NEW ORLEANS – Columbia scored six runs in the top of the ninth to break a 5-5 tie and top Tulane baseball, 11-5, Saturday at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.
The Green Wave (5-13) trailed 5-2 in the seventh, but tied it up on a three-run home run by Jarret DeHart. In the ninth, the Lions (1-10) scored runs on an RBI single, walk and a two-out grand slam to take an 11-5 lead. Tulane had taken a 1-0 lead, then fought back from 4-1 and 5-2 deficits to knot the score heading into the final inning.
“They were a hungry team today and they just came out and took advantage of all our mistakes. There were a lot of freebies,” Tulane head coach Travis Jewett said. “We have to be able to come through (with runners in scoring position) and tonight we weren’t able to separate ourselves at all. We got a big hit from DeHart – one swing, he ties the game up, and we get right back in. At that point though, we have to keep it in range.”
Similar to Friday, the scoreboard was empty for the first several frames. The Green Wave broke through in the fifth on an RBI single to left center by Grant Witherspoon. Paul Gozzo, who knocked a one-out base hit, scored to give the home team a 1-0 lead. The Wave only got one run, however, leaving the bases loaded in the inning.
In the top of the sixth, Columbia tied it with an RBI single by AJ DiFillipo, then took the lead, 4-1, on a three-run home run to right field by Chandler Bengtson.
Tulane got a run back in the bottom of the sixth when Kody Hoese doubled to left center and scored on Paul Gozzo’s base hit to left field, making the score 4-2. Gozzo finished the game 3-for-3 with an RBI, walk and a run scored. The Lions then retook the three-run lead in the top of the seventh on an RBI double by Ben Porter.
The Green Wave knotted the score, 5-5, in the seventh when Sal Gozzo and Hunter Williams drew walks setting up DeHart’s three-run home run. It was the fifth homer of the season for DeHart, who raised his RBI total to 20 on the year.
In the ninth, Columbia got runners on base with a walk and hit batter before the RBI single by Randell Kanemaru. A one-out intentional walk loaded the bases before a base on balls to DiFillipo and the grand slam by Bengtson.
Tulane starter J.P. France held the Lions scoreless for five innings, scattering four hits during that span. He got out of first-and-third situations in the fourth and fifth innings, including a ground ball double play from Hoese at third to Williams at first to close the fifth. He finished with four strikeouts in 6.0 innings. Jack Hogan (0-1), the second of four relievers used by the Green Wave, was charged with the lead run and took the loss.
Zack Bahm (1-1), the third pitcher of the game for Columbia, threw 1.2 innings and earned the win in relief of starter Josh Simpson, who allowed a run and five hits in 5.0 innings. Offensively, Columbia tallied 11 hits and nine walks.
The series rubber match will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. The game can be heard on 88.3 FM WRBH and the TuneIn Radio app, and live stats and live video can be found on www.TulaneGreenWave.com.
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Columbia 11, Tulane 5 (Mar 18, 2017 at New Orleans, La.)
Columbia………… 000 004 106 – 11 11 0 (1-10)
Tulane………….. 000 011 300 – 5 9 0 (5-13)
Pitchers: Columbia – Simpson, Josh; Wereski, Ben(6); Bahm, Zack(7); Egly, Harrisen(9) and
Karo, Matt. Tulane – FRANCE, J.P.; COLLETTI, Christian(7); HOGAN, Jack(8); ISSA, Brandon(9);
BJORNGJELD, Sam(9) and GOZZO, Paul.
Win-Bahm, Zack(1-1) Loss-HOGAN, Jack(0-1) T-3:25 A-1975
HR COL – Bengtson, Chandler 2 (2).
HR TLN – DeHART, Jarret (5).
Weather: 78 Ptly Cloudy, Wind W @ 6 mph
J. HOGAN faced 1 batter in the 9th.