NEW ORLEANS, La. – Hunter Williams’ walk-off three-run homer gave No. 27 Tulane a 5-2 American Athletic Conference walk-off win over No. 16 East Carolina Friday night at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. With the win the Green Wave improve to 20-9 overall and 2-1 in league play, while the Pirates drop to 20-10 and 2-2.
Ross Massey (4-2) picked up the win tossing a complete game where he allowed two runs (both earned) on 11 hits with three strikeouts.
Joe Ingle (4-3) suffered the loss surrendering three runs on two hits with a pair of walks and one strikeout in two-thirds of an inning. The home run to Williams marked the second blown save for Ingle in as many games (other at Elon). Evan Kruczynski did not factor in the decision despite striking out a career-high 13 batters with no walks in eight innings. The lefty was tagged for a pair of runs (one earned) on four hits in his seventh quality start of the season (in eight starts). At one point in the contest, Kruczynski had retired 15-straight batters from the third to the eighth frame.
Williams collected two of the Green Wave’s six hits and drove in three runs in his first start since Feb. 26. Lex Kaplan drove in a run going 1-for-3 at the dish.
ECU pounded out 11 hits getting two apiece from Luke Bolka, Dwanya Williams-Sutton, Eric Tyler and Charlie Yorgen. Bolka belted his second home run of the season to lead off the second inning, while Yorgen’s RBI bunt single in the seventh accounted for the Pirates second run.How It Happened:
Trailing 2-0 going to the bottom of the ninth, Tulane scored five runs on three hits and an error completing the comeback for a 5-2 opening series win.
Jake Rogers started the frame reaching after he was hit by a pitch. Grant Witherspoon followed with a single through the right side putting runners on the corners with no outs. After a Pirate pinching change, which brought Ingle to the bump, Witherspoon took second on a catcher’s indifference before he was lifted for Grant Brown. Kaplan drove in Tulane’s first run with an infield single that plated Rogers and he took second on a throwing error by Turner Brown. On the play, Grant Brown scored from second knotting the game at two-all.
The inning continued with Jeremy Montalbano pinch hitting for Matt Rowland. During Montalbano’s at-bat, Hope tried to score on a wild pitch, but was gunned down at the plate for the first out of the inning. With Kaplan standing on third, Montalbano walked and was lifted for Cade Edwards. Ingle got the second out via the strike out of Jake Willsey before Williams’ deposited 2-0 offering over the right field wall ending the contest.
Bolka staked ECU to an early 1-0 lead after belting his second home run of the season to start the second frame.
ECU pushed across its second run of the contest in the seventh taking a 2-0 lead. Jeff Nelson was hit by a pitch with one out and moved to third on Parker Lamm’s single to center. Yorgen plated Nelson when he reached on an infield bunt single, where Massey tried to throw out a charging Nelson at the plate.Up Next:
ECU will look to bounce back when the two teams return to the field for game two of the weekend series. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. (ET) and will be streamed live on the American Digital Network.