(ISN) – NEW ORLEANS – Greer Field at Turchin Stadium was rocking on Saturday, as over 70 former Tulane baseball players came out for Alumni Day for a pair of games, including a contest that saw the current Green Wave roster defeat an all-star cast of former players, 14-0.
Players who once donned the Olive and Blue showed up bright and early for an early-morning softball before David Pierce led his current squad into action against former Major Leaguers, All-Americans and All-Conference players from Tulane’s past.
“Today was a great day,” stated Pierce. “The weather was perfect, and we had an opportunity to play against a lot of veterans who played here at Tulane. For me personally, to meet these players from the past was really exciting. Our goal was to play it like a game, as a tune up for the season.”
Tulane scored early and often, as they posted runs in every inning except the bottom of the second while combining for 13 hits. Lex Kaplan, Hunter Hope, Grant Brown and Tim Yandel posted two hits each, while Richard Carthon went 3-for-3. Many of the hits went for extra bases, as Carthon doubled, Yandel doubled and tripled, Hope doubled twice and Brown doubled and hit a home run during the contest. Garrett Deschamp and Jake Willsey also recorded base hits on the day.
Stephen Alemais and Hunter Williams did some damage at the plate, as they both recorded sacrifice flies.
On the mound, Tulane used five pitchers to shut out the alumni. Corey Merrill started and struck out three across 2.0 innings and Ian Gibaut struck out six over 2.0 frames while Alex Massey, Eric Steel and Dan Rankin combined for 5.0 innings.
The Alumni used current Miami Marlins pitcher Preston Claiborne to start, and he allowed two runs on three hits in just 1.2 innings before a slew of arms took the mound throughout the remainder of the game. The four hits by the alumni were collected by Greg Dini, Grayden Griener, Scott Madden and Matt Goebel.
On Friday, Feb. 13, Tulane will open up the 2015 season as they take on 2014 NCAA Super Regional participant Pepperdine in Malibu, California. Following that three-game series, as well as a contest in Hammond against Southeastern Louisiana on Feb. 18, Tulane will open the home portion of their schedule against San Francisco on Friday, Feb. 20.