NEW ORLEANS, LA. - Shooter Hunt scattered five hits over seven innings with nine strikeouts as Tulane handed East Carolina its second straight loss Saturday afternoon 8-2 at Zephyr Field.
Hunt allowed two runs and improved to 6-1 on the year, while the Green Wave improved to 22-7 overall and 5-0 in Conference USA play. Preston Claiborne pitched the final two innings allowing two hit with two punch outs.
Dustin Sasser suffered his first loss of the season after working 4 2/3 innings where he allowed five runs on eight hits, walked five and fanned two. Mike Flye (1.1 IP, one hit and one run), Josh Ruhlman (1/3 IP, two runs, three hits) and Bailey Daniels (1 2/3 IP with three strikeouts) saw action out of the bull pen. The Pirates drop to 20-8 and 3-2 in league action.
Dale Mollenhauer put the Pirates on the board in the first when he singled, then stole second base and came home on a pair of errors by catcher Jared Dyer and center fielder Nate Simon for an early 1-0 lead.
Tulane answered in the bottom of the frame plating three runs to take a 3-1 advantage. After Anthony Scelfo grounded into a double-play, Cat Everrett reached on a seeing-eye single to right then moved over to second on a Brad Emaus walk before scoring on Tim Guidry's single to right center for the first Green Wave run. On the same play Emaus advanced to third then scored when Mollenhauer could not handle a throw by catcher Corey Kemp trying to gun down Guidry at second. The Green Wave added another run when Warren McFadden reached on a fielding error by Drew Schieber that pushed across Guidry.
The Green Wave added runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to push their lead to 6-1. In the fifth, Guidry picked up his second hit of the day with an infield single to short. He then stole second base and trotted home on McFadden's RBI double down the left field line. Aja Barto plated the second run of the fifth inning with a single up the middle that scored McFadden. Anthony Scelfo scored the lone run in the sixth on a Guidry fielder's choice sac bunt.
ECU answered with a run in the seventh pulling within four, 6-2. Kemp unloaded on a Hunt fast ball that flew out of the park to left field.
Tulane plated two more runs in the eighth inning capping the scoring at 8-2.
Jake Dean lead the Pirates with two hits, while Harrison Eldridge, Mollenhauer, Ryan Tousley, Kemp and Brandon Henderson.
The two teams will meet for game three Sunday afternoon with a 1 p.m. (EDT) first pitch scheduled.