UNO runs away late from Tulane to clinch Pelican Cup

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UNO wins Pelican Cup 2023

NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Privateers used a strong late kick to pull away to a 16-4 win over the Tulane Green Wave on Wednesday night at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.

With the victory, the Privateers have secured the Pelican Cup for 2023.

The margin of victory was the largest for the Privateers over Tulane since 2007.

Tod Gauthe got the win, his first decision of the season after a sharp inning of work with two strikeouts. The loss went to Cristian Sanchez who is now 0-5 on the year.

A power surge by Tulane put the home side ahead 4-2 after three innings. Brady Marget homered twice and James Agabedis III added two extra base hits in that span. However, New Orleans shut out the Green Wave the rest of the way while the offense went to work.

After a run in the fourth, the Privateers went ahead in the fifth with a three-spot. Back-to-back RBI singles from Anthony Herron Jr. and Mitchell Sanford put the Privateers ahead. Jorge Tejeda followed two batters later with an RBI single of his own.

Tulane loaded the bases in the fifth and got two on in the sixth but couldn’t punch across a run either time. Then New Orleans pulled away with a late blitz.

A five-run seventh was aided by an error. With two outs, a fielding error by Agabedis extended the inning and New Orleans added four more runs to push the lead to 11-4.

The lead was pushed further with four runs in the eighth inning as the Privateers drew 10 walks on the night and collected 16 hits.

Meanwhile, New Orleans pitching accounted for 15 strikeouts on the mound, their highest total this season and the most since they struck out 16 against Youngstown State on Mar. 13, 2022.

Herron, Sanford and Tyler Bischke each had three hits and combined for eight RBI and six runs. Jorge Tejeda reached base four times. Tristan Moore added two hits including one of three homers on the night. Dylan Mach and Andrew Guidry also went yard as they both hit their first home run of the season.

Five pitchers: Gauthe, Zeph Hoffpauir, Caleb Menina, Nolan Daniel and Canaan Clayton recorded multiple strikeouts in their respective innings.

Marget went 2-for-5 with two home runs while Agabedis added two hits.

The Privateers return home to open a series against Northwestern State on Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

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