GREENVILLE, N.C. - Jeremy Schaffer's two-run home run in the seventh inning proved to be the game winner as Tulane took game two of the Saturday doubleheader 7-5 and walked away with the Conference USA series 2-1 at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium. With the win the Green Wave improves to 19-10, 4-2 while the Pirates drop to 18-11 and 1-2 in league play.
Leading 5-3 in the seventh, Schaffer stroked a full-count offering from Seth Simmons to straight away center scoring Rob Segedin just in front of him for the would-be game winning run. Segedin walked to open the frame and moved to second on a Simmons wild pitch before crossing home.
The Pirates had a chance to tie the game in the ninth when Kyle Roller collected his second double of the evening with two outs just before Zach Wright grounded out to third to end the game.
Tulane's Robby Broach picked up the win to remain perfect on the season at 5-0. The right-hander struck out a career-best 10 Pirates' and allowed three runs (all earned) on seven hits in seven full innings. Nick Pepitone pitched the final two frames giving up two runs on two hits with a pair of strikeouts.
Mike Wright (2-2) suffered his first loss of the season as a starter working one inning where he gave up three runs (one earned) on three hits with a strikeout. Redshirt freshman Shawn Armstrong allowed three runs on four hits in five innings of relief and Simmons made his 75th career appearance, tied for third all-time at ECU, pitching the final three frames where he allowed one run on one hit.
Tulane jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first thanks to RBI singles by Segedin and Garrett Cannizaro. Brandon Bourdreaux reached on a throwing error by John Wooten and moved over to third on Matt Ryan's single up the middle before coming home on Segedin's single to right center, which put Ryan on third for Cannizaro.
Corey Thompson knotted the game at two in the bottom half of the stanza on his second home run of the day and third of the season to right field scoring Trent Whitehead just ahead of him.
Blake Crohan put the Wave back on top in the second on his two-run shot right that plated Adam Zabel.
Thompson was at it again in the second when he roped a single to left scoring Austin Homan, who single to left to start the frame, pulling ECU within one, 4-3.
Broach and Armstrong kept the opposing sides scoreless over the next three innings before Tulane scored in the sixth for a 5-3 advantage. Bourdreaux singled to left pushing across Brennan Middleton from second base.
Wooten pulled the Pirates within two, 7-5, in the eighth when he reached on a fielder's choice that scored Roller and Wright. Roller doubled to left to start the inning, Wright was hit by a pitch and Devin Harris loaded the bases with a free pass before Wooten put a ball in play to Segedin, who flipped over to Middleton to get Harris out at second before throwing the ball away allowing Roller and Wright to score.
Thompson and Wooten combined for eight of ECU's 18 hits and drove in a five total runs to help the Pirates to a15-6 win over the Wave to even the series in game one of the Saturday doubleheader.
Seth Maness (5-2) recorded his fifth straight win as a starter going 5 1/3 innings allowing six runs (all earned) on 11 hits with four punch outs and three walks. Junior Zach Woods notched his first career save holding Tulane scoreless in 3 2/3 innings with four strikeouts. Woods has thrown 12 2/3 scoreless innings dating back to the final out in the fifth inning against N.C. A&T on Mar. 24.
Matt Petiton (1-3) suffered the loss after being touched for eight runs on 10 hits in four innings. Alex Byo gave up six runs on six hits in 1 2/3 innings, while Drew Zizinia (1.1 IP, 2 H, R) and Kyle McKenzie (1.0 IP, BB, K) closed out the game surrendering just one runs on two hits.
Roller's monster three-run shot over the scoreboard in right center highlighted a five run first inning for the Pirates. Whitehead reached on an infield single and Thompson followed with a single to left before a passed ball pushed both runners up 90 feet leading to Roller's 46th career home run. John Wooten's two-RBI single extended the lead to 5-0. Wright drew a walk and Devin Harris doubled down the left field line setting up Wooten's single to right that cleared the bases.
ECU pushed across two more runs in the fourth to pad its lead to 7-0. Jared Avchen reached on a fielder's choice then scored on Thompson's single to center that was misplayed by Nick Boullosa allowing Thompson to move to second. Roller was intentionally walked to get to Wright, who singled to center scoring Thompson for the final run of the stanza.
Tulane plated a pair on Bourdreaux's double to right center in the fifth that scored Brennan Middleton from second and Boullosa from first. Zabel led off with a singled down the right field line then took second on Middleton's single to short. Boullosa hit a grounder back to Maness who tossed the ball to Wright at the plate recording the first out. Bourdreaux followed with a rope to right center that cleared the bases.
The Pirates answered the Wave runs with four more in the bottom half of the frame to push their lead to 11-2. Wooten doubled to right and Homan sent a first pitch offering from the new Wave pitcher, Byo, to right field for his first collegiate home run - a span of 155 official at-bats. Freeman walked and Avchen singled up the middle for Whitehead, who reached on a fielder's choice that scored Freeman. Whitehead stole consecutive at-bats moving to third and touched home on Thompson's single to center.
A four-run sixth inning drew the Wave to within five, 11-6. Jeremy Schaffer singled with one out, Cannizaro followed with another single before Zabel loaded the bases for Middleton, who singled to right scoring Schaffer. Karl Mundt reached after being plunked by Maness forcing home Cannizaro. Bourdreaux singled home Zabel and Crohan walked with the bases loaded pushing across Middleton for the final run.
Thompson's second home run of the season highlighted a Pirate four run sixth to cap the score at 15-6. After Freeman doubled home Wooten and Avchen grounded out to short scoring Freeman, Whitehead singled to right then stole second, his third base of the game, and crossed home on Thompson's drive to left field.
The Pirates will be back in action next Friday, Apr. 9 when they travel to Memphis for a three-game C-USA series at FedEx Park.
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