Feb. 12, 2006
HOUSTON, Texas - Green Wave senior right-hander Billy Mohl waited his whole life for this moment, and in a scheduled start against the University of Texas, proved to be more than up to the task as the Tulane University baseball team defeated the defending national champion Longhorns, 4-2, Sunday afternoon in the final day of the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park.
A native of Sugar Land, Texas, and a 2002 graduate of Dulles High, Mohl struck out five, scattered five walks and did not allow a walk or an earned run in seven-plus innings to pick up his first win of the season. Junior closer Daniel Latham came on in the seventh with two on and nobody out and pitched the Green Wave out of the jam to earn his first save of 2006.
"I've been waiting a long time for this one, and it was everything I hoped for," Mohl said. "It was great. My defense played well behind me and it was just a great feeling to get a win today."
With the win, Tulane improves to 2-1 on the year and claimed its first win over the Longhorns since a 1-0 victory in 1910. Texas, which entered the season ranked preseason No. 1, falls to 3-4 in 2006.
"Billy had a great day and with the exception of a few breakdowns in the eighth, we played very well," Tulane head coach Rick Jones said. "Billy has pitched in a lot of big games for us, and that is what you want to see from a veteran on the mound. Texas is a veteran club, and they're preseason No. 1 for a reason."
Tulane drew first blood in the second when sophomore third baseman Jonny Weiss drew a leadoff walk, advanced the bases on a single and a hit batsmen and scored on a sacrifice fly by rookie left fielder Nate Simon.
It was a similar script in the fourth as rookie right fielder Warren McFadden drew a base on balls to open the frame, stole second and went to third on a single by freshman catcher Max Kwan. In the ensuing at-bat, Simon posted his second RBI of the day with a deep fly ball to center to make it a 2-0 affair.
Texas made things interesting in the top of the eighth as third baseman Preston Clark and Brett Lewis opened the frame with a double and single, respectively, to chase Mohl from the game. Latham got pinch-hitter Bradley Suttle to bounce into a fielder's choice to cut down Clark at the plate, and struck out leadoff man Nick Peoples for what would have been the second out of the inning.
Peoples, however, reached on a passed ball and allowed Lewis to score, and centerfielder Drew Stubbs plated Suttle with an RBI fielder's choice to make it a 4-2 ballgame. Latham got Chance Wheeless to fly out to left to end the inning, and retired the side in order in the ninth to spark the Tulane celebration.
The Green Wave return to action on Tuesday, Feb. 14, when they open the home portion of its schedule against 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.