NEW ORLEANS, LA – Senior captain Derick Horn (Valatie, NY) delivered clutch hits to give SHU a 4-3 lead in the fifth and then to tie the game in the eighth, but the Tulane Green Wave defeated the Sacred Heart Pioneers, 6-5, in ten innings Sunday afternoon.
Captain Nick Leiningen (Millwood, NY) gave up three runs in six innings of work to earn a no decision. Junior James Cooksey (Norwalk, CT) pitched three innings in relief, yielding a couple of runs on two hits.
Captain Derick Horn (Valatie, NY) led the way for SHU at the dish, going three-for-four with three runs batted in. Freshman Zak Short (Hurley, NY) had a couple of hits, after going three-for-four at the plate yesterday.
Unlike in yesterday's series opener, it was Tulane jumping out the lead in the first inning on Sunday. After getting hit by a pitch to start the game, Sophomore Richard Carthon stole second and reached third on a fielder's choice. With two outs in the inning, Junior Garrett Deschamp knocked in Carthon with a single to put the Green Wave up 1-0.
Tulane added to its lead in the bottom of third inning. Carthon was on the other side of the scoring this time, hitting a sacrifice fly to score Alemais who led off the inning with a double. Jake Rogers followed Carthon with a single and then scored on a Andrew Garner double to put Tulane in front 3-0.
Sacred Heart stormed back in the fifth inning with freshman Keith Klebart (Orange, CT) getting the rally started, knocking a one out single to right center. Kenny Byram (Ponte Vedra, FL) and Ted Shaw (Southington, CT) followed Klebart with singles of their own to load the bases for sophomore Jayson Sullivan (Charlton, NY). Sullivan delivered a single to score two Pioneers and cut into the Tulane lead. Short kept the rally going with a walk, before Horn knocked a two-out single to score Shaw and Sullivan and put the Pioneers up 4-3.
Tulane rallied again in the seventh inning with Deschamp and Rogers both coming around to score on a Hunter Hope two-out double. Deschamp and Rogers reached base on hit by pitches.
Horn once again came up big for SHU in the eighth inning. Short led off the inning with a base hit up the middle. After stealing second, Short came around to score on a Horn single to left field, tying the score at five.
A few Sacred Heart miscues allowed Tulane to load the bases with one out in the bottom of the tenth against sophomore right-hander Jesus Medina (New York, NY). After a wild pitch allowed the leadoff hitter to reach, an intentional walk and a hit by pitch had the bases full for the Green Wave. After getting a force out at home for the second out of the inning, Medina let up a game-winning single to Carthon.
The Pioneers and Green Wave will play the final game of their three game series tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 pm.