March 25, 2012

Wave has 15 hits, 13 runs in last five innings

Tulane crushed Maryland-Baltimore County 13-2 on Sunday to win the weekend series. Forgive coach Rick Jones if he was not in a mood to celebrate.

After losing 3-2 to the Terriers on Saturday, the Green Wave failed to get a hit until the fifth inning of the finale at Turchin Stadium and did not take the lead until the sixth before battering UMBC's bullpen.

"The first four innings we were fighting ourselves," Jones said. "You could just see the tension. It doesn't matter how much we tried to say, hey, relax and take a deep breath. Until their starter (Steve Miller, 0-3) tired, it was just real tough for us. It's real frustrating right now. Maybe what happened late will be a positive."

Clearly, Jones was not convinced. Tulane had 15 hits and 13 runs in the last five innings, with Nick Schneeberger ripping a two-RBI, go-ahead triple and Bowen Woodson blasting his first home run of the season over the left-field wall in the seventh.

Kyle McKenzie (1-0) kept Tulane close early, scattering seven hits over seven innings while allowing only one run, walking one and striking out seven.

"Kyle pitched well today, but there are plenty of things we've got to be better (at)," Jones said. "Thank goodness we weren't in conference play this weekend."

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