Conference play heats up for Green Wave against Cincinnati
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Coming off a win in its first conference weekend series against South Florida, the Green Wave (12-17, 2-1 American Athletic Conference) will head to Ohio for a weekend conference series against the Cincinnati Bearcats (14-14, 1-2 AAC).
In its final home game before heading north, Tulane fell 9-5 to the University of New Orleans Privateers (17-13, 6-6 Southland Conference) Tuesday night at Maestri Field.
Leading Tulane was senior infielder Hunter Williams who hit two doubles and scored twice, senior outfielder Jarret DeHart who drove in two runs on two hits and senior outfielder Lex Kaplan who hit a home run.
Freshman pitcher Burton Schnake threw three scoreless innings in his first career start before getting replaced after loading the bases in the fourth. The Wave played a total of seven pitchers against UNO.
Kaplan put Tulane on the board in the fourth inning with his fifth home run of the season. Williams then hit his double, and freshman infielder Sal Gozzo scored, giving the Wave a 2-0 lead.
While Tulane scored two runs in the fourth inning, UNO scored seven in the same inning and added two more in the fifth. The Wave fought to decrease the deficit but was unable to secure a win.
With Tulane once again seeking redemption after its loss, it prepares to face Cincinnati in a three-game series following the Bearcats’ 8-6 victory over Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
The last time the two teams faced off was April of last season when the Wave dropped its first weekend series to the Bearcats 7-4 after allowing Cincinnati to gain an early lead. Struggling with the pitching game throughout all nine innings, the Wave could not recover. This series marks the only meeting of these two teams this season.
Despite a season filled with ups and downs — from defeating state rival LSU to losing to crosstown rival UNO —Tulane remains at a higher ranking than the Bearcats going into the series.
Tulane is currently ranked fourth in the conference while Cincinnati is in seventh place.
The weekend games are the second conference series for the Wave this season. The first pitch for the games will be thrown at 5 p.m. on Friday, 3 p.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday. The games will be broadcast on 88.3 FM WRBH, the TuneIn Radio app and live audio, and stats will be available on www.TulaneGreenWave.com.
With 29 games played and 27 left, first-time Division I head coach Travis Jewett is midway through his inaugural season and remains confident the team can establish a solid footing as it prepares to smoke, slide and steal against conference opponents.
“… You can see by the way our players are fighting and believing, and the way we’re trending, I think the believability is starting to pickup …” Jewett said in an interview with The Times-Picayune.