Tulane earns 10-7 win over Jackson State
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Green Wave open conference play on Thursday against Memphis
NEW ORLEANS – Freshman Bennett Lee continued his offensive surge on Tuesday, as he drove in four runs to lead the Tulane University baseball team to a 10-7 victory over Jackson State Tuesday evening at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium (GFATS).
“The cry was for a little bit cleaner, a little bit more efficient (performance),” head coach Travis Jewett said. “But we can’t unglorify victories especially when in the worst way we needed one tonight.”
Lee finished the game by going 3-for-5 at the plate and collected his third home run of the year. The Florida native is now batting a team-best .474 in his last five games. Lee now owns a team-best .381 average on the year.
“No matter how pretty or not pretty it was, all that matters is we slapped the wall and came out with a W,” Lee said. “We have some belief and positivity going into conference play.”
As team, Tulane pounded out 10 hits to pick up its eighth win at home this year. The win also moved Tulane to 11-12 on the season. In addition, Tulane collected 10-or-more hits for the ninth time this season.
Simon Baumgardt and Jacob LaPrairie also had strong nights at the plate for the Green Wave, as both players collected a pair of hits. Leadoff hitter Collin Burns chipped in with three runs.
Right-handed pitcher Jake McDonald picked up his second win on the year and moved to 2-0 in 2021. The graduate transfer started the game, worked a pair of scoreless innings and struck out a pair of batters to get the Green Wave back on the winning track.
McDonald was one of eight pitchers the Green Wave utilized Tuesday night. Following McDonald on the hill were teammates Brian Valigosky, Robert Price, Bryce Mackey, Clifton Slagel, David Bates, Keagan Gillies and Zach DeVito.
Tulane jumped out to an early 5-0 lead, as it scored four runs in the first inning and another in the second frame. Jackson State fought back by plating three runs in the third.
JSU trimmed Tulane’s lead to one on two separate occasions, once in the in the fifth and once in the seventh, but the Green Wave responded by scoring one run in the bottom half of the fifth and four in the eighth to secure the win.
Tulane takes on Memphis on Thursday at 6 p.m. inside GFATS.
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