March 5, 2006
METAIRIE, La. - Cat Everett and Mark Hamilton combined for seven hits and sophomore reliever Trey Martin threw 4.0 scoreless innings as the Tulane University baseball team clinched a series victory over Manhattan College with a 5-3 win Sunday afternoon at Zephyr Field.
For the second consecutive day, Tulane trailed 3-1 after five and half innings, but the Green Wave offense came around late to plate four runs over the final three innings, including a pair in the eighth to account for the final score. With the win, Tulane improves to 10-4 on the year. Manhattan, meanwhile, falls to 1-2.
"Runs have been tough for us to come by lately," Tulane head coach Rick Jones said. The good news is that for three straight games we pitched very well and played good defense. We won a pair of close games this weekend and lost a close one on Friday. I'm confident we will come around offensively, but right now, it's been a little bit of a struggle."
Everett was 4-for-4 with a walk, and Hamilton went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBI. The game, however, belonged to Martin who gave up just a pair of singles during his time on the mound, walking two and striking out three to pick up his second win of 2006. Junior reliever Daniel Latham came on in the ninth and posted his third save of the year with a three-up, three-down frame.
"Trey Martin has been very good for us, and today was another example of the job he can do," Jones said. "He's got a good fastball, mixes in some solid offspeed stuff, and throws a lot of strikes. He only had one bad pitch, a hanger he left up in the fifth, but he got better as the game went on."
Tulane pitchers limited the Jaspers to just two hits on the day, but Manhattan was able to take advantage of four walks, two hit batsmen and a balk by Green Wave starter Stephen Porlier to claim a 3-1 lead.
The game did not remain tied for long, though, as Jaspers' third baseman Ryan Martin reached on an error to open the fifth and second baseman Matt Nevins followed with a walk to chase Porlier from the game. Following a sacrifice bunt by centerfielder Eric Nieto, Masters scored on a passed ball and left fielder Mike Garcia ripped an RBI-single to left center to give Manhattan a two-run advantage.
Tulane made it a one-run game in the sixth on Hamilton's second RBI-double down the right field line, and the Green Wave tied the ballgame one inning later on an infield single by redshirt-freshman right fielder Warren McFadden, which brought home Everett from third.
Martin retired the side in order in the top of the eighth, and with runners at first and second in the bottom of the frame, senior centerfielder Nathan Southard hammered an RBI-double to the wall in left to break the tie. Following an intentional walk to Everett, sophomore second baseman Brad Emaus lifted a sacrifice fly to deep left to give the Green Wave a little insurance.
Manhattan starter Jesse Darcy gave the Jaspers a solid seven innings on the hill, allowing three runs on nine hits while walking four and striking out four. Josh Santerre (0-1), who came on to start the eighth, was saddled with the loss after giving up three runs on two hits and a walk in his lone inning on the mound.
The Green Wave return to action on Tuesday, March 7, when they travel to Baton Rouge to take on arch-rival LSU at 6:30 p.m. at Alex Box Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on the flagship station of Tulane baseball, WRBH 88.3 fm, and will also be televised live on Cox Sports Network. In addition, live stats will once again be provided free of charge on the internet via GameTracker at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.
Tickets are still available to the game in Baton Rouge through the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office, which is currently located in the lobby of Fogelman Arena. For more information, contact the ticket office at (504) 247-1240.