Tulane baseball starts new season swinging


Josh Jessiman

Pitcher Ben White strikes out two players during Saturday’s matchup. White pitched four innings on Feb. 17.

This past weekend, Green Wave baseball opened its season in the most sweeping way possible. In facing off against the Wright State Raiders, the team brought home three victories to win the series and leave fans wanting more.

Even though the series would eventually become a breeze for the Green Wave, the opening game proved to be a point of struggle. The Wave had the upper hand during the first half of the game with two runs in the second inning and a third run in the fourth. When the Raiders came back to tie the game at the top of the seventh inning, the game became a real nail-biter. Finally, at the conclusion of the seventh inning, senior designated hitter Matt Rowland took a crucial walk with the bases loaded to win the game.

The second game on Saturday followed the pattern of the first, leaving fans on the edge of their seats. Wright State took the lead early in the fourth inning where it kept growing even into the late innings. The Green Wave began its comeback by scoring three runs to conclude the seventh inning and tie the game. With no scores in the eighth or ninth innings, the game went into extra innings tied at 5-5. Finally, at the bottom of the 10th inning, junior catcher Acy Owen slammed a triple to bring home sophomore outfielder Kobi Owen and take the series.

With the series safely secured under its belt, the Green Wave entered the third game with Wright State confident, a characteristic demonstrated through its performance. Even though the Raiders scored two runs in the first inning, the Wave was able to reciprocate and overpower the Raiders. Tulane truly took the game during the fifth inning when a total of four runs were scored, and the tally was brought to 7-4. The team did not stop here, earning an additional two runs in both the seventh and eighth innings and bringing the final score to 11-5. The Green Wave walked away from its first series victorious, having completed a well-deserved series sweep.

Tulane students can only hope that this early success will continue into next weekend’s series at the University of Mississippi. The series will begin on Friday at 4 p.m.

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