HAMMOND — The Southeastern Louisiana University baseball team exploded for five runs with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning to rally for a 7-4 victory Tuesday over Tulane before a crowd of 1,761 at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field.
The win broke a five-game losing streak for Southeastern against Tulane.
The Lions (11-5) scored six of their seven runs with two outs.
Kaleb Manuel (1-1) picked up the win in relief. Mason Klotz earned his first save of the season by pitching three hitless innings and striking out six.
“I stayed under control” Klotz said. “Tulane is a great team, but I just took it pitch by pitch. When you work ahead and throw strikes, you can use your whole arsenal.”
Tulane (9-9) took a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning.
Jesse Buratt led off the sixth with a single. Sam Roberson followed with another single, and Gabe Woods bunted both runners into scoring position.
Brett Hoffman lined out to shortstop for the second out of the inning, and Ben Hernandez drew a walk to load the bases. Ladd Rhodes reached on an infield single to draw the Lions to 4-3. Harry Slade followed with a two-run single to give the Lions the lead for good at 5-4 and chase Tulane starter Randy LeBlanc.
Aaron Haig’s single and a wild pitch got the Lions’ last two runs home.
LeBlanc (0-2) was tagged for seven runs on nine hits in 5.2 innings. He struck out one and walked three.
“Getting hits is one thing,” Southeastern coach Jay Artigues said. “But getting them with base runners on and with two outs makes all the difference.”
The Green Wave took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Former Parkview Baptist standout Brennan Middleton led off the game with a double. Former Denham Springs standout Kyle Cedotal struck out the next two batters, but Sean Potkay doubled home Middleton with a shot down the left field line off third baseman Buratt’s glove.
Tulane increased its lead to 3-0 in the second inning when No. 9 hitter Bowen Woodson doubled home Garrett Cannizaro and Tim Yandel.
The Lions closed the gap to 3-2 with runs in the bottom of the second and third innings. Jameson Fisher led off the second with a triple and scored on an RBI groundout from Buratt.
Rhodes led off the third with a single and advanced to third on consecutive groundouts. Rhodes attempted to steal home with two outs and was ruled safe when LeBlanc was called for a balk.
Tulane increased its lead to 4-2 in the top of the sixth when Woodson singled home Cannizaro.
Woodson led the Green Wave with two hits and three RBIs. Cannizaro reached base in all four of his at-bats, finishing two hits and two walks while scoring two runs.
Roberson led the Lions with three hits and a run scored. Rhodes had two hits and scored two runs.
The teams face off again Wednesday night at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium at 6:30 p.m.