Tulane survived a pitchers’ duel as it used an eighth-inning run to slip by Memphis 1-0 at Turchin Stadium.
The run was all Tulane’s Emerson Gibbs needed after allowing three hits and a walk in eight innings. He also struck out nine as Tulane (34-14, 12-5) held on to first place in the American Athletic Conference.
In the bottom of the eighth, Stephen Alemais reached first base on a wild pitch after swinging at strike three. He later scored on Lance Kaplan’s single to right.
Memphis starter Colton Hathcock was relieved after Alemais reached base, but took the loss.
Corey Merrill walked two batters in the ninth, but retired Memphis unscathed to record the save.
NORTHWESTERN STATE 13, NICHOLLS STATE 4: In Thibodaux, the Demons scored nine runs in the first three innings and went on to crush the Colonels.
Northwestern State starter Adam Oller gave up two hits and one run in seven innings while the Demons collected 14 hits.
Nicholls (22-28, 11-14) fell behind early.
Nick Heath and Cade Jones each had RBI doubles in a four-run first inning for Northwestern State (28-21, 15-10). The Demons followed that with four more runs in the second. Daniel Garner’s base-clearing double highlighted the inning.
Nicholls starter Justin Sinibaldi lasted only one out into the second inning. He hit one batter, walked another and gave up eight runs on seven hits.
The lead grew to 9-0 in the third inning when Cort Brinson singled home Matt Valdez. In the eighth, Brinson had a two-run double as NSU struck for four more runs to take a 13-1 lead.
CENTRAL ARKANSAS 5, MCNEESE STATE 4: In Lake Charles, Hunter Strong led off the top of the 11th inning with a home run to left field as the Bears edged the Cowboys in Southland Conference action.
The teams traded runs in the late innings of regulation play.
UCA (24-23, 13-12) tied it 2-2 in the top of the seventh. Brooks Ballisterri’s infield single allowed Ty Tice to score from third. McNeese (24-22, 13-15) answered in the bottom of the frame.
Lewis Guilbeau reached base on a fielder’s choice and then took second and third on wild pitches. He scored on Connor Crane’s sacrifice fly.
Not to be outdone, the Bears used two hits and an error to take a 4-3 lead in the top of the eighth.
Justin McCarty’s two-run double was the big blow.
McNeese’s Shane Selman homered in the bottom of the eighth to tie the score again.
SOUTH ALABAMA 3, UL-LAFAYETTE 2: In Mobile, Alabama, Travis Swaggerty singled home pinch runner Dylan Hardy in the bottom of the ninth inning lifting the Jaguars to victory.
UL-Lafayette (31-19, 16-9 Sun Belt) opened with Stefan Trosclair’s RBI single in the first inning. USA (37-14, 20-5) answered with two runs in the bottom of the frame.
Joe Robbins singled in Trosclair in the sixth, but Brenn Conrad was thrown out trying to score from second on the play.
In the USA ninth, Ben Gann drew a two-out walk. Hardy came in to run, and moved to third on Nick Thurman’s errant throw as he stole second. Swaggerty followed with the game-winning hit.