Senior right-hander Billy Mohl fanned six and allowed just one hit and a walk through seven innings in Tulane's 9-3 win over Penn State on Sunday.
Feb. 19, 2006
METAIRIE, La. - Senior right-hander Billy Mohl struck out six and gave up just one hit and a walk in a 7.0-inning start and sophomores Brad Emaus and Jonny Weiss posted two hits each as the Tulane University baseball team completed a sweep of Penn State with a 9-3 win Sunday afternoon at Zephyr Field.
Mohl had a no-hitter through six and one-third innings, and faced just three more than the minimum during his time on the hill. Emaus was 2-for-3 with a sacrifice fly, a walk and three runs scored, and Weiss went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI to help the Green Wave cause.
With the win, Tulane runs its winning streak to six to improve to 6-1 in 2006. Penn State, meanwhile, falls to 0-3. Mohl is now 2-0 with a perfect ERA through 14.0 innings of work in 2006, and has 11 strikeouts and just one walk while holding opponents to a team-best .149 batting average.
"It's still early, but I feel very comfortable right now with everything," Mohl said. "The first four innings, I was a little wild. I talked with (pitching) Coach (Chad) Sutter between innings, and once I started staying on top, things began working well for me."
Weiss got things going for Tulane in the first with an RBI single to right, and redshirt-freshman right fielder Warren McFadden came through with a clutch two-run double one hitter later to stake the Green Wave to a 3-0 lead. That would be more than Mohl (2-0) would need as the native of Sugar Land, Texas, did not allow a hit until the seventh inning. He got some help from his defense as well, as the Green Wave played flawless baseball for the second time this year.
"Billy was really good again today," Tulane head coach Rick Jones said. "He's been pitching so well for us this year. We got a big hit from Warren McFadden in the first and then did not put much pressure on them for four innings, but we got things going in the sixth. It was good to see Mark Hamilton get a couple of hits, and we had good days again from Brad Emaus and Jonny Weiss."
Penn State starter Craig Clark (0-1) settled down to keep Tulane off the board over the next four innings, but the Green Wave got the offense going in the sixth to plate three runs on four hits. Emaus, Hamilton and Weiss started the frame with consecutive singles - Weiss' bringing home Emaus to make it 4-0 - and junior third baseman Tim Guidry laced a one-out single up the middle to plate two more.
Tulane added another run in the seventh on an RBI-double by Hamilton, and plated some insurance in the eighth on sacrifice fly by Emaus.
The Green Wave got a scoreless eight from junior right-hander Matt Goebel - who missed all of the 2005 season after undergoing elbow surgery early in the year, but Penn State avoided the shutout with a three-run homer by left fielder Lance Thompson in the top of the ninth. Green Wave closer Daniel Latham shook off the round tripper to retire the next three he faced - two by strikeout - to clinch the Tulane sweep.
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. Tulane's next home game will be on Friday, Feb. 24, when the Green Wave open a three-game weekend vs. Pepperdine at 6:30 p.m. at "The Shrine on Airline."
For single-game tickets and 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.