The Tulane Green Wave turned a new page and came out determined to put the past weekend behind them against ULL (University of Louisiana Lafayette). In order to do so, they would have to face off against a cross-town team which had always been a thorn in their side, the University of New Orleans. Whenever these two teams square up, they battle for the luxurious Pelican Cup which is usually given out to the team which wins 2 out of 3 games in a regular season usually the games being midweeks. The series alternates which team hosts the two home games every season but due to COVID-19 this great tradition, just like last year, comes down to one game to decide who takes home the cup. UNO had won the battle of the Pelican Cup the past 5 seasons.
The game started with a solid pitcher’s duel between Tulane’s JUCO transfer Tyler Hoffman, who ended up going 4 innings giving up only 2 hits and striking out 7 in his Tulane debut, and UNO’s Kyle Khachadourian, who went 3 innings giving up 1 hit striking out 5. Tulane pitchers, however, were one of the main stories of the night with, Zach Devito, Clifton Slagel, and Keagan Gillies keeping the UNO bats fairly quiet after Tyler Hoffman’s performance on the bump.
It was not until the 5th inning until we had our first score of the game from a 2 RBI triple from Tulane shortstop Collin Burns. In the top of the 6th, UNO responds with a RBI single by KC Simonich cutting the deficit to 2-1. The following inning Tulane breaks the game open scoring 5 runs in the bottom of the 7th thanks to a RBI groundout by catcher Luis Aviles and RBI singles by centerfielder Jared Hart, Collin Burns and first baseman Simon Baumgardt.
That was all the offense both teams could muster and Tulane ended up winning at Turchin Stadium on Tuesday night with a final score of 7-1. The winning pitcher for the Green Wave went to Zach Devito who pitched 1.2 innings striking out 2. The standout player of the game, though, went to the man who finished the night 3-4 with 2 runs, 1 RBI, and 2 SBs and slapped the wall at the end of the game, JUCO transfer Jared Hart.
Next up for Tulane is a road trip to Starkville, MS to face off against Mississippi State in a 3 game series starting on Friday with a 4pm CT start time.