Tulane shines in final midweek test, dropping South Alabama 11-1 in seven innings

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NEW ORLEANS, La. – Behind a powerful offensive performance and a dominant pitching grouping Tuesday night at Greer Field inside Turchin Stadium, the Tulane baseball team opened the final week of the regular season with an 11-1 victory over the South Alabama Jaguars.

Tulane (30-22) exploded for seven runs in two of the first three innings of the game, scoring again in the final three to push out ahead and stay there for the rest of the night in snapping South Alabama’s eight-game winning streak in the process.

On the mound, Tulane got a strong start from starter Justin Campbell who set the tone early with five strikeouts in 3.1 innings, as Ryan Green (1-1) earned his first win of the season in striking out four and walking one. Combined, Campbell, Robert Price, Krishna Raj and Green held the Jaguars to a pair of hits with four combined walks.

“We talked on the bus ride back from Houston about who could give us the best start today, and he was the guy,” head coach Travis Jewett said. “He made us look good today and he just did a great job for us.”

The team was led offensively by a pair of sophomores in catcher Frankie Niemann, who finished a triple short of the cycle with four RBI and three runs scored, while Kobi Owen produced his second multi-home run game of the season with three RBI and two runs scored.

All nine Tulane offensive players had at least one hit in the game, with Jonathon Artigues also having two hits and Luke Glancy providing the fourth home run for the team in the game.

South Alabama starter Caleb Yarborough (3-6) lasted two innings and gave up three runs on four hits with a walk and strikeout in the loss. Wells Davis and Santi Montiel had both of the Jaguar hits.

After a walk to Grant Mathews to open the Tulane third, the designated hitter got a good break from first as Niemann smoked a double to open the scoring to put the Green Wave up 1-0. After an out, Owen went to the opposite field for his home run, as the ball danced down the right field line to put two more across to make it 3-0.

Hudson Haskin opened the fourth with a double down the left field line, moving to third after a bunt single from Artigues. Mathews hit a sharp single to right center to plate Haskin to extend the lead to four, while Niemann pushed it to seven with his rocket over the fence in left center to make it 7-0 Tulane.

After South Alabama (29-23) scratched across a run in the top of the fifth, Tulane pulled it right back with one swing of the bat from Owen as he crushed his second long ball of the game to make it 8-1 Green Wave.

With an out in the sixth, Niemann collected his third hit of the night with a single to right as Glancy joined in on the home run parade with a two-run shot of his own to give Tulane a 10-1 advantage over the Jaguars.

In the seventh, Kody Hoese was hit by a pitch to take first with a walk to Haskin putting two on. Artigues produced his second bunt single of the day to load the bases, as Mathews battled through a 10-pitch at-bat to draw a walk to plate the team’s 11th run of the game and end the contest.

Tulane closes out the 2019 regular season with a three-game series against the UConn Huskies beginning Thursday at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.

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