Alabama prevents Tulane sweep

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Tulane’s baseball team led twice against Alabama, but the Crimson Tide used a six-run sixth inning to spark a 12-6 win Sunday at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

Tulane (6-6) was attempting to sweep the Crimson Tide (8-3) for the Green Wave’s first three-game weekend sweep of a nonconference opponent on the road since 1983.

“Today was the exact opposite of how we won the first two games,” Tulane coach Rick Jones said. “The first two games, we pitched really, really well, played well defensivel,y and we had some timely hits. Today, our pitching was just subpar, and we made two errors.”

Tulane used five pitchers, with starter Kyle McKenzie allowing two earned runs and walking four in 3.1 innings. Green Wave pitchers walked 11 in the game

The Greenies took the lead in the top of the first when Brennan Middleton, Tim Yandel and Brandon Boudreaux hit back-to-back-to-back singles to open the contest against Crimson Tide starter Spencer Turnbull. Middleton scored on Andrew Garner’s fielder’s choice before Turnbull struck out Sean Potkay and Garrett Cannizaro to get out of the inning.

The Crimson Tide took the lead in the bottom of the fourth after chasing McKenzie, who allowed a single to Ben Moore to start the inning. Moore advanced to second on a wild pitch, McKenzie walked catcher Brett Booth, and Moore reached third on a passed ball.

With runners at the corners, Kenny Roberts reached on a fielder’s choice and tied the game when Moore scored on a throwing error that advanced Booth to third.

Austen Smith, who went 2-for-4, singled to score Booth and advance Roberts to third. Kyle Overstreet’s sacrifice fly scored Roberts before McKenzie allowed a single to Andrew Miller and walking Ryan Blanchard.

After Brady Wilson took over, he struck out leadoff man Georgie Salem before walking Mikey White with the bases loaded to score Smith for final run of the inning.

The Green Wave countered with a four-run fifth highlighted by Cannizaro’s double, which scored Potkay and Garner, allowing Tulane to retake the lead, 5-4.

The Crimson Tide put six on the Greenies in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead for good. With two outs, Wilson walked Salem, and White doubled to left field.

From there, freshman Emerson Gibbs replaced Wilson. On Gibbs’s second pitch, Moore hit a ground-rule double to score Salem and White. Gibbs walked Booth and Roberts before he allowed a two-RBI single to Smith.

Gibbs was pulled for Randy LeBlanc, who made his season debut. Overstreet singled into the outfield, but the ball got past the Tulane defender, allowing two more runs to come in, before LeBlanc struck out Miller to end the inning.

Tulane added one more run, in the eighth on Bowen Woodson’s first home run of the season, but Alabama countered with two in the bottom half the inning as Tucker Oakley hit three straight batters before balking in a run.

Ray Castillo (2-0) got the win, allowing one hit, one earned run and six strikeouts in 4.1 innings.

Wilson (1-1) took the loss, allowing two earned runs, two hits, three walks and striking out three in 2.1 innings.