Feb. 26, 2006
METAIRIE, La. - It was a day of highs and lows for the Green Wave as the Tulane University baseball team put the finishing touches on a 9-4 game-two win vs. No. 9 Pepperdine with a scoreless ninth before game three of the weekend series finale, 9-5, Sunday afternoon at Zephyr Field.
Pepperdine took the weekend's opening game, 6-2, and Tulane held a 9-4 lead in yesterday's contest before rain forced the game to be suspended with two on and nobody out in the top of the ninth inning. Junior Daniel Latham allowed one hit in the resumed contest, but retired the next three men he faced to close out the victory.
The finale, however, belonged to Pepperdine as the Waves took an early 5-1 lead after five innings, and broke a 5-all tie with two runs in both the seventh and eighth innings to win the series two games to one. With the loss, Tulane falls to 8-3 on the year. Pepperdine, meanwhile, improves to 8-6.
"I am pleased with our effort, but Pepperdine played very well," Tulane head coach Rick Jones said. "They pitched well, especially out of the bullpen, and did a good job of coming back when we tied the game and took the momentum in the sixth. They're a veteran club and they played like it today."
Junior third baseman Tim Guidry was 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI, but it was not enough to keep up with Pepperdine right fielder Danny Worth. Worth came to the plate five times and posted an RBI each time - four coming on hits and the final on a sacrifice fly.
The Waves scored in the opening stanza in all three games over the weekend - Sunday's run coming courtesy of an RBI-single by Brown - and after a pair of scoreless frames, Pepperdine plated a pair of runs on a Brown leadoff homer, a double by shortstop Danny Worth and a run-scoring single by first baseman Matt Aidem.
Tulane got on the board in the home half of the fourth when senior left fielder Matt Riser sparked a two-out rally with a double before Guidry brought him home with a base hit to left.
The Green Wave went down in order in the bottom of the fifth, but Tulane got things going one inning later when sophomore second baseman Brad Emaus and redshirt-freshman right fielder Warren McFadden singled and doubled, respectively, and Guidry brought the pair home with a two-run single. Sophomore designated hitter Sean Morgan followed with a swinging-bunt single, and a wild throw to first allowed him to move up 90 feet and Guidry to score.
Rookie catcher Max Kwan was hit by a pitch and senior centerfielder Nathan Southard walked to load the bases before Waves backstop Justin Tellam was called for catcher's interference with sophomore shortstop Cat Everett at the plate to tie the game at 5-all.
That would be the final highlight for Tulane, however, as Pepperdine starter Barry Enright (2-1) got the Waves out of the inning without any more damage done, and reliever Brett Hunter tossed bagels over the final three frames to pick up his first save of the year.
While the Pepperdine arms did their job, the Waves offense answered Tulane's four-run sixth with two of its own in the top of the seventh. With one away, Tracy doubled to the gap in left central, and Brown came through again with an RBI-single through the right side of the infield to give Pepperdine the lead for good. A single by Worth and a walk to pinch-hitter Nick Kliebert loaded the bases, and Tellam lifted a sacrifice fly to left to make it a 7-5 affair.
In the eighth, Pepperdine took advantage of a hit batsmen and an errant throw to plate a pair of unearned runs to account for the final score.
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.