NEW ORLEANS, La. – Redshirt-junior Sean Townsley
“I have really liked the way that we have played in our last three games,” head coach Craig Cozart
Townsley turned in his best start of the season, pitching eight innings of two-hit baseball to improve to 2-0 on the season. The left hander allowed just one earned run while striking out five Tulane batters.
Tulane’s only run of the game came in the bottom of the second inning on a groundout to third by Tim Yandel which put the Green Wave in front, 1-0.
The Panthers came right back with two runs in the next half inning to take a 2-1 lead on back-to-back sacrifice flies by senior Devin Bujnovsky
High Point added a run to its lead in the top of the fourth inning on an RBI single by graduate student Adam Barry
Bujnovsky picked up his second RBI of the game in the next inning with a single up the middle to put the Panthers ahead, 4-1. Medina led off the inning with an infield single to short and moved to third on a two-base error by the pitcher on a pick-off attempt before scoring on the Bujnovsky single.
Tulane threatened in the bottom of the ninth inning, loading the bases and scoring a run on four-straight walks by HPU relievers. Redshirt-junior Malcolm Clapsaddle
Medina went 3-5 in the game with two runs scored for HPU. Bujnovsky went 1-3 with two RBI and Barry finished 2-4 with one RBI. Spano finished the game 0-3 with an RBI, ending his 13-game hitting streak.
Tulane’s Alex Byo took the loss for the Green Wave in a complete-game effort. Byo pitched nine innings and allowed four runs, one earned on eight hits and a walk. The right hander struck out four HPU batters in the game.
The win by the Panthers improves their record of 7-8 on the season. Tulane drops back to .500 at 8-8 with the loss.
High Point and Tulane will meet for the rubber match of the three-game series on Sunday, March 10, at 1 p.m. CST. Senior Jared Avidon