Tulane baseball reclaims top spot in the AAC

Jeremy Rosen, Staff Reporter

Tulane baseball is now top of the AAC after taking two of three from ECU. (Madeleine Draper)

This weekend, Tulane University faced off against the conference-leading East Carolina Pirates in a huge three-game series, winning the series 2-1. The impressive performance placed the Green Wave back on top of the tight race for the top of the American Athletic Conference.

The team came out red-hot to start the series opener, going on a 10-0 run in just the first four innings. Sophomore Dylan Carmouche struck out four ECU players in the seven innings he pitched, while only giving up four earned runs. Shortstop Trevor Minder led the charge offensively, getting two hits and getting a career-high five RBIs.

After the statement win in the series opener, the team could not get much going in game two. The Olive and Blue got out to a 2-1 lead in the first inning, thanks to back-to-back runs from Luis Aviles and Jackson Linn. Chandler Welch had a rough pitching night, giving up six runs on seven hits through four innings. Tulane was only able to score one more run in the ninth inning to lose 3-8.

Tulane baseball came back with a vengeance to blow out the Pirates 10-5 in game three. The offense was unstoppable on the field, scoring a run in all but one inning the whole game. 

Freshman Michael Massey gave up a homerun on just the second pitch of the game, but he redeemed himself by getting three strikeouts and only giving up one earned run after that. Ethan Groff extended his hit streak to nine games in style, hitting a homerun straight down the center of the diamond.

The series win gives the Green Wave an 8-4 conference record, matching ECU and the University of Central Florida for the best conference record. Tulane’s 26-14-1 record is the best overall record in the AAC, giving them the top spot in the conference for now.

Tulane’s next game will be against South Alabama, followed by another crucial three-game series against the UCF Knights.