeese (10-7) errors in the bottom half of the inning to take a lead they would never relinquish. From there, Tulane plated runs in five separate innings on the night to keep the visitors at bay.

“Sometimes you’ve got to take advantage of some opportunities that other people give you. It just doesn’t have to be one-sided all the time,” head coach Travis Jewett said. “I think it gave the kids a chance to breathe a little bit, and we were able to navigate through that and then be able to put some quality at-bats together after.”

Sophomore catcher Frankie Nieman was the only player to earn multiple hits for the Green Wave in the contest, earning a new career-high in hits in going 4-for-4 with a double and three RBI. Five of Tulane’s 11 hits were for extra bases as Luke Glancy hit his third home run of the year, Kobi Owen produced his first triple and Kody Hoese and Sal Gozzo each having a double in the contest.

In his first collegiate start, Krishna Raj went 3.1 innings and allowed two runs on four hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Trent Johnson (2-0) came on in relief and earned the victory as he allowed just one run on two hits with a walk in three innings of work. C.J. Whelan and Connor Pellerin finished the final 2.2 innings of the game allowing just one hit combined with three strikeouts.

McNeese starter Daniel Hecker (0-1) wound up with the loss as only two of the five runs he gave up in the first three innings of the game were earned after Cowboy errors, of which there were four on the night from the visitors. Payton Harden led the Cowboys at the plate going 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored, while Clayton Rasbeary drove in two on just one hit.

After McNeese was able to pull off two runs on a hit to open the game, Tulane took to the plate in the bottom of the first and got a runner on after an error at short. A walk put two runners on for Green Wave, but consecutive outs followed. The inning should have ended on a grounder to short, but a fielding and throwing error at first base allowed a run to score cutting the deficit to one.

With two runners left on, Niemann singled to left center and drove in both to put Tulane on top 3-2.

In the third with two outs and a runner on base, Owen ripped a triple to right to plate a run and push the Green Wave lead to 4-2. He would have a much easier run to home plate as Niemann came through again with a double to push the lead to 5-2.

In the bottom of the sixth, Niemann earned his third hit of the day on a single to left, as Glancy did the rest as he powered one down the right field line on a 3-2 count for the two-run shot to put the Green Wave up 7-2.

After McNeese plated a run in the top of the inning, Tulane opened the seventh with a double from Hoese and prompting another McNeese pitching change. McNeese’s fourth error put runners at the corners, as after a shallow out to right Hudson Haskin singled to left to make it 8-3 Tulane.

In the eighth, Gozzo doubled to left center to open the final offensive inning for the Green Wave. After the next two batters hit into outs, Grant Mathews singled to left center for the final run of the game to make the score 9-3.

Tulane will be back in action this weekend, hosting the UC Riverside Highlanders for a three-game series at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.

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