GREENVILLE, N.C. - Jeremy Schaffer drove in five runs, four on one swing of the bat in the first inning to help Tulane to a 10-5 win over No. 23 East Carolina in game one of the three-game Conference USA series Friday night at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium. With the win, the Wave improve to 18-9 overall and 3-1 in league play, while the Pirates drop to 17-10 and 0-1.
Blake Crohan, Schaffer and Rob Segedin combined for six of Tulane’s 10 hits, while driving in nine runs. Schaffer had a game-high five RBI after hitting a grand slam in the first inning and picked up the fifth RBI on a sac fly in the third.
Conrad Flynn (3-2) picked up his third win of the season after working 5 1/3 innings allowing four runs on seven hits with two strikeouts before being lifted for Preston Claiborne, who notched his first save of the year going 3 2/3 innings allowing one run (unearned) on three hits and three punch outs.
ECU starter Kevin Brandt (2-4) gave up eight runs (three earned) on seven hits with eight strikeouts in 6 2/3 frames. Mike Anderson (0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R), Patrick Somers (0.1 IP, H, BB, K) and D.J. Jauss (1.1 IP, H, 2 BB, K) held the Wave to a pair of runs over the final 2 1/3 innings.
Schaffer put the Wave up 4-0 in the first when he smoked a 0-1 count down the left field line. With two outs, Crohan reached on a Thompson error and Segedin and Brandon Boudreaux drew back-to-back walks off of Brandt to load the bases for Schaffer.
Freshman John Wooten got a run back in the second on a RBI single through the left side that pushed across Zach Wright cutting the lead to three, 4-1. Wright singled to start the inning then took second when Austin Homan was hit by a pitch before crossing home on Wooten’s at-bat.
Segedin’s two-RBI double to right field highlighted a three-run third that put the Wave up 7-1. After consecutive singles by Matt Ryan and Crohan, Segedin hit a ball to right that was misplayed by Devin Harris, clearing the bases and putting Segedin on third. Schaffer followed with a sac fly to center that scored Segedin.
Kyle Roller drove in the first of his two runs on the night in the bottom half of the third on a single through the right side that pushed across Cam Freeman making the score 8-2.
After Tulane scored in the sixth to pad its lead to 9-2, ECU plated a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning on a RBI single by Homan and Philip Clark, once again cutting the lead to 9-4.
Tulane put the game out of reach with two more runs in the eight and the Pirates scored one in the ninth to end the game at 10-5.
The two teams will conclude the series with a doubleheader Saturday starting at 1 p.m. (EDT).