Tulane sweeps Friday doubleheader from Houston, runs win streak to 12

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(Photo: Parker Waters)

NEW ORLEANS — The Tulane baseball team (23-13, 12-1 AAC) closes out a month of undefeated baseball with an 11-4 win over Houston (15-22, 3-11 AAC) in the team’s second game of a doubleheader on Friday inside Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.

In the opener, the Green Wave took down the Cougars, 3-0, behind junior right-hander Braden Olthoff.

Redshirt sophomore Collin Burns and freshman Chase Engelhard both hit one out of the park in the nightcap, each recording two hits while adding one and four respective RBI’s. Freshman Bennett Lee and redshirt junior Luis Aviles also added two hits each and a combined two RBI’s in the victory.

Redshirt junior Jack Aldrich (4-1) took the hill for the Green Wave and gave up three runs on eight hits while racking up seven strikeouts over five 5.1 innings of work. Redshirt junior Clifton Slagel (1-0) followed and picked up his first win this season, going 1.2 innings while giving up no runs or hits. Redshirt junior David Bates got the save after two scoreless innings.

Houston scored one run in each of the first three innings, taking a 3-0 lead to start.

Engelhard kicked things off for the offense in the bottom of the third with a sac fly to right field, bringing Burns home to put the Green Wave on the board.

Lee got things going in the bottom of the sixth with a single that extended his hitting streak to 18 games. The single set up Engelhard’s team-leading sixth home run of the season to pull the Wave within one at 4-3.

In the bottom of the seventh, Burns got his fifth home run of the season off the batter’s eye to tie the game at 4-4. Freshman Jacob LaPrairie made it to first on a walk, putting the go-ahead run in place. Lee then delivered an RBI double to left field, putting the Wave in the lead, 5-4.

The offense went through the battery in the bottom of the eighth to blow the game open. With redshirt freshman Ethan Groff and Burns on base, LaPrairie’s hustle to beat the throw got the Wave rolling. Engelhard, Aviles and freshman Hayden Hastings combine for three hits to drive in five runs and put Tulane up by seven, 11-4.

Lee led the way for the Green Wave offense in the first game of the day, totaling three hits and one RBI. Redshirt junior Frankie Niemann added two hits and one RBI.

Junior right-hander Braden Olthoff picked up the win for Tulane after recording a season-high 12 strikeouts over eight shutout innings. Graduate student Keagan Gillies earned his second save this season with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Freshman outfielder Jacob LaPrairie got the offense going for Tulane in the first inning, stealing second after singling to shortstop. Lee then kept it rolling with a single to third before a single to left field by Niemann drove in LaPrairie to put the Green Wave up, 1-0.

Lee had his third hit of the game with an RBI single to right field in the bottom of the seventh sending redshirt junior Trevor Minder home to put the Olive and Blue up 2-0. Freshman Chase Engelhard then walked with bases loaded for the Wave’s final run.

Tulane continues its series with Houston on Saturday. The final two games of the American Athletic Conference regular season series will be played in a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m., with the second game starting approximately 45 minutes after the conclusion of the first. The schedule change was made in anticipation of inclement weather in what would have been the fourth and final game of the weekend.

Tickets for Saturday will be valid for both games of the doubleheader, as the contest is sold out. Fans who have tickets for Sunday’s originally scheduled game may contact the Green Wave Ticket Office beginning Monday, May 3 to exchange for tickets for the Green Wave’s final home series against UCF (May 14-16), to receive ticket credit for future Athletics purchases, or to request a refund.

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