GREENVILLE, N.C. - Tulane (28-14, 6-7 C-USA) scored a pair of runs on wild pitches in the third inning and added an insurance run in the sixth to claim a 4-1 victory over No. 27 East Carolina (27-15-1, 9-6-1) Friday night at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
Andrew Reeves (1-1) picked up the win for the Green Wave as the right-hander allowed just one unearned run on six hits in seven innings. He issued two free passes and struck out two.
D.J. Ponder earned his seventh save of the season after entering for Reeves with a runner on first and no outs in the eighth. Ponder retired John Wooten on a fly out and ended the frame by inducing a 6-4-3 double play off the bat of Zach Wright before working a scoreless ninth to end the contest.
East Carolina jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first as Corey Thompson’s RBI single plated Tim Younger, who reached on an error to lead off the stanza and took second on a passed ball.
Tulane knotted the score at one in the second. Blake Crohan ripped a one-out double, took third on a wild pitch, and later scored on Tucker Oakley’s single to left center.
The Green Wave grabbed a 3-1 lead in the top of the third. Garrett Cannizaro and Nick Schneeberger collected back-to-back singles to put runners at first and third with one out. Cannizaro scored on a wild pitch by Kevin Brandt, putting Tulane up 2-1. Schneeberger later scored all the way from second base after another errant offering from Brandt.
Tulane capped the scoring with a run in the sixth. Crohan reached on a fielder’s choice bunt attempt and scored on an error by Thompson at third.
Brandt (5-4) suffered the loss after surrendering four runs (three earned) on seven hits, while walking two and striking out a half dozen in six innings of work.
Thompson was the only Pirate with more than one hit. The Apex, N.C., native collected three singles. It was hit second consecutive multi-hit performance. Andy Smithmyer fanned seven Green Wave hitters in three scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
Schneeberger led all Green Wave hitters with a trio of base knocks. Oakley and Cannizaro each added two singles. Crohan scored a pair of runs.
The setback marked the Pirates’ first Conference USA loss at home this season.
ECU and Tulane return to the diamond Saturday, April 28 for a 2 p.m. first pitch.