CINCINNATI — Eight early runs for Tulane’s baseball team allowed the Green Wave to hold off a rally by Cincinnati for a 9-5 win Sunday at Marge Schott Stadium, giving Tulane their first road series sweep since 2008 while also giving the program its 1,900th victory.
Tulane (27-16, 8-7 American Athletic Conference) jumped out to an 8-0 lead after the top of the fourth inning against Cincinnati (13-30, 4-11). However, the Bearcats posted five runs in the bottom of the sixth before an out was recorded. Tulane reliever Ian Gibaut entered the game with the bases loaded and no outs and retired three in a row to quell Cincinnati’s rally.
The sweep was the third on the season for Tulane but the first road sweep since the wave took three-in-a-row from East Carolina on May 9-10, 2008.
“Anytime you get a sweep on the road is a great weekend,” Tulane coach David Pierce said. “We battled some adversity and some weather conditions throughout the weekend, but we fought hard all weekend as a team.”
Tulane had 10 hits, led by Stephen Alemais’ 3-for-6 performance with two RBIs and a run. Hunter Hope was 2-for-3 with three runs, three RBIs and two walks. Fellow sophomore Jake Willsey was also 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run.
Gibaut pitched 4.0 innings for his fifth save. He had four strikeouts. Tulane’s Alex Massey got the start and pitched 5.0 innings while striking out five and allowing seven hits. Massey (5-2) earned his fifth win of the year.
Next up, the Green Wave will return home for an eight-game homestand, beginning with Southeastern Louisiana at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.