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HOUSTON — Tulane held on for a 6-5 baseball win over East Carolina on Friday, effectively ending the Pirates' chances of winning the Conference USA Tournament at Rice's Reckling Park.

ECU (30-26) had runners at first and third with two out in the top of the ninth when Green Wave freshman Ian Gibaut got Ben Fultz to pop out to second to close the game.

The contest was not without controversy. Drew Reynolds came home from third with the bases loaded to score the apparent tying run in the top of the seventh as a fly to right by Fultz was tracked down by Tulane right fielder Tim Yandel on a diving catch. The Green Wave appealed that Reynolds had left third too soon and plate umpire Darrin Sealey signaled an out to end the frame for the Pirates.

Yandel would not have had a play on Reynolds. C-USA television coverage did not have the sequence on tape to confirm the call.

The lower-seeded Green Wave was designated the home team, according to tournament regulations.

ECU had already plated two runs to pull within 5-4 in the seventh. Luke Lowery led off the inning with a triple to right and scored on a double to left by Chris Gosik. The Wave retired Gosik as he tried to get to third on a grounder to short by Bryan Bass. Reynolds doubled before Zach Houchins brought home Bass with a base hit on a high chopper to third. Chase McDonald's single to right loaded the bases before the play that culminated with the appeal.

Other than the baserunning episodes in the seventh, the Pirates hindered their cause by hitting five Tulane batters and uncorking a pair of wild pitches.

"There were some things that transpired in the course of that game that we could have controlled," said ECU coach Billy Godwin. "Some of those we didn’t really do a very good job of that. I want to congratulate Tulane, they played well. It’s unfortunate. I told the team after the game, this time of year, if you’re fortunate to get into a tournament like this and you’re playing well at the end of the year. I just prayed that they played well and we haven’t played well in two days.”

The third-seeded Pirates dropped their tournament opener to Houston, 9-4, on Thursday.

Tulane's Alex Byo (6-4) went eight and one-third innings. He allowed 12 hits and five runs before Gibaut came on for his 12th save.

ECU took a 2-1 lead in the third inning as a run scored on a fielder's choice by Houchins and Fultz had an RBI single.

Tulane (29-28) came back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning and was able to stay in front the rest of the way.

ECU redshirt freshman David Lucroy (4-2) absorbed the loss, working two and one-third innings Brett Mabry provided five and one-third innings in relief. Reynolds recorded a strikeout to end the eighth in his 27th appearance of the season.

Lowery led the Pirates offensively with three hits. Getting two hits each for ECU were Bass, Reynolds, Houchins and McDonald.

The Pirates play Southern Miss at 8 on Saturday night.

“We talk about character and pride in our program all the time with our players, and that’s what we’re playing for right now," Godwin said. "We’re going to get a chance to show what we’re about, and I’m fully in on what they’re about. We're going to get a chance to play for pride."

 

BOX SCORE #56

CONFERENCE USA TOURNAMENT

TULANE 6, EAST CAROLINA 5

 • ECU SID GAME STORY
 • TU SID GAME STORY


Date: Friday, May 24, 2013
Venue: Reckling Park, Houston, TX
Attendance: 3,250.
Records: ECU 30-26; TU 29-28.
 
EAST CAROLINA           AB  R  H BI
Bass, Bryan 2b.......... 5  3  2  0
Reynolds, Drew dh/p..... 4  0  2  0
Houchins, Zach 3b....... 4  1  2  3
Clark, Philip pr........ 0  0  0  0
McDonald, Chase 1b...... 4  0  2  0
Brooks, Garrett pr...... 0  0  0  0
Fultz, Ben cf........... 5  0  1  1
Reinheimer, Jack ss..... 4  0  1  0
Cannon, Jay rf.......... 4  0  0  0
Lowery, Luke c.......... 4  1  3  0
Gosik, Chris lf......... 4  0  1  1
Lucroy, David p......... 0  0  0  0
Mabry, Brett p.......... 0  0  0  0
TOTALS..................38  5 14  5
TULANE                  AB  R  H BI
Richard Carthon lf...... 4  0  2  0
Brennan Middleton ss.... 5  0  1  0
Brandon Boudreaux cf.... 3  2  2  0
Garrett Cannizaro 3b.... 3  1  1  0
Andrew Garner dh........ 1  1  0  1
Sean Potkay 1b.......... 4  0  1  2
Tim Yandel rf........... 4  0  0  0
Bowen Woodson 2b........ 4  1  2  1
Cameron Burns c......... 2  1  0  1
Alex Byo p.............. 0  0  0  0
Ian Gibaut p............ 0  0  0  0
TOTALS..................30  6  9  5
 
SCORE BY INNINGS....... 1 2 3  4 5 6  7 8 9 -  R  H  E
EAST CAROLINA.......... 0 0 2  0 0 0  2 0 1 -  5 14  3
TULANE................. 0 1 2  1 1 0  0 1 X -  6  9  0

E - Bass(10); Cannon(4); Lowery(3).
DP - TU 1.
LOB - ECU 9; TU 8.
2B - Reynolds(13); Gosik(4); Middleton(8); G. Cannizaro(14).
3B - Lowery(2); Woodson(1).
HBP - Houchins; Carthon; B. Boudreaux; G. Cannizaro; Garner 2.
SF - Garner(3); Burns(1).
SB - Houchins 2(3); B. Boudreaux(8); G. Cannizaro(3).
CS - Reynolds(1); Carthon(9); Potkay(2).

ECU PITCHING          IP  H  R ER BB SO
Lucroy, David....... 2.1  4  3  3  0  3
Mabry, Brett........ 5.1  5  3  2  1  4
Reynolds, Drew...... 0.1  0  0  0  0  1
 
TU PITCHING           IP  H  R ER BB SO
Alex Byo............ 8.1 12  5  5  2  1
Ian Gibaut.......... 0.2  2  0  0  0  0

Win - Pruitt (10-5).
Loss - Hoffman (6-7).
Save - None.
WP - Hoffman(9); Hughes(3).
HBP - by Hughes (Campbell).
PB - Watkins, T.(13).

Win - Byo (6-4).
Loss - Lucroy (4-2).
Save - Gibaut (12).
WP - Lucroy 2(12).
HBP - by Byo (Houchins); by Lucroy (Garner); by Lucroy (Carthon);
      by Lucroy (G. Cannizaro); by Mabry (B. Boudreaux); by Mabry (Garner).

Umpires - HP: Marc Lewis; 1B: Darin Stiers;
          2B: Jeff Doy 3B: Darrin Sealey.
Start: 12:02 PM; Time: 2:38.
Attendance: 3,250.
Weather: Partly cloudy, humid, 84 degrees.

Page updated: 05/25/2013 04:58 PM.
 

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