CARY, N.C. – The Army West Point baseball team scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to walk off against Tulane, 7-6, here Sunday afternoon.
The Black Knights and Green Wave put together an exciting final few frames as the teams combined for eight of the game’s total 13 runs after the fifth inning.
Army trailed 6-5 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning but never wavered. Jacob Hurtubise earned a one-out walk to get the tying run on board. The junior then did what he does best and stole back-to-back bases to shift himself into a prime position. After the Green Wave recorded the second out of the inning, Hurtubise tied the game by scoring on a wild pitch.
Fortunately for the Black Knights the inning was far from over. Anthony Giachin and Josh White posted consecutive walks before Army scored the game-winning run on a fielding error to complete the comeback.
Jeremiah Adams and Trey Martin led the Army offense with two hits each, while five different Black Knights posted a run batted in.
Cam Opp was credited with the win after pitching the final 3.0 innings allowing two hits and three unearned runs.
Tulane got on the board first with a run in the opening frame. The Green Wave found themselves with runners on second and third with no outs. During the next at bat Grant Mathews flied out to center field, which allowed enough time for the runner at third to tag and score easily.
Burggraaf then got into a little trouble in the third when Tulane loaded the bases with one out. The Green Wave converted on an RBI-ground out for their second run of the contest before scoring another one during the ensuing at bat after a wild pitch.
The Black Knights finally broke through in the bottom half of the third when Martin sparked a one-out rally. The senior doubled down the left field line to place a runner in scoring position.
After the designated visiting team recorded the second out of the inning, Hurtubise singled to bring home Martin for Army’s first run. Drake Titus then followed that up with a single of his own to score Hurtubise and cut the deficit down to one run.
Army pulled even at 3-3 in the sixth when White singled through the right side to score Titus from third. The junior led off the frame reaching on an error before shifting two bases following a sacrifice bunt and stolen base.
That’s when things got interesting. The two teams scored five runs over the next two innings to make it a 6-4 Tulane lead heading into the ninth. Army then sparked its comeback to ultimately secure its fifth win of the year.