GREENVILLE, N.C. - Rob Segedin drove in five runs while Seth Henry collected four hits as No. 28 Tulane took game one of the Saturday doubleheader over No. 21 East Carolina 10-8 at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium. With the win, Tulane improves to 35-15-1 overall and 12-6-1 in league play while ECU drops to 36-15 and 11-9 in Conference USA action.
Preston Claiborne picked up his second win of the season after allowing two runs on three hits in four innings of work. Starter Matt Periton went 3.2 innings allowing six runs on five hits with two walks and one strikeout. Mason Griffin notched his seventh save of the year shutting down the Pirates in the final 1.1 innings.
Freshman Brad Mincey suffered the loss for the Pirates falling to 3-1 on the season after working four innings of relief allowing two runs on five hits with one strikeout. ECU starter Justin Bristow was chased in the first inning after allowing five runs on five hits with one walk and a strikeout. Seth Simmons (3.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) made his 23rd appearance of the year in the fifth, while Josh Ruhlman (0.1 IP) and Brett Butts (0.2 IP) closed out the game.
Tulane jumped out to an early 5-0 lead on five hits in the first inning. After Drew Allain led off with a walk, the Green Wave reeled off four consecutive hits including a three-run double to left-center by third baseman Segedin. Andrew Rodgers singled to right with one out scoring Segedin before Warren McFadden’s groundout RBI to Mincey that plated Jared Dwyer for the Waves final run of the inning.
Stephen Batts pulled the Pirates within two, 5-3, in the bottom of the first with a three-run shot to left field. Harrison Eldridge drew an opening frame walk then moved to third on Ryan Wood’s double to left-center before coming home on Batts’ cleared the bases with his eighth homer of the season.
Segedin pushed the Waves lead to three, 6-3 when he drove in Anthony Scelfo from third on a groundout. Scelfo picked up his second hit of the game with a single up the middle then took third on Seth Henry’s second hit, also up the middle.
Batts hit his second home run of the game to lead off the third inning pulling ECU within two, 6-4.
The Pirates knotted the game at six in the fourth inning on Wood’s second hit of the game a RBI single to left field that scored Trent Ashcraft. Drew Schieber walked to start the inning then moved to second on Ashcraft’s pinch-hit single through the left side. Freshman Dustin Harrington pushed the runners up 90 feet on a sac bunt and Eldridge drove in Schieber from third on a sac fly to center.
Tulane’s Sam Honeck legged out his first triple of the season in the fifth inning scoring Segedin from first to give the Green Wave a 7-6 lead.
Henry extended the Wave’s lead to three, 9-6, on a single through the right side that scored Josh Prince and Scelfo. Prince picked up his second hit of the game on a single to center then took second on an Allain sac bunt. Scelfo pushed Prince to third on his sac bunt then stole second to get into scoring position.
Segedin plated his fifth run of the game on a single to right field scoring Scelfo and giving Tulane a 10-6 advantage in the eighth.
Ashcraft’d double down the left field line in the bottom of the eighth cut Tulane’s lead to two, 10-8. Corey Kemp singled to left then moved to third on Brandon Henderson’s ground-rule double to right. After Jamie Ray flied out to left, Kemp was gunned down at the plate trying to tag up for the second out of the inning. Schieber followed with a walk and came home with Henderson on Ashcraft’s second hit of the game.
Stephen Batts hit his 15th and 16th career home runs, a three-run shot in the first and a solo in the fourth. He collected his 30th multi-RBI and 56th multi-hit games of his career and extended his current hitting streak to six games. Batts finished the game going 2-for-5 with four RBI and two runs scored.
Harrison Eldridge moved into a tie for first on the school’s all-time charts in hit by pitches (27) when he was plunked in the second inning.
Ryan Wood notched his 54 career multi-hit game single in the fourth through the left side.
Brandon Henderson extended his current hit streak to four games with his ground-rule double down the right field line.
Trent Ashcraft recorded his second multi-hit and second multi-RBI game of the season with his double down the left field line