After a shaky start that featured errors and unearned runs, Tulane settled in and pulled away from Furman on Friday night.
The key for Tulane was a five-run seventh inning as the Green Wave rolled to an 11-6 win at Turchin Stadium.
Rainy weather threatened to postpone the first game of the three-game weekend series, but the skies cleared and Tulane’s bats came to life.
Jake Rogers had the big blow, a three-run homer in the seventh inning. Grant Witherspoon then hit a two-run double to give the Wave a 10-3 lead.
Tulane pitcher Corey Merrill found his groove after the first inning, keeping Furman off balance for the next six frames. Merrill left after seven innings having allowed eight hits and only the three first-inning runs.
Furman struck for three runs in the top of the first on two hits and an error by Tulane (9-5).
Cameron Whitehead singled in Jabari Richards and later scored on Jordan Simpson’s grounder. Jake Crawford’s sacrifice fly gave the Paladins a 3-0 lead, but it didn’t last long.
Tulane came right back to tie the score, scoring three times with two outs in the bottom of the inning.
Lex Kaplan drove in Cade Edwards with a double, and Hunter Hope followed with his fourth home run of the season, a two-run blast to center.
The Wave extended its lead to 5-3 with two outs in the sixth. Witherspoon singled in Jeremy Montalbano, who was hit by a pitch to start the inning.