Wave defeats LSU in Baton Rouge after nine years


Junior infielder Stephen Alemais attempts to turn a play in the 1-2 series against Gonzaga in the weekend series March 6-8 last season in Turchin Stadium. 

Jake Brennan, Staff Reporter

The Green Wave baseball team traveled to Baton Rouge on Tuesday to face LSU riding a five-game win streak. Relying on strong defensive play, outstanding pitching and prolific offense, Tulane defeated LSU 7-1, defeating the Tigers in Baton Rouge for the first time since 2007.

Freshman Cole McKay, the Tigers’ starting pitcher, did not make it out of the first inning, after walking four straight with two outs, giving the Green Wave a quick 1-0 lead. Tulane quickly built on that lead in the second inning, with junior catcher Jake Rogers knocking in two runs with a single past third base. The Wave finished the second inning up 5-0.

The pace slowed considerably after the second inning, with neither team scoring a run until the eighth. Despite the lack of scoring, the level of excitement certainly did not dwindle. Tulane’s preseason All-American shortstop, junior Stephen Alemais, showed his defensive skill with a spectacular play to get Tulane out of a bases-loaded jam, and end the bottom of the fourth inning.

With the bases loaded and only one out, LSU junior infielder Bryce Adams hit a hard grounder up the middle. Alemais made a sliding stop, and a behind-the-back throw to junior second baseman Jake Willsey, who stepped on the bag and fired the ball to first for the double play.

The play was featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter and was named the number one play in the SportsCenter Top 10.

Willsey proceeded to put the final nail in the coffin for LSU’s comeback hopes with a huge solo homerun to left field, putting the Green Wave up 6-0. The offense continued in the top of the ninth, when freshman outfielder Grant Witherspoon hit an RBI single to centerfield, leaving LSU down 7-0 with only three outs remaining.

The Tigers only managed to bring in a single run in the bottom of the ninth. LSU may have been able to stave off a shutout, but did not even come close to putting the contest in doubt for Tulane.

With its biggest win of the season in hand, Tulane baseball looks towards an away weekend series in Storrs, Connecticut against UConn, but with its eventual rematch against LSU looming. The Green Wave will be at home against LSU on April 26, before entering the final stretch of the season before the playoffs.

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