NEW ORLEANS – Tulane baseball defeated Houston, 2-0, in the first game of its doubleheader Sunday afternoon to clinch the series, before the Cougars took the final game, 5-3, at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.
Tulane wins the series over Houston with a doubleheader split on Sunday. The Wave are now just one game back in the conference standings.
— Tulane Baseball (@GreenWaveBSB) April 16, 2018
Sophomore Keagan Gillies (3-4) and graduate senior Ben White combined to pitch a two-hit shutout of Houston in the first game of the doubleheader. That victory gave the Green Wave (16-21, 6-6 American Athletic Conference) its first series win over the Cougars (21-14, 7-5 American) since 2016, after pulling off a thrilling 17-16 comeback victory in the opener Friday night.
In the second game, Houston scored two runs in the top of the ninth to win the series finale. Tulane took a 2-0 lead in the sixth inning, fell behind after Houston scored three in the seventh, and then tied it, 3-3, in the bottom of the seventh.
“We played four games this week and we won three out of four so that’s a good thing,” Tulane head coach Travis Jewett said. “I’d rather be in the situation where we’re disappointed because we lost the opportunity to sweep, which means we won the series. For us to grab that second game was huge so that we could put ourselves in that situation here today.”