In its final fall baseball exhibition against outside competition, Tulane turned on the afterburners against UNO on Saturday as the offense exploded for 20 runs on 22 hits, while the pitching staff held UNO to eight hits over 14 innings in the Green Wave’s 20-3 win at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.
Tulane collected nine extra-base hits, including home runs from Garrett Deschamp and Hunter Hope, while 10 different hitters had an RBI. On the mound, Tulane’s staff walked only three.
“I really feel like we had very good at-bats, and that’s not just judged by the number of hits or runs scored but by being able to lay off some tough pitches during critical times in the game,” Tulane coach David Pierce said. “When we got pitches to hit, we fouled some pitches off, so we had some quality at-bats and that made a difference. Our pitchers did a great job of throwing strikes to make the other team earn it.”
Lex Kaplan led the Green Wave at the plate with a 5-for-9 performance, including two doubles and a triple, four RBIs and four runs. Tim Yandel notched two doubles with four RBIs, while Deschamp added a single, two runs and three RBIs, to go along with his home run.
Hope doubled and homered for the Green Wave, and Hunter Williams added a double while Stephen Alemais, Jake Willsey, and Jake Rogers added two hits apiece. Tyler Wilson, Cameron Burns, Hunter Lapeyre and Jackson Johnson also added to the team’s hit total with singles.
On the mound, the Green Wave rolled out nine pitchers. Corey Merrill got the start for the second straight exhibition game, giving up the contest’s initial run in the first inning on a home run by UNO’s Preston Marsh.
The former Lutcher standout notched three strikeouts before giving way to lefty Jordan Gross, who pitched through the fourth inning.
UNO was led at the plate by Samuel Capielano, Ryan Calloway and Marsh with two hits each. Cohen was credited with the loss after tossing 2 innings and allowing four runs on five hits.
Tulane will wrap up fall practice in its Fall Ball World Series at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. “We have had an opportunity to know the players and for the players to know us in a short amount of time,” said Pierce. “It’s been a great meshing so far. Our intent is to take the positives from this exhibition, learn from the negatives and then carry it into next week when we have a little fun with our World Series. We will finish strong and then move into our true offseason.”