NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Tulane needed late game heroics Friday night to gain victory, Saturday it was strong pitching that helped the Green Wave pick up a 3-0 win over Illinois.
Tulane (2-0) got to Illinois' (0-2) starting pitcher Doug Hayes early on in the day, as juniors Stephen Alemais and Jake Rogers singled to open the bottom of the first. After being moved over on a sacrifice bunt from junior Hunter Williams, Lex Kaplan singled to left to score both baserunners.
The runs ended up being all Massey (1-0) needed, as the redshirt-senior combined with redshirt-junior Christian Colletti to hurl Tulane's first shut out of the season. Massey fanned a career-high eight across seven frames, while Colletti picked up his first save during his Tulane debut, striking out two in two innings.
"I think (Massey) did a really great job of pitching when he got into trouble, just giving us a chance to win," said Tulane Head Baseball Coach David Pierce. "He was really good."
To add to Tulane's lead, junior Jake Willsey hit his first-career home run in the bottom of the fourth, putting Tulane up 3-0 shortly after it seemed Hayes (0-1) got into a rhythm.
The final game of this series is tomorrow at 1 pm. Jesuit grad Emerson Gibbs will be on the mound for the Wave.