MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Tulane baseball dropped the first game of its series at Memphis 7-3 at FedExPark on Thursday night in the opening game of the final regular-season series.
Tulane (31-11, 11-11 American Athletic Conference) took a 2-1 lead in the top of the second on RBI singles from sophomores Hunter Hope and Jake Willsey, but Memphis (35-17, 12-10) battled back by tying the score on an RBI triple in the bottom of the fourth. The Tigers notched three runs in fifth on three extra-base hits to put the game away.
The Green Wave notched nine hits but spread them out over the course of the entire game. Tulane only posted multiple hits in the same inning in the second and the seventh, which were the two frames the Green Wave scored runs.
Memphis took an early lead in the game on an RBI single by Carter White in the bottom of the first. Tulane did not let that lead last long as sophomore Hunter Williams and senior Tyler Wilson singled. Hope and Willsey then notched back-to-back singles to score the first two Tulane hitters to give the Green Wave the lead.
Tulane scored again in the seventh when junior Richard Carthon notched a two-out single before coming home on an RBI double by sophomore Stephen Alemais.
Tulane’s Corey Merrill got the start but allowed five runs on eight hits across five innings for five Memphis runs. His counterpart on the night was Memphis’ Alex Gunn, who hurled a complete game for the win. Gunn (6-1) struck out five while walking none.
Merrill (4-5) was relieved by Patrick Duester, who went three innings, allowing two runs on two hits and two walks. The Titusville, Florida, native struck out four.
Willsey tied his career high in hits with a 3-for-4 performance to pace the Green Wave. Williams was the only other Tulane hitter with a multi-hit contest, going 2-for-4.
The teams will return to FedExPark at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Tulane will send Alex Massey (5-3, 3.47 ERA) to the mound opposite Memphis’ Dylan Toscano (8-2, 3.01 ERA).