Tulane and Southeast Louisiana baseball teams rekindle rivalry Lions dominated recently | Tulane

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If the Tulane baseball team is going to reverse its recent history of tough results against Southeast Louisiana, Tuesday night at Hammond would be a good time to start.

The Green Wave (6-1), who have lost eight of their last nine to the Lions since 2016, are coming off an impressive series win at 2021 regional host Louisiana Tech and will have veteran graduate transfer Carter Robinson on the mound . Robinson, who spent the previous two seasons at UL, pitched four scoreless innings in Tulane’s win at Nicholls State last Wednesday, striking out six and allowing just two hits.

“When you have an experienced guy on the mound, it helps,” Tulane coach Travis Jewett said. “They (the Lions) are a really good team and kind of got our number. They’re a creative offense and they like to engage their running game, and he does a good job with that. It gives us a good chance, but we have to do it.

Southeastern (3-4), the Southland Conference’s preseason favorite, lost two close games to UAB over the weekend after winning an equally close opener. The Lions will pitch Holy Cross product Lance Lauve, a freshman who allowed two runs in three innings to the Ragin’ Cajuns last Tuesday.

“He has fastball control on both sides of the plate and he has multiple pitches for hitting,” Lions coach Matt Riser said. “He’s a competitor. Throwing him as a freshman at Lafayette last week for the first time in his career is very stressful, but he handled it well.

The Lions should have a lot of conviction based on the history of the series. Tulane’s only victory in its slippage was a wild 15-14 victory at Hammond in 2019, which Southeastern avenged 10-3 two weeks later at Turchin Stadium. The Lions have topped the Wave 96-51 in their last nine games.

“We didn’t get the start we wanted, but it continues to present great opportunities for us to get some quality wins,” Riser said. “Tulane is on the start they want, so they’re going to come in extremely confident. It’s about our kids getting back on the pitch to compete and trying to go 1-0 (Tuesday night). »

Tulane snapped a four-game losing streak over the past two years against Louisiana Tech in emphatic fashion, sweeping two seven-inning games Sunday by the composite score of 17-6 after falling 6-1 on Friday. Trailing 1-0 in the fifth inning of the opener in doubles, the Wave got a two-out single from Ethan Groff and took the lead on Trevor Minder’s two-run homer at left. Tulane nailed two more runs in the seventh inning after getting two quick outs and opened the endgame with an eight-run outburst that also came after the first two batters were out.

“We have a saying, ‘two out, so what?'” Jewett said. “The round is not over. It’s the next guy’s job to find first base and pass the baton to the next man. If that is going to be a DNA characteristic of this club in the future, that will be fine. We’re going to force people to try and finish the innings.

Jewett liked what he saw in Ruston, but he knows the Wave still has a lot of work ahead of it.

“What will be important is to take those good feelings and stick them to our shores, but at the same time the humble and the hungry must remain,” he said. “Baseball is a long season.”

Lagniappe

Groff was named American Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Monday, hitting .417 with six runs scored, four RBIs and three extra hits in four games. … Both teams are at the start of huge weeks. Tulane hosts Texas Southern on Wednesday before entertaining defending national championship Mississippi State in a weekend series. Southeastern hosts Louisiana Tech on Wednesday before playing Arkansas this weekend.

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