Feb. 20, 2004
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Sophomore Billy Mohl tied a career high with 11 strikeouts, and junior first baseman Greg Dini went 3-for-4 with a double and a home run, as the Tulane University baseball team .defeated the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, 8-1, Friday evening at Turchin Stadium.
The Green Wave bats pounded out a season-best 14 hits, including six doubles and pair of homers, to mark the third time in four games that Tulane tallied double-digit hit totals in 2004. Mohl, meanwhile, kept the Retrievers off balance throughout his six innings on the mound, giving up just one run and scattering five hits while walking none.
With the win, Tulane improves to 3-1 on the young season. UMBC, which played its first game of the year on Friday night, falls to 0-1.
It took a while for the Green Wave offense to get going as Retrivers' starter Zach Clark made Tulane strand four runners over the first two innings, but junior left fielder Wes Swackhamer put Tulane on the board in the third with an RBI single past first base to score junior third baseman Joe Holland, who led off the frame with a double.
Dini sparked a fourth-inning, two out rally with a single up the middle, and freshman second baseman Philip Stringer pushed the lead to 3-0 with a towering two-run homer to left central.
UMBC cut the lead to two courtesy of a two-out round-tripper by nine-hole hitter Mike Scheffel, but from there, it was all Green Wave as Tulane plated a pair of runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, and sophomore right-hander Matt Goebel tossed three scoreless innings to earn the team's first save of 2004.
Goebel pitched himself into a jam in the seventh - his first inning of action - as Isaac Friedel and Chris Cerullo hit back-to-back singles to open the frame, but the eight-game winner of a year ago bounced back to strike out the next three hitters he faced and UMBC never threatened again.
Dini launched a leadoff homer to open the sixth, Holland drew a one-out walk and Hamilton singled one hitter later to put runners on the corners, and reserve left fielder Jason Pyle came through with an RBI-fielder's choice to give the Green Wave a 7-1 lead.
After a scoreless seventh inning, Dini got Tulane going again with a leadoff double to left, was replaced by pinch-runner Matt Mann, and Mann touched the paystation on a sacrifice fly by Hamilton to account for the final score.
Tulane and UMBC will play the second game of the series on Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. and the two clubs will close out the Mardi Gras weekend on Sunday with first pitch slated for 1 p.m. For ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE.