NEW ORLEANS —
Tulane broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the bottom of the sixth and allowed just three hits as they defeated the Columbia baseball team 7-0 Friday night to open up a three-game series. The Lions dropped to 0-10 with the defeat.
Starting pitcher Ethan Abrams worked his way out of trouble in each of the first three innings, but settled in to retire seven in a row until the bottom of the sixth. Hunter Williams led things off with a double to the corner of leftfield and Sal Gozzo connected on the first pitch he saw for an RBI single with one out. Gozzo swiped second and scored when Tyler Heinrichs notched a base-hit up the middle to make it 2-0 in favor of the Green Wave.
Tulane (5-12) looked to add more, drawing a pair of walks to load the bases when Columbia called Ian Burns out of the bullpen. Burns sent down a pinch-hitter looking and got out of the jam with a lineout to left.
However, the Green Wave got their insurance in the seventh. The first two runners reached base and Lex Kaplan scored from second on a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt. Two more walks forced in another run to extend the margin to 4-0 and a sac fly added another insurance run.
In the bottom of the eighth, Tulane used three extra-base hits to tack on two more to cap the scoring.
Abrams (0-2) lasted 5.1 innings, giving up two earned runs on six hits with five strikeouts. Randell Kanemaru had two of the Lions’ four hits and pushed his hitting streak to a career-high 11 games.
Corey Merrill evened his record to 2-2, allowed just two hits and struck out five in his seven shutout innings. Williams went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and Gozzo drove in a pair to pace the Green Wave.
Columbia and Tulane square off in the middle game of their series Saturday, March 18, at 5 p.m. ET.