Wave topples Pirates in 12
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The extra-inning magic ran out for East Carolina on
Saturday as Garrett Cannizaro's RBI single in the bottom of the 12th lifted
Tulane to a 5-4 Conference USA victory over the Pirates at Turchin Stadium.
The outcome reversed the trend ECU established with
triumphs in its two most recent marathon outings. The Pirates
prevailed over the Green Wave 3-2 in 13 innings Friday night after
having pulled out a similar 13-inning thriller by an identical score
over Rice last weekend.
Brandon Boudreaux walked to lead off the decisive
inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Tucker Oakley. Boudreaux
advanced to third on a passed ball charged to ECU catcher Travis Watkins and
made an unfettered transit to home plate when Cannizaro banged his walk-off
single to left field.
ECU came back from a 4-2 deficit with a pair of scores
in the 7th to set the stage for extra innings. Watkins, whose one-out walk
got the rally going, raced to third on Bryan Bass's double and came home on
Jack Reinheimer's groundout. Drew Reynolds then singled up the middle to
drive Bass home.
Tulane closer Kyle McKenzie (2-1) hurled 4 2/3
scoreless innings to pick up the win.
ECU reliever Brett Mabry (1-2) absorbed the loss
despite giving up only one run on four hits over 5 1/3 innings. The one
score, however, was the one that decided the outcome. Mabry took over for
starter David Lucroy to start the 7th with the game knotted at 4-4.
Reynolds led the Pirates offensively with 4 hits in 6
at bats with a run scored and an RBI.
Cannizaro was among four players with two hits for the
During the course of the contest, errors were charged
against ECU third baseman Zach Houchins, outfielder Dylan Brown and Mabry.
Tulane committed no miscues.
The teams will settle the series on Sunday at noon.