Sophomore right-hander Sean Morgan posted a career-high 11 strikeouts through six innings in Tulane's 12-0 win over Penn State on Saturday.
Feb. 18, 2006
METAIRIE, La. - Sophomore right hander Sean Morgan posted a career-high 11 strikeouts and the Green Wave offense pounded out a season-best 15 hits as the Tulane University baseball team defeated Penn State, 12-0, Saturday afternoon at Zephyr Field.
The weather was cold and breezy, but Morgan was red-hot all day as the native of Sugar Land, Texas, gave up just four singles and walked only one in a 6.0-inning start. He got plenty of help from his offense, which scored in six of the eight innings Tulane drew an at-bat, and the trio of Cat Everett, Warren McFadden and Jonny Weiss had three hits apiece.
"He had really good stuff," Tulane head coach Rick Jones said of Morgan. "He was more consistent in the strike zone today than he was the first time, and hopefully he'll be even more consistent the next time he pitches. If he's consistent in the strike zone, his stuff is too good for him not to be good most days."
With the win, Tulane runs its winning streak to five games to improve to 5-1 on the year. Penn State, meanwhile, falls to 0-2. The Green Wave and Nittany Lions close out the weekend with the final game of the series on Sunday with first pitch slated for noon.
"I felt really good today," Morgan said," and with the way our defense has played the last few days, that gives you a lot of confidence as a pitcher. I felt I made some good pitches, but I have to really credit Penn State. They were swinging the bat and didn't roll over. I've also got to give a lot of credit to my defense."
Morgan, who walked a pair and had four wild pitches last week vs. Texas Tech, worked ahead in the count most of the day. Of his 11 punchouts on the day, 10 were of the swinging variety.
"Coach (Chad) Sutter and I worked on relaxing and getting that first pitch over," Morgan said. "After that first strike, it gets things going in your favor. That next pitch might not be a strike, but you can get them to swing the bat."
While Morgan was on top of his game, the young Green Wave offense came into its own as well. The Green Wave took advantage of a wild Mark Wagner in the first as the Penn State starter walked four in the opening stanza, including two with bases loaded.
One inning later, Everett posted his first RBI out the day with a single through the right side of the infield to plate senior centerfielder Nathan Southard and give Tulane a 3-0 lead. Following a scoreless third, sophomore second baseman Brad Emaus sparked a three-run frame with an RBI knock, and two hitters later, Weiss ripped a two-run double to the gap in left center to push the advantage to six.
McFadden, who tied a Tulane single-game record with two triples on the day, opened the fifth with his second three-bagger, and senior outfielder Matt Riser followed with a triple to right central to make it 7-0. Everett posted an RBI single later in the frame to add to the lead.
The Green Wave added three more runs in the sixth on an RBI double by McFadden, and run-scoring single by junior catcher Ty Wallace and a sacrifice fly by Southard, and sophomore pinch hitter Rustin Rebowe closed out the scoring in the eighth when he led off the frame with a single, advanced the bases on a wild pitch and a deep fly ball, and scored on the second wild toss of the inning by Lions' reliever Scott Kelly.
"Mac (Warren McFadden) had another real good day for us, as did Cat Everett and Jonny Weiss," Jones said. "I was a good day overall, and we had some quality at-bats with runners in scoring position after the first inning."
Following Morgan's six shutout innings, the Green Wave got a scoreless frame from redshirt-freshman southpaw Peter Connick, a perfect inning from sophomore right-hander Trey Martin, and a three-up, three-down ninth by senior righy Blake Walker.
Following Sunday's series finale vs. Penn State, the Green Wave return to action on Tuesday, Feb. 21, when Tulane takes on cross-town foe UNO in game one of the WOW Café and Wingery Cup at 6:30 p.m. The game will be played at Zephyr Field, but Tulane will be the visiting club.
For tickets to Sunday's Penn State contest, as well as season ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at 504-247-1240. The on-campus ticket office is currently located in the lobby of Fogelman Arena, and is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The ticket office at Zephyr Field is located on the third base side, and opens two hours before every game for all Tulane home games. Tickets can also be purchased on-line at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.