Roper earns first win as Tulane takes rain-shortened opener over Dartmouth in Cary

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CARY, N.C. – A two-run home run from junior Kody Hoese in the bottom of the fourth inning helped kickstart the offense as the Tulane Green Wave earned a rain-shortened 5-1 win Friday afternoon over the Dartmouth Big Green at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.

The Green Wave (8-2) were into the bottom of the fifth inning before the rain picked up and forced the two teams into their respective dugouts with the tarp on the field. After a 34-minute delay the game was called due to continuous rain in the forecast for the rest of the day and into Friday night.

Starting pitcher Kaleb Roper (1-1) earned his first victory of the season in dominant fashion, striking out six and allowing just one run on two hits in the contest. Roper tossed just 64 pitches in the win, with 43 being for strikes.

The top of the lineup proved to be the group to help lead the Green Wave to the victory, with five hits coming from the top of the lineup in Trevor Jensen, Kody Hoese and Grant Mathews. Hoese had the big shot to put Tulane on top, belting his fifth home run of the year to take the team lead with two RBI and a run scored. Jensen extended his hitting streak to nine games, while Mathews earned his fifth multi-hit game of the season.

After Dartmouth took the lead in the top of the inning and scored the first run for either side in the contest, Tulane opened the bottom half of the frame with a leadoff single from Jensen for the team’s first hit of the game. Hoese followed and did one better as he left the yard with a shot to left to make it 2-1 Green Wave.

In the next frame, Jonathon Artigues opened with a single to right and Acy Owen was hit by a pitch to put two on. Artigues took off for third and got the stolen base, as a throwing error allowed him to score making it 3-1 with Owen now at second.

After a strikeout, Jensen singled through the right side for the RBI to make it 4-1, as after a groundout Mathews singled through the right side and scored Jensen to make it 5-1 before the rain stopped the game.

Tulane will be back in action on Saturday, taking on the Saint Joseph’s Hawks in Cary. First pitch for the game is scheduled for 11 a.m. CT with the game on Sports 1280 AM in New Orleans.

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