Tulane edged by Memphis in AAC opener, 4-3

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Green Wave and Tigers return to action tomorrow for a doubleheader, beginning at 2 p.m.

NEW ORLEANS – Redshirt sophomore Collin Burns collected a pair of hits, stole three bases and scored a run, but it was not enough, as the Tulane University baseball team dropped a 4-3 decision to the University of Memphis Thursday night inside Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.

Tulane’s one-run loss to Memphis marked the eighth loss this season the Green Wave have suffered by two runs or less and the third setback by one run. With the loss, Tulane dropped to 11-13 on the year.

“One of these losses like this are too many – we are snake bitten a little bit that way,” head coach Travis Jewett said. “We are taking these moments where we have a chance to gather some outs during the course of the game and we are just are not capitalizing on them. My anticipation is that on a college baseball field with college baseball players strikes should be a premium, bunts should be outs, pop ups should be outs and right now those just aren’t going our way. We have to make our own luck. All the little things matter over the course of a game.”

Redshirt sophomore Tyler Hoffman started the game for the Green Wave worked 6.0 innings and tied a season-high with eight strikeouts but did not figure into the decision. Over his six innings of work, Hoffman allowed just one walk in the 25 batters he faced.

“I felt really good out there,” Hoffman said. “Everything was working for me. At the end there, I just had to compete. I think I showed what I could do, and I think it is going to help us out in the long run.”

Tulane also got a strong performance from reliever Keagan Gillies. The Green Wave right-hander came into the game in the sixth inning and tossed three innings of scoreless ball while working out of a pair of bases loaded jams.

Tulane freshmen Jacob LaPrairie, Chase Engelhard and Bennett Lee also chipped in offensively, as they combined for four hits and a pair of RBI.

Tulane took the early lead, as it scored one run in the second and third innings. Ethan Groff singled through the left side and drove Frank Niemann in the second inning. In the third inning, Lee drove in Burns from third base to make the score 2-0.

Memphis responded in the top half of the fourth inning, as it scored three runs to take the lead. The Tigers capitalized on one Tulane error and collected three hits in the frame. The Green Wave fought back to tie the game in the fifth thanks to LaPrairie’s RBI single which drove in Engelhard.

Memphis took the lead for good in the seventh as it scored one run. The Tiger bullpen then tightened up down the stretch, holding the Green Wave to just one hit over the final three innings to secure the win. Memphis starter Blake Wimberley picked up the win for the Tigers to move to 2-3 on the year.

Tulane continues its series with Memphis on Friday with a pair of games against the Tigers. The first game of the doubleheader begins at 2 p.m. inside GFATS.

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