Furman was determined to stay ahead of Tulane on Saturday at Turchin Stadium.
However, the Green Wave got big hits each time on its way to a 10-6 victory that clinched the three-game series.
Game 3 is Sunday at 1 p.m.
“It was a dogfight,” said Tulane catcher Jake Rogers, who went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs, including a home run leading off the bottom of the fifth inning that seemed to energize the Wave. “They kept hitting us, and we kept hitting them back.”
Third baseman Hunter Hope lined a two-out single to left that scored Jeremy Montalbano from third with two outs, giving Tulane (10-5) the lead for good, at 7-6.
“I thought Hunter Hope did a great job after his first two at-bats of making good adjustments,” Tulane coach David Pierce said. “He chased (pitches) early in those first two at-bats, then he says ‘I’ve got to see the ball a little better,’ and he finished with a pretty good day.”
After Hope’s big hit, the Wave, which had fought back all game with its bats, then sealed the victory by scoring three runs without a hit — getting an intentional walk to load the bases, a walk, a hit batsman and another walk against reliever Steven Foncu.
Furman (7-7) had taken a 3-1 lead in the second on catcher Cameron Whitehead’s two-run bloop single to left field, scoring second baseman Sims Griffith and designated hitter Jabari Richards.
With the Wave trailing 4-2 in the fifth, Rogers homered, and Grant Witherspoon hit a hard, one-out grounder to first that scored Montalbano from third, tying the score.
The Wave went ahead 5-4 in the sixth on back-to-back two out doubles by second baseman Cade Edwards and Rogers and led 6-4 in the seventh after Hope walked and Witherspoon followed with a triple.
Starter Alex Massey, against whom the Palladins had scored four runs through the fifth, then got seven consecutive outs. He gave up a leadoff walk in the top of the eighth and was relieved by Dan Rankin. Furman scored two runs on two singles, an error and a groundout to tie the score. But Rankin got out of a bases-loaded jam.
“(Furman) did a good job of staying on some pitches, and I thought we made some mistakes with two strikes,” Pierce said. “But at the same time, I thought Alex and Daniel both got us through it and gave us a chance to win.
“I’m really just proud of how our offense is jelling together right now. We got some big two-out hits today, big two-out RBIs, and that’s why we won the game.”