GREENVILLE, N.C. — Tulane’s offense came alive Saturday with 14 hits, and junior Alex Massey pitched effectively in his first start since early March in an 8-6 victory at East Carolina at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
Tulane (20-12, 2-4 American Athletic Conference) entered the game looking to avoid a sweep at the hands of ECU (19-13, 3-3).
The Green Wave offense did its part, and did so early.
Richard Carthon posted an RBI single in the top of the second, and sophomores Jake Rogers and Jake Willsey followed with RBI singles in the third. Garrett Deschamp also scored on a wild pitch to give Tulane a 4-1 lead.
While Tulane never relinquished the lead, things got close throughout the middle and late innings, as ECU scored in the fifth, six, seventh and ninth.
But Tulane held strong. Carthon got another RBI single in the top of the seventh, and sophomores Hunter Williams and Hunter Hope followed with RBIs in the top of the eighth.
“Today was by far the most grit we have shown of the season,” Tulane coach David Pierce said. “We had to have every bit of energy from every single guy involved in the game. We had so many guys contribute and make great plays, like Richard Carthon. Massey pitched well, too. It was just an overall great team effort.”
Massey (2-2) struck out four in six innings while allowing four runs (three earned). Tim Yandel took over in relief and lasted 2.1 innings, though he allowed an RBI double in the ninth and loaded the bases.
Patrick Duester came on with one out in the ninth and induced a 6-4-3 double-play ball to end the game. Duester picked up his second save on the year.
Tulane played fine defense as well. Carthon, for example, threw out a runner at the plate in the seventh, while Deschamp and senior Tyler Wilson scooped multiple throws out of the dirt at first base.
Rogers and senior John Gandolfo both collected three hits. Carthon and Alemais added two-hit contests. Williams and Carthon led the team with two RBIs each.
ECU’s David Lucroy lasted just 2.2 innings with two strikeouts. Lucroy (2-2) allowed four runs on six hits.
The Green Wave will host Nicholls State at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, followed by a weekend series at Houston that begins Friday.