MALIBU, Calif. — Despite a masterful pitching performance from junior Tim Yandel, the Tulane baseball team fell short of a series-opening sweep Sunday when Pepperdine pinch hitter Jordan Qsar hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth, sending the Green Wave home woth a 2-1 loss.
Tulane scored its only run in the fourth inning when Lex Kaplan singled to bring home Garrett Deschamp. The Green Wave (2-1), which won its first two games under new coach David Pierce, held that 1-0 lead until the ninth.
Yandel threw 6.1 no-hit innings in his first career start. He struck out five and walked two.
Pepperdine (1-2) loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh on an error, a fielder’s choice and a walk. Ian Gibaut came on in relief and struck out two to end the threat. Gibaut allowed Pepperdine’s first hit in the eighth.
Gibaut (0-1) retired one in the ninth before walking a batter and giving up Qsar’s game-winning homer.
“Pepperdine is a good ballclub and they are going to win a lot of games,” Pierce said. “It’s frustrating not finishing it off when we were in position to do it — but at the same time, I’m really proud of our kids. We came out here and won the series and we’ll move on.”
Tulane outhit Pepperdine once again, posting six hits to Pepperdine’s two. But for the second straight day, the Green Wave had three errors.
Yandel made his first start Sunday after tossing 18 innings in relief last season. The Woodstock, Georgia, native started at designated hitter for Tulane on Friday and Saturday.
“Timmy is a good two-way kid,” added Pierce. “He went into the seventh and didn’t give up a hit, but we didn’t help him defensively and that increased his pitch count.”
At the plate, Kaplan led the team with two hits.
Pepperdine’s Ryan Wilson went 6.0 innings, striking out six, and Max Gamboa (1-0) was credited with the victory after and allowing two hits in three innings.
Tulane has not swept an opponent on the road since 2008 when it took three games at East Carolina.
Tulane plays at Southeastern Louisiana at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The Wave’s home opener is Friday against San Francisco.