Wave struggles against away opponents

Michael Braun, Contributing Reporter

The Green Wave baseball team endured a roller coaster of emotions at the Tony Gwynn Classic in San Diego last weekend. With one win and two losses, Tulane lost steam after day one.

No. 20 ranked Tulane first faced off against No. 23 Arizona in a close game. Starting pitcher Corey Merrill had career-high 12 strikeouts with the Wave ultimately winning 11-10.

There were seven lead changes in the game, leaving fans on the edge of their seats. At the bottom of the eighth, the game was tied at 10 but Jake Willsey hit a solo shot over right-field wall solidifying a win for Tulane.

Next, the Green Wave faced San Diego State University in yet another close match after losing an early lead. Redshirt junior Jeremy Montalbano had quite the game with his second home run of the season and batting three runners in.

The Wave rallied at the top of the eight while behind 7-3 scoring three more runs, but it wasn’t enough to take home the win.

In the final game of the Tony Gwynn Classic the Wave went up against hard-hitting Nebraska, losing 11-5. The game yet again went back and forth. After giving up an early lead similar to the game against SDSU, junior shortstop Stephen Alemais brought in three runs with a double to left center.

Green Wave pitchers, however, were unable to stop the Cornhuskers from scoring, giving up runs in all but two innings.

After this trek to California, the Wave returned to Louisiana after a stretch of away games to play against in state rival Southeastern Louisiana on Wednesday, March 2. Yet again, Tulane experienced a rough pitching night as Southeastern took at least three runs from each of the Wave’s first three pitchers. Tulane offense could not compete with the influx of runs, which resulted in the Wave losing 13-4.

The next series for Tulane takes place March 4-6 at Turchin Stadium against Pepperdine.