Junior first baseman Mark Hamilton was 4-for-4 with two home runs, a walk and four RBI in Sunday's 9-3 win over Oral Roberts.
March 12, 2006
METAIRIE, La. - Junior first baseman Mark Hamilton went 4-for-4 with two home runs, a walk and four RBI, and freshman designated hitter Anthony Scelfo crushed a three-run homer to cap a four-run first inning as the Tulane University baseball team defeated Oral Roberts, 9-3, Sunday afternoon at Zephyr Field.
Hamilton worked the count full in all four of his at-bats, and made the long stays at the plate pay off with a pair of RBI singles and two solo home runs to right central. He led a 13-hit day for the Green Wave as redshirt-freshman right fielder Warren McFadden was 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI, and rookie third baseman Seth Henry went 3-for-4 with a run driven in while making his first collegiate start.
While the Tulane hitters were swinging a hot stick, junior right-hander Brandon Gomes kept the ORU offense off balance with a good mixture of split-finger fastballs and off-speed pitches to strike out eight in a 7.0-inning start. With the win, Tulane claims the series over the Golden Eagles two games to one to improve to 12-6 on the year. Oral Roberts, meanwhile, falls to 10-5.
"When you're playing hard, you're going to have some good fortune, and today we did," Tulane head coach Rick Jones said. "Hamilton had some great at-bats, Scelfo's home run was a big blow for us, and Seth Henry was a spark for us today. Gomes was really good. He really had good control of his breaking ball, and that's what you've got to do to get these guys."
The Golden Eagles drew first blood in the top of the first when centerfielder Brendan Duffy drew a leadoff walk, went to second when ORU catcher Brian Aguillar was hit by a pitch, and scored on an RBI-single by designated hitter Andy Bouchie.
The lead was short-lived, however, as Hamilton sparked a two-out rally with an RBI-single up the middle four hitters into the bottom of the frame. McFadden followed with a base hit of his own, and Scelfo turned on an 0-1 offering from Golden Eagles' starter Sean Jarrett and sent it onto the levee beyond the wall in right center.
Hamilton made it a 5-1 affair with a leadoff bomb in the third, but Oral Roberts made things interesting in the top of the seventh. Gomes loaded the bases on a walk, a single and a hit batsman, but was able to get out of the frame with only one run scoring as Aguilar hit an RBI grounder to first, and second baseman Jake Kahaulelio struck out.
Hamilton got the run back for Tulane with his second round-tripper of the day to leadoff the bottom of the frame, and McFadden followed with a double down the left field line. McFadden advanced to third on a groundout to second, and Henry brought him home with a sacrifice fly to centerfield.
The Golden Eagles did not back down, though, and scratched across a run in the top of the eighth on a two-out single by first baseman Chad Rothford, but the Green Wave answered the challenge once again in the home half of the inning courtesy of RBI singles by Hamilton and McFadden to account for the final score.
Gomes (2-2), allowed two runs on five hits during his time on the hill, and sophomore Trey Martin gave up one run on a pair of hits while posting a strikeout over the final two frames.
Jarrett (2-1) was saddled with the loss for Oral Roberts after giving up five runs on six hits in two-plus innings, and the Green Wave were able to score on the Golden Eagles bullpen as well with two runs on four hits off of Daniel Greenwalt and a pair of runs on two hits off of Marco Golzales.
"Our achilles heel all year has been what we've done on the mound," Oral Roberts head coach Rob Walton said. "Pitching is about changing speeds and location. Our problem, however, has been changing speeds and location. We left a lot of pitches in the middle of the plate, and when you do that against a good team, they're going to cover it."
Tulane returns to action on Tuesday, March 14, when the Green Wave play host to Nicholls State at 6:30 p.m. at Zephyr Field. For ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at 504-247-1240. The Ticket Office is currently located in the lobby of Fogelman Arena, and is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased on-line at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.