The Tulane baseball team scored a series sweep — and got a record to show for it.
The Green Wave beat Central Florida 6-0 on Sunday in Orlando to complete a three-game sweep of their American Athletic Conference series. Alex Massey and Corey Merrill combined to blank the Knights, giving Tulane a school-record 10th shutout this season.
“This was a great weekend,” Tulane coach David Pierce said in a university news release. “For us to get a sweep on the road in this conference just tells you how well our team is playing together. You can’t do it without starting pitching, and ours was phenomenal all weekend.”
Massey (4-4) allowed three hits and struck out six in seven innings. Merrill handled the final two, walking three and striking out one.
The Wave (26-13, 7-4) erupted for five runs in the third inning, which proved to be more than enough. Grant Witherspoon started the scoring with a single up the middle that scored Stephen Alemais. The floodgates opened from there as Jeremy Montalbano and Hunter Williams had RBI singles, followed by a two-run double from Jarret DeHart.
Tulane capped the scoring in the fourth on another RBI single from Montalbano. Alemais, Jake Rogers and Montalbano each had two hits as Tulane racked up 12 on the day.
“You can’t say enough about Stephen Alemais,” Pierce was quoted as saying. “He’s an All-American for a reason. We just played so well together as a unit, and it was fun to watch.”
Central Florida fell to 20-22 and 5-7. Cre Finfrock (3-4) took the loss; he was charged with five runs and eight hits in 2.2 innings.
The sweep gives Tulane momentum heading into a meaningful matchup at 6 p.m. Tuesday when LSU visits Turchin Stadium. The Wave beat the Tigers 7-1 on March 29 at Alex Box Stadium.