March 16, 2012

Wave rallies twice to beat Brown

Can a come-from-behind win against a winless Ivy League team make a big difference in a season? Tulane will find out in the next few weeks, but it sure beats the alternative.

The Green Wave (12-6) was down and out twice against Brown (0-5) on Friday before finding a way to win 8-7 in front of 3,069 at Turchin Stadium, halting a four-losses-in-five-games skid that prompted coach Rick Jones to question their character.

Tucker Oakley's walk-off walk in the ninth capped a two-run rally after Brown scored two with two outs in the top of the inning. Earlier, Tulane trailed 5-1 before Garrett Cannizaro's two-out, two-strikes, three-RBI double in the sixth.

"We won a ballgame that looked really tough," Jones said. "I don't care who or where or when, we needed a win. The key now is to build on it, not rest on it. We need to see how we build on it tomorrow."

The positives? After getting a measly two hits in the first five innings off wild junk-baller Heath Mayo, Tulane had 10 hits off three pitchers in the final four. Cannizaro's was the key blow, clearing the bases on a night when Tulane stranded runner after runner.

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