Sophomore second baseman Brad Emaus hit a solo home run in the eighth to give Tulane the lead for good in a 6-4 come-from-behind win over Texas Tech.
Feb. 11, 2006
HOUSTON, Texas - Sophomore reliever Trey Martin tossed 4.0 scoreless innings of relief and the duo of Brad Emaus and Cat Everett combined for four RBI in the final three innings as the Tulane University baseball team rallied to defeat Texas Tech, 6-4, Saturday afternoon in day two of the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park.
The win was especially sweet for the Green Wave as Tulane not only claimed its first win of the 2006 season, but also game 13th-year head coach Rick Jones the 800 victory of his career. In addition, the victory came against the team that served as gracious hosts to the team last semester as the Tulane baseball and women's basketball teams called Texas Tech home in fall 2005.
"We lost a tough one yesterday, and we've got such a young club so this will go a long way to helping our confidence," Jones said. "Trey Martin threw a lot of strikes with his fastball and slider, and both were good. He got into a good rhythm, and that relaxed the hitters."
Tulane trailed 4-1 after five innings, and following a scoreless sixth, the Green Wave scored three in the seventh to tie it up. Senior centerfielder Nathan Southard opened the frame with a leadoff double and sophomore third baseman Jonny Weiss walked two hitters later. From there, rookie right fielder Warren McFadden slapped an RBI single to right central, advanced to second on the throw, and Everett followed with a two-run single through the right side of the infield to knot the contest at 4-all.
Emaus gave Tulane the lead for good when he led off the seventh with a solo bomb that clanked off the left field foul poll, and Everett gave the Green Wave an insurance run in the top of the ninth with an RBI-knock to center to account for the final score.
"I thought we had some good at-bats late in the game today," Jones said. "Everett tied it up and Emaus showed what kind of hitter he was with that home run."
Martin (1-0), a transfer from Georgetown University came on for starter Sean Morgan to start the sixth. He scattered five singles over the final four frames to record the first win of his Green Wave career. He struck out three and did not allow a walk.
Tulane scored the first run of the ballgame in the opening stanza as freshman left fielder Nate Simon - who went 3-for-5 on the day - ripped a leadoff single and later scored on an RBI-single off the bat of sophomore first baseman Mark Hamilton.
Texas Tech, however, answered in the home half of the inning when third baseman Joey Callender ripped a leadoff double, advance to third on a wild pitch and scored on a throwing error. The score remained that way through four and a half, but designated hitter Tyler Reeves hammered a three-run homer to left to put the Red Raiders ahead 4-1 and set up Tulane's late-inning heroics.
Tulane returns to action on Sunday, Feb. 12, when the Green Wave close out play in the Houston College Classic on vs. defending national champion Texas at 2:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on the radio on the flagship station of Green Wave baseball, WRBH 88.3 FM, and it can also be heard on the internet via the All-Access Pass at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.
Following the weekend at Minute Maid Park, Tulane opens the home portion of its schedule on Tuesday, Feb. 14, when the Green Wave play host to McNeese State at 6:30 p.m. at Zephyr Field. For season ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at 504-247-1240. The Ticket Office is currently located in the lobby of Fogelman Arena, and is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased on-line at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.