The Tulane baseball team bounced back from an earlier loss Saturday by exploding for 20 runs on 20 hits in a 20-5 win in seven innings to earn a doubleheader split of the day’s action against the Memphis Tigers at FedEx Park.
The Green Wave (26-13, 8-3 The American) scored in six consecutive innings from the second on, including sending 12 batters to the plate in a nine-run fifth to put the game out of reach and cruise to the run-rule victory.
Tulane was led by outfielder Grant Mathews who finished the day going 3-for-5 with a pair of three-run home runs to drive in six and score four times in the contest. The junior is the second Tulane player in a week to drive in six runs in a game, as the team finished the day hitting four home runs.
Mathews was one of eight Green Wave players to earn multiple hits in the victory, as Trevor Jensen, Kody Hoese, Hudson Haskin and Mathews had three each. Haskin finished the day with six total hits after earning three in the opener.
Keagan Gillies started the game strong, only running into trouble in the fourth as Memphis cut the Tulane lead to just two runs, running through 3.2 innings with a pair of walks and strikeouts. Chase Solesky (5-2) earned the win by pitching the next 2.2 innings as the Tulane offense would start producing runs in droves to aid in the effort as the sophomore allowed three runs on four hits with four strikeouts and two walks.
All five Memphis (18-18, 5-6) pitchers gave up runs to Tulane, with four of the five allowing multiple runs. Starter Chris Durham (2-2) was tagged with the loss as he gave up the first four runs to the Green Wave on seven hits with two walks and a strikeout.
A double to right center for Frankie Niemann opened the Tulane second, moving to third after a grounder to second. An error in left allowed Niemann to score to put Tulane up 1-0 early. A single by Jonathon Artigues put two Green Wave runners on, as Logan Stevens doubled to right to plate Grant Mathews to make it a 2-0 lead for Tulane.
Haskin doubled down the line in left to open the third, tagging up and moving to third after a fly ball to center. David Bedgood flied out to center for the sacrifice to score Haskin and extend the Tulane lead to 3-0.
A pair of hits from Artigues and Stevens opened the Green Wave fourth, with a force out at second putting runners at the corners. Jensen singled through the right side to plate Artigues and give Tulane a 4-0 lead.
Memphis finally strung together some offense in the bottom half of the inning, as back-to-back singles with two outs brought in a pair of Tiger runs as Solesky came on in relief. After a walk loaded the bases, Solesky got the final batter to ground out to the mound to end the inning and the threat with Tulane leading 4-2.
Those two runs mattered little after that as Tulane batted around in the fifth and got all nine of its runs on seven hits in a lengthy inning for the Green Wave. Tulane would get RBI hits on singles from Sal Gozzo and Jensen, three runs on a double from Hoese, a Niemann single and capped by a three-run shot from Mathews to make it a 13-2 game.
Memphis plated a run on two hits to put the Tulane lead back to 10, as in the sixth Gozzo hit a home run to right center to put the Tulane lead at 14-3 in the sixth. Jensen got hit to reach first, as Hoese doubled to get two back into scoring position. A wild pitch allowed Jensen to score, as after a walk to Niemann loaded the bases Bedgood would fly out to left to make it 16-3.
Mathews connected for his second long ball of the game to bring in three more to push the Tulane lead to 19-3. Jensen ended the Tulane scoring with a solo home run to center in the seventh, as Memphis would get two runs in the bottom of the inning to cap the scoring for both sides as Tulane clinched the victory.
Game One: Memphis 11, Tulane 8
A late rally by the Tulane baseball team fell just short in the opening game of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Memphis Tigers, as the Green Wave dropped the opener 11-8 at FedEx Park.
After Memphis (18-17, 5-5 The American) put up seven runs in the second inning, Tulane (25-13, 7-3) slowly began to chip away at the lead through the latter stages of the contest. However, every time the Green Wave got close, the Tigers would plate more runs to extend their lead to put more distance between them and the Green Wave.
Tulane out-hit Memphis 11-10 in the game, with four players combining for nine of the 11. Hudson Haskin had three, while Kody Hoese hit his 20th home run of the year and Jonathon Artigues notched his first. Trevor Jensen also had two hits, as all four players drove in a pair of runs each in the game.
Only three of the seven runs that crossed the plate in the second were tagged to Kaleb Roper (5-3) as an error in the inning kept the Memphis bats going in the frame. The senior made it through 1.2 innings before leaving the game allowing four hits with three walks and three strikeouts in the loss.
Memphis’ Hunter Smith allowed all eight runs and 10 of the 11 hits to Tulane in his 5.2 innings of work, but his relief in Landon Kelly and Colton Neel combined to only give up a hit with a pair of strikeouts to preserve the win for Memphis in the end.
After being shut out through the first three innings, Tulane took to the fourth and with an out Grant Mathews drew a walk to take first and Artigues handled the rest with his shot to left to make it 7-2 Memphis.
With an out in the fifth after Memphis got two runs back, Jensen singled up the middle and was followed by a pop-up single for Hoese to left to put two on for Tulane. Haskin brought both in on a smoked triple to right center to make it 9-4 Memphis.
After two more runs for the Tigers, Mathews and Artigues opened the sixth with consecutive singles up the middle. A grounder to first allowed the two to move up a base, and after a strikeout Jensen brought both in with a single to left to make it 11-6. Hoese went opposite field for his home run, clearing the fence in right to cut the lead to three at 11-8.
Tulane got another hit from Haskin to keep the inning alive, but a fly out ended the inning and the squad would be unable to get anything across in the seventh, ending the game.
The Green Wave will be back in action on Tuesday, hosting the Southeastern Louisiana Lions at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium at 6:30 p.m.
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