GREENVILLE, N.C. - Drew Allian broke an eight all tie in the top of the eighth inning with a two-run home run that gave No. 28 Tulane a 10-8 win over No. 21 East Carolina in the second game of the doubleheader Saturday night at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium. With the win the Green Wave improve to 36-15-1 and 13-6-1 in Conference USA play, while the Pirates drop to 36-16 overall and 11-10.
Nick Pepitone moved to 3-1 on the year after working 3.1 innings allowing three hits and one walk. Starter Aaron Loup allowed three runs on two hits with three walks. Trey Martin worked 2.1 of relief allowing one run on two hits with two strikeouts. Robby Broach gave up three runs on three hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 1.2 innings of work.
Allain took a 2-2 Josh Ruhlman offering to left field scoring Josh Prince ahead of him with two outs in the inning.
Josh Ruhlman, who made his league leading 30th appearance, dropped to 3-3 on the season working the final three innings where he allowed two runs on one hit with three strikeouts and one walk. ECU starter T.J. Hose lasted 4.2 innings allowing seven runs on seven hits with four walks and three strikeouts before being lifted by Daniel Holder who went 1.1 innings allowing one run on one hit.
For the third game in the series, Tulane jumped out to an early lead, 2-0, plating to runs in the first innings. Anthony Scelfo drew a walk with one out then advanced to second on Seth Henry’s ground out to third. Rob Segedin continued his hot hitting in the series with a two-run shot down the right-field that just stayed fair.
ECU answered with a run of its own in the bottom half of the inning cutting the lead to 2-1. Harrison Eldridge was hit by a Loup pitch then took second on Stephen Batts single to left. After a double steal put runners at second and third, Kemp flied out to center scoring Eldridge for his 61st RBI of the season.
Dustin Harrington’s two-RBI one-out single down the left field line gave ECU a 3-2 lead in the second. Jamie Ray led off the frame with a walk then moved to second on a groundout. Trent Ashcraft walked to put runners on first and second and then executed a double steal with Ray leading up to Harrington’s hit.
ECU extended its lead in the fourth to 4-2 on Eldridge’s RBI single to right. Harrington roped a one-out double to left field then came home on Eldridge’s single.
Tulane regained the lead 7-4 after scoring five runs in the fifth inning which was highlighted by a Sam Honeck two-run shot to right field. Segedin drove in two more runs on his second hit of the day, a double to right-center and Jared Dyer pushed across Segedin with a double to left.
Josh Prince connected on a Holder pitch in the sixth for his first career home run, a solo shot to left, giving Tulane an 8-5 lead.
ECU tied the game at eight with three runs in the sixth thanks to three Pirate hits and a pair of Tulane wild pitches. Eldridge led off with a walk then took second on Ryan Wood’s single through the left side. A wild pitch by Broach moved the runners up to second and third before another wild pitch scored Eldridge. Kemp plated his 62nd run of the season on a sac fly to right that scored Wood. The game tying run came when Drew Schieber poked a shot to left field scoring Henderson from second.
The Pirates will be back in action on Tuesday, May 13 when they play host to instate rival UNC-Wilmington with a scheduled first pitch for 6 p.m. (ET).