Five pitchers combined on a two-hitter Wednesday as Tulane posted its second shutout in four games this season, blanking Alabama A&M 7-0 at Turchin Stadium.
Senior right-hander Patrick Duester pitched the first two innings before giving way to freshman left-hander Ross Massey, who picked up his first collegiate win. The rookie from Catholic pitched four perfect innings, striking out four.
Duester, Massey, junior Christian Colletti, junior Eric Steel and senior Trevor Simms combined to allow two hits and two walks. Steel and Simms had two strikeouts each.
The pitchers got some help from the offense. Tulane (3-1) scored twice in the third, twice in the fifth and three times in the sixth.
Stephen Alemais had a huge day, finishing 3-for-4 with a single, double and triple. He walked once, stole a base and scored twice.
Grant Witherspoon went 2-for-3 for Tulane’s only other multi-hit performance on the afternoon.
Tulane got on the board first in the bottom of the third after Alemais tripled to score junior Jarret DeHart, and from there, the Green Wave never looked back.
Alabama A&M starter Kyle Herrick fired a wild pitch to score Alemais for the second run of the inning.
Senior Richard Carthon had an RBI groundout in the fifth, and junior Jeremy Montalbano followed with an RBI infield single.
In the sixth, Witherspoon, a freshman, came home on a sac fly by junior Jake Willsey.
Carthon added another RBI on a fielder’s choice. An error on the same play allowed DeHart to score as well.
Herrick took the loss for Alabama A&M (1-4). He went five innings for the Bulldogs, allowing five hits, four runs and two walks while posting three strikeouts.
Tulane will begin a four-game road swing with a game against Arizona at 3 p.m. Friday in San Diego during the opening round of the Tony Gwynn Classic.
The Green Wave will play San Diego or Nebraska on Saturday. The final round will be on Sunday.