Tulane bats stay hot in win over Texas Southern – Crescent City Sports
NEW ORLEANS – The Tulane University baseball team (8-1) defeated Texas Southern University (6-4) by a score of 10-2 Wednesday night inside Greer Field at Turchin Stadium .
The Green Wave scored 10 runs on nine hits. Nine Tulane pitchers took the mound and held TSU to two hits in the Wave’s fourth straight victory.
“Overall, we continued to play good defense, throwing hits and providing opportunistic hits,” head coach Travis Jewett said. “I like the depth of this team. We made some changes, got some guys off their feet, and had a lot of firsts tonight.
Tulane has now scored 46 points in its last three games.
Freshman Grant Siegel got his first start of the year for the green wave and went two hitless innings, striking out three. The right-hander had already made three relief appearances for Tulane.
Late in the second inning, college junior transfer Seth Beckstead threw a massive two-run homer 380 feet off the left wall to give the wave a 2-0 lead.
Tulane opened a 5-0 lead down the bottom of the third when Chase Engelhard smashed a two-out double and clearing goals off the top of the left wall.
“I knew I had hit well,” Engelhard said. “I took it a little deep, but I knew he had a chance. I didn’t even know he hit the top of the wall, I was just running hard.
Redshirt junior Lane Thomas pitched the third and fourth innings scoreless. Thomas also picked the nation’s top base stealer, John Thomas, on third base in the top of the fourth.
TSU made two runs in the top of the fifth and had a runner in the third with two out when Jared Hart made a slippery grab into a shallow cross to kill the rally.
Engelhard was huge again late in the seventh, ripping a two-run brace down the right field line to extend the lead to 7-2. Freshman Teo Banks followed Engelhard with his own two-RBI double, the first of the outfielder’s career.
Freshman Gavin Schulz got a hit at bat late in the eighth and slapped a left double for his first career hit. Jackson Linn followed Schulz with an RBI single, pushing the lead to 10-2, the final score of the night.
“The game ahead of us is the most important,” Jewett said. “Now that this one is over, we’ve found a way to win and we’re looking forward to playing a really good team from Missippi State this weekend.”
Tulane hosts Mississippi State this weekend for a three-game series. The first match is at 6:30 a.m., the second at 2:00 a.m. and the third at 1:30 a.m.
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