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Tulane uses 5-run 5th to top LSU

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NEW ORLEANS – Tulane baseball took the lead with a five-run seventh inning and senior Christian Colletti slammed the door as the Green Wave toppled No. 11 LSU, 9-6, before a sellout crowd of 5,000 Tuesday evening at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.

Tulane (21-21) swept the season series against the Tigers (27-15) for the second straight year. The Wave has won four in a row against LSU for the first time since 1975-77.

LSU took the lead, 6-4, in the sixth inning on a three-run home run by Greg Deichmann, but the Green Wave tied it in the seventh with RBI hits by sophomore right fielder Grant Witherspoon and senior left fielder Lex Kaplan. Witherspoon accounted for six runs in the game, scoring three and driving in three runs in a 2-for-4 night. Kaplan went 3-for-3 with two RBI doubles and a pair of walks.

Junior center fielder Grant Brown's double gave Tulane the 7-6 lead, then two bases-loaded hit batters made the score 9-6 in the seventh inning.

Colletti collected the final five outs to earn his sixth save of the season. He entered with runners on first and second in the eighth inning, and induced a double play to end the threat, then retired the side in the ninth. Freshman Chase Solesky (3-2) earned the win, while Zack Hess (4-1) took the loss in relief for LSU. Solesky pitched 1.1 scoreless innings, before giving way to Colletti to close it. Junior Sam Bjorngjeld went 5.2 innings and allowed three earned runs in the start.

"We have that attitude of 'never out of it' especially the way we're swinging the bats," Tulane head coach Travis Jewett said. "When you're in those striking ranges, you feel good about it. It was a good response by our guys there. Sammy pitched the heck out of the game. The offense picked us up, and how good does it feel to have Colletti sitting out there at the end with the lead? You know he's going to attack the zone, and I like the look in his eye too."

Tulane scored right off the bat with an RBI single in the first inning by senior designated hitter Jarret DeHart. Witherspoon walked, and scored his first run of the night on the base hit. LSU tied it in the second with a hit batter, two errors and an RBI groundout.

The Green Wave took the lead back with three runs in the bottom of the second when freshman shortstop Sal Gozzo walked, senior third baseman Hunter Hope was hit by a pitch, and Witherspoon delivered a two-run single, followed by the first run-scoring double by Kaplan.

LSU went ahead with a run in the fourth and four runs in the sixth. Beau Jordan hit a solo home run to right field in the fourth to make the score 4-2. Cole Freeman hit an RBI single to put two runners on with two outs, and Deichmann hit a three-run home run that gave LSU a 6-4 lead.

The Green Wave, however, responded with the five-run seventh that played out much like the third inning: Witherspoon hit an RBI single, and Kaplan followed with an RBI double. Senior second baseman Jake Willsey got it started with a leadoff triple, then after Kaplan's hit, DeHart drew a two-out intentional walk and Brown drove a double to right center to give Tulane the lead, 7-6. Gozzo walked to load the bases, then Hope and Willsey were consecutively hit by pitches to plate two more runs and make the score 9-6.

A single and hit batter put two runners on in the LSU eighth, and following a pop out, Colletti came on the face Deichmann, who grounded into a 4-6-3 double play on the first pitch to end the inning.


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