Feb. 25, 2006
METAIRIE, La. - The Tulane University baseball team was just three outs away from tying its weekend series vs. No. 9 Pepperdine, but Mother Nature had other ideas as rain caused a suspension of play in the top of the ninth inning.
The contest will continue on Sunday at noon with the Green Wave holding a 9-4 lead. Pepperdine will hit in the top of the ninth with two on and nobody out. Game three of the weekend series will begin approximately 45 minutes after the conclusion of Saturday's suspended contest.
Tickets for Saturday's ballgame will be honored for admittance to the continuation of the 9-4 contest from 10 a.m. until noon, but fans wishing to be on hand for the series finale must have a ticket to the Feb. 26 ballgame.
One day after dropping a 5-2 decision to the Waves, Tulane fell behind 1-0 early as Pepperdine got a two-out rally in the first on a double by catcher Chad Tracy and an RBI-single by right fielder Donald Brown. The Green Wave answered in the bottom of the second on a sacrifice fly by junior third baseman Tim Guidry, but the Waves went back on top in the third when Tracy ripped a one-out triple to right central before Brown drove him home with another run-scoring single.
Rain caused a 24-minute delay in the middle of the third, but following the break, Tulane took its first lead of the day courtesy of back-to-back hits by senior centerfielder Nathan Southard and sophomore shortstop Cat Everett to lead off the inning, followed by a sacrifice fly by sophomore second baseman Brad Emaus and an RBI-single by junior first baseman Mark Hamilton to give the Green Wave a 3-2 lead.
The advantage did not last long, though, as Pepperdine plated a pair of runs in the fifth on an RBI-double off the bat of shortstop Danny Worth and a run-scoring single by designated hitter Michael Battie, but Tulane came right back in the home half of the inning on an RBI-double by redshirt-freshman right fielder Warren McFadden and a run-scoring single by Guirdy to make it 5-4.
Sophomore right-hander Sean Morgan is in line for the win after giving up four runs on nine hits in a six-inning start, and redshirt-freshman Jonathan Garret tossed perfect seventh and eighth innings.
In the top of the ninth, however, Garret struck out centerfielder Luke Salas, but Salas reached on a wild pitch. From there, Tracy was hit by a pitch and home plate umpire Ray Miller called the game.
Following Sunday's ballgames, the Green Wave return to action on Friday, March 3, when they open a three-game slate vs. Manhattan College at 6:30 p.m. at Zephyr Field. For 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.