Sophomore centerfielder Nate Simon went 2-for-4 with a double and a home run in Sunday's 4-1 win over Wright State.
March 4, 2007
METAIRIE, La. - Junior shortstop Cat Everett and sophomore centerfielder Nate Simon combined for four hits and sophomore right-hander Shooter Hunt struck out eight in a 7.0-inning start as the Tulane University baseball team completed a sweep of Wright State with a 4-1 win Sunday afternoon at Zephyr Field.
Hunt (3-1) gave up an unearned run after hitting a pair of batters in the first inning, but settled down to allow just five hits and one walk on the day. Simon, who hit .417 for the weekend, went 2-for-4 with a double and a home run while Everett went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
"To be honest, I didn't feel all that great," Hunt said of his time on the mound. "I knew our pen got cut into Friday and Saturday, so I knew I had to gut it out. You don't always have your best stuff, and that's what you need to do on most days."
With the win, Tulane's fifth in a row, the Green Wave improved to 9-4 on the season. Wright State, which won its series 2-1 last weekend at Ole Miss, fell 2-4.
After Hunt gave up the run in the first inning, only one Wright State base runner reached as far as third base. Hunt allowed two-out singles in the second and third innings, pitched his way around a leadoff double in the fourth, and faced just one more than the minimum over the sixth and seventh innings. The lone Raiders' player to get as close as 90 feet away from scoring was leadoff hitter Ross Oeder, who started the fifth with a single and advance the bases on a sacrifice bunt and a 6-3 groundout only to be stranded at third.
Freshman right-hander Drew Zizina punctuated a scoreless eighth inning with a strikeout and senior closer Daniel Latham picked up his fourth save of the season after hanging a goose-egg in the ninth.
Wright State took advantage of a pair of hit batsmen and a double steal to put runners at second and third with only one out in the first, and Oeder scored on a passed ball to give the Raiders a 1-0 advantage.
The lead would be short-lived as sophomore left fielder Anthony Scelfo was plunked to lead off the bottom of the first, went to third on Everett's first single of the day and scored on a fielder's choice ground ball off the bat of sophomore right fielder Warren McFadden.
Following a scoreless second, sophomore third baseman Seth Henry got things going for the Wave in the third with a leadoff single and scored two hitters later on Everett's RBI single through the right side of the infield. Henry pushed the lead to 3-1 in the fifth when he drew a leadoff walk and scored on a McFadden sacrifice fly, and Simon accounted for the final score with a two-out homer to right in the sixth.
"I thought we really got a good performance from Shooter," Tulane head coach Rick Jones said. "Zizinia gave us a good eighth and Daniel was good again in the ninth. I thought we played the way we have to - play well defensively and play small ball. Simon had a good day at the plate and gave us a little cushion there with the home run."
Wright State shortstop Justin Parker was the lone Raider to post a multiple-hit day, going 2-for-4 with a double. Starter Kyle Kearcher was tagged with the loss after allowing all four runs on six hits and a pair of walks in 6.0 innings. Jason Bennion and Nate Stevens combined to keep Tulane off the board over the final two frames.
"They're a great club," said Wright State head coach Rob Cooper, who served as a Green Wave assistant from 1997-98. "They made pitches when they needed to make pitches and we came up short. I'm proud of our guys. I thought we gave it a good effort. I don't really feel like we beat ourselves. I feel like the better team won."
The Green Wave return to action on Tuesday, March 6, when they take on McNeese State at 6:30 p.m. at Zephyr Field. The contest against the Cowboys is one of five games Tulane home games over the next seven days as the Green Wave will play host to UNC-Asheville on Wednesday and take on Loyola-Marymount over the weekend.
For ticket information for this weekend's games, as well as future Green Wave athletic events, please contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at 504-861-WAVE. The Zephyr Field Ticket Office is located on the third-base side of stadium and will open approximately two hours before first pitch for each Tulane home game.