NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Tulane baseball scored early and often after falling behind 1-0 in the top of the first before defeating Nicholls, 7-1, on Tuesday night.
After Tulane (21-12) junior Ian Gibaut, who made his first-career start on the mound, allowed Nicholls (18-13-1) to put up a run in the top of the first, the Green Wave scored in five of the next six innings to put the game away. Tulane belted out 12 hits, with two each coming off the bats of senior John Gandolfo, junior Richard Carthon and sophomores Stephen Alemais, Lex Kaplan and Hunter Williams.
The Green Wave scored two in the bottom of the first while adding an unearned run in the second. After being held scoreless in the third, Tulane posted two runs in the fourth before adding a run in each of the fifth and sixth frames.
Williams paced the club with three RBI on the night, while he and Gandolfo added doubles to their resumes. Kaplan posted a triple on the evening. In addition to Williams' career-high tying RBI total, Alemais, Kaplan, Gandolfo and sophomore Jake Willsey knocked in runs on the night. Willsey and senior Tyler Wilson posted singles for the Green Wave.
Gibaut (5-3) pitched a predetermined 3.0 innings while striking out two and allowing three hits. The next four pitchers in Tim Yandel, Dan Rankin, Jordan Gross and Patrick Duester combined for 6.0 innings of one-hit ball. Duester fanned three in 2.0 innings of work to wrap up the contest. The pitching staff only allowed two walks to Nicholls, the 13th game this season in which Tulane has allowed two walks or less in a contest.
Nicholls' Cole Stapler was the first of six pitchers that the Colonels rolled out on the evening. Stapler (2-1) was credited with his first loss on the season after allowing three runs on six hits in 3.0 frames.
Tulane collected 14 hits in an 8-6 win at East Carolina this past Saturday. The back-to-back double-digit hit contests for the Green Wave marks the third time on the year Tulane has accomplished the feat, joining the first two games of the season at Pepperdine on Feb. 13-14, and games against Xavier and Southeastern Louisiana on March 15 and March 17, respectively.