OXFORD, Miss. —- Boston College pitching ace Justin Dunn threw some impressive fastball but an even better curve ball, which is making many baseball scouts pleased with delight.
Dunn did not sweat too much Friday afternoon facing the No.15 Tulane University in the opening game of the 2015 NCAA Baseball Tournament at the home of the University of Mississippi’s Swayze Field under the threat of a stormy sky, the Green Wave batters battled all game trying to solve the pitches of Dunn.
Dunn worked seven innings, he struck out 11, walked only one batter and he just gave up two earned runs cruising along as the Eagles defeated Tulane University 7-2, winning the first game of the Oxford Regional.
The Eagles scored two runs in the fourth inning to put the pressure on the Tulane offense.
The game complexion changed in the sixth inning when a ball lifted to right field off of the bat by Eagles’s second baseman Jake Palomaki. As the ball soared through the thick Mississippi air Green Waves’ right fielder Lex Kaplan cruised across the outfield and appeared to have made the catch, as he was transferring the ball from his glove to his hand the ball found its way to the grass.
Second base umpire Greg Street made a call that was not popular with Tulane University baseball coach David Peirce or with the many of the Tulane University baseball fans that traveled to Oxford.
Street’s call turn the out into a two-base error made by Kaplan that paved the way for the Eagles to score and open the path for Boston College.
“I just thought that we did not play a very clean game,” Pierce said. “We gave up a double and then a wild pitch in the third and we were down by two but we are still okay. But then the play in right field ruled a drop cost us two runs. We could have had a chance to tie it up and we scored two but we didn’t get it done.”
Tulane University starting pitcher Emerson Gibbs suffered his fourth loss of the season. He worked seven innings for the Green Waves giving up six hits, striking out five and walking two before Pierce went to the bullpen.
The bats for the Green Waves came alive in the sixth inning and were able to push across two runs.
With runners on second and third, Hunter Williams took a Dunn’s fastball and sent it toward the left center wall for a two-out triple, scoring for the Green Waves shortstop Stephen Alemais and catcher Jake Rogers but that is all that the runs Tulane University could score.
Tulane will get back to action Saturday afternoon against either the University of Utah or the University of Mississippi, Pierce is hoping that his club can play a clean game and be able to play just one more game.
About the Author
Written by Mel Suiter
Graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2002 and have been working as a beat writer for The Ypsilanti Courier covering Eastern Michigan University football and men's basketball during my school career and after graduation.
I like the Mid-American Conference and the rest of the mid-major conferences.