STORRS, Conn. — Tulane is back on track.
One day after Connecticut stopped its four-game winning streak, the Green Wave roared to life Saturday in the second game of their American Athletic Conference series, scoring 11 times in the middle innings of a 14-5 victory at J.O. Christian Field.
Grant Witherspoon, who went 2-for-5 with four runs and four RBIs, was one of three Greenies to homer on a cold, rainy afternoon in the Northeast.
Hunter Hope and Jeremy Montalbano also homered for Tulane (19-8, 1-1), which began to blow open a scoreless game with a pair of runs in the fourth inning.
The Wave added five runs in the fifth and four more runs in the sixth to take an 11-2 lead.
The teams had planned to finish their series with a doubleheader Saturday, but rain forced them to wait until 1:30 p.m., and ultimately, they decided to push the finale to 11 a.m. Sunday.
In Friday’s conference opener, UConn won 9-4 as left-hander Anthony Kay gave up two hits in seven innings and the Wave committed three key errors, allowing the Huskies to grab a comfortable lead.
On Saturday, UConn (13-12, 1-1) started well enough, holding Tulane scoreless after three.
But the Wave took a 2-0 lead in the fourth when Witherspoon lifted a two-run homer over the right field fence.
Tulane tacked on five runs in the fifth, notching four hits — including a two-run single by Witherspoon — to extend their advantage to 7-0.
That was plenty for senior right-hander Emerson Gibbs, who threw 94 pitches in six innings but never ran into to much trouble. He allowed two runs (none earned) on four hits, striking out seven and walking two.
“Gibbs was outstanding, and Grant Witherspoon got us going again,” second-year coach David Pierce said. “We were up against a good left-hander today, and this could have been a pitchers’ duel, but we fed off Grant. Jeremy Montalbano had a good day, too. This was just a great team win.”
Tulane scored four runs in the sixth, getting three hits and taking advantage of four Husky errors.
The Huskies scored three times in the seventh on RBI hits by Willy Yahn and Bryan Daniello.
UConn outfielder Jack Sundberg was 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored.
Freshman left-hander Tim Cate (0-1) allowed five runs in 4.1 innings with seven strikeouts.