Press Release from SouthernMiss.com
NEW ORLEANS – Blake Crohan had four hits and scored the winning run in the sixth to lead Tulane to a 4-3 Conference USA baseball victory over Southern Miss here Sunday afternoon at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.
Southern Miss (25-22 overall, 9-9 C-USA) lost for a season-high fourth consecutive game as they were swept for the first time since 2010 when they lost all three games at home to UCF.
Dillon Day drove in all three runs for Southern Miss and Mason Robbins had two hits and threw 4 2/3 innings in a starting assignment but did not figure in the decision.
The Golden Eagles took the early advantage with a run in the second. After Robbins led off the inning with a single, he went to second on a groundout by Issac Rodriguez and then to third on a balk. Day followed with a line out to centerfield and Robbins was able to slide across the plate in front of the tag to give Southern Miss a 1-0 advantage.
Tulane tried to tie the score in the bottom of the third. After a strikeout, Brennan Middleton reached on a bunt single. Then Bowen Woodson doubled into the left-center and Day threw a strike to Ashley Graeter who relayed it to Austin Roussel to take Middleton at the plate.
The Green Wave then tied the score at 1-1 in the fourth. Nick Schneeberger collected a one-out double to right before Blake Crohan singled him home to even the score.
The home team took the lead in the fifth with a pair of runs. Brandon Boudreaux put the Wave ahead with a RBI single to center and Woodson scored on a throwing error by Travis Creel later in the frame.
The Golden Eagles tied the score at 3-3 in the sixth with two runs of their own. With one out, Roussel walked. After another out, Robbins singled and Rodriguez walked to load the bases before Day tied the score with a two-run single to left.
That tie did not last long as the Green Wave (32-16, 10-8) garnered a run in the bottom of the inning. Blake Crohan led off the frame with a double. After a sacrifice bunt that Roussel threw errantly to first to put runners at the corners, Tucker Oakley grounded into a double play to score the go-ahead run.
Tulane reliever Andrew Garner gave up just a hit and fanned one over 1 1/3 innings to get the victory and improve to 5-0 on the campaign.
USM reliever Cameron Giannini (2-3) allowed an unearned run over 2 1/3 on a hit to suffer the loss.
The Golden Eagles return to action when they entertain East Carolina for the first of three games next Friday, May 11, at 6 p.m.