Garrett Cannizaro’s walk-off single in the 12th inning scored Brandon Boudreaux helping Tulane (18-19, 5-6) to a 5-4 win over East Carolina (16-19, 2-6) Saturday afternoon at Greer Field inside Turchin Stadium. With the win, the Wave evens the weekend Conference USA series at one-all.
For the second-straight day the Pirates and Wave played an extra inning affair, this time with Tulane getting the game-winning hit in the 12th. Boudreaux led off the frame with a walk and took second on Tucker Oakley’s sac bunt down the first base line. A passed ball moved him 90 feet closer to home and with ECU’s outfielders playing in; Cannizaro lifted a 2-1 offering from Brett Mabry to left center scoring the Boudreaux for the game-winning run.
Kyle McKenzie (2-1) picked up the win working 4.2 scoreless innings of relief allowing two hits with a walk and a pair of strikeouts. Tulane starter Alex Byo surrendered four runs (three earned) on seven hits with four walks and three punch outs. Daniel Rankin tossed a scoreless inning bridging the gap between Byo and McKenzie.
Mabry (1-2) took the loss scattering four hits over 5.1 frames where he allowed one run (earned) with a pair of strikeouts. David Lucroy made his eighth start of the season going six innings where he was touched for four runs (two earned) on five hits with three strikeouts and two walks.
Zach Houchins two-out RBI single to left gave ECU an early 1-0 lead in the first frame. Drew Reynolds collected the first of his four hits when he doubled down the right field line and came around to score on Houchins fifth hit of the series.
A two-out triple and a wild pitch allowed Tulane to knot the game at one-all in the bottom of the first inning. Brennan Middleton tripled to left field on a ball that Nick Thompson misplayed on a diving attempt, which rolled to the wall, and then came home on a Lucroy wild pitch.
The Pirates regained the lead at 2-1 on a passed ball by Tulane’s Cameron Burns in the second. Thompson walked with one out and Garrett Brooks followed with a single through the left side putting runners on first and second. Watkins grounded out to Byo back to the moving the runners up and allowing Thompson to cross home during Bryan Bass’ at-bat.
Nick DiMaggio’s first career double scored Richard Carthon from second to tie the game at two-all in the third. Carthon reached on a throwing error by Houchins over Jay Cannon’s head allowing him to reach second. DiMaggio followed with a two-base hit to left field for his first career RBI.
Tulane took its first lead of the series after scoring a pair runs in the bottom of the fourth for a 4-2 advantage. Burns singled to right field and advanced to third on a fielding error by Dylan Brown that scored Bowen Wilson from first. Wilson reached when he was hit by a Lucroy pitch. Carthron ground out to short pushing across Burns for the second run of the stanza.
ECU tied the game at four in the top of the seventh thanks to RBIs by Jack Reinheimer and Reynolds. Watkins walked with one out and took third on Bryan Bass’ double to right center, which extended his hit streak to eight games. Reinheimer ground out to third plating Watkins and Reynolds picked up his third hit of the afternoon with an RBI single up the middle scoring Bass.
After recording just three hits in game one, Tulane collected 10 hits on Saturday. ECU also had 10 hits to push its weekend total to 24.
The two teams will play the rubber match Sunday afternoon at 12 noon (ET). The Pirates will turn to Ryan Williams (RHP) to help secure its first C-USA series win of the season, while the Wave will counter with lefty David Napoli.