Junior infielder Joe Holland went 4-for-5 with a double and a two-run homer in Wednesday's 12-9 win over USC.
March 17, 2004
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Junior infielder Joe Holland and junior right fielder Matt Barket both went 4-for-5, and the Green Wave pounded out a season-best eight doubles, as the Tulane University baseball team won a slugfest over visiting Southern Cal, 12-9, Wednesday evening at Turchin Stadium.
The Green Wave jumped out to a 7-2 lead after two innings, but the Trojans chipped away at the advantage and eventually tied the score at 8-all in the top of the sixth. Tulane answered with a trio of runs in the home half of the frame, and the combination of freshman Chris Worster and sophomore Ryan Martin gave up just one run on four hits over the final three innings to even the two-game series at one game each.
With the victory, Tulane snaps a three-game losing streak and improves to 13-6 on the season. The win also gives the Green Wave little momentum heading into the Conference USA opener this weekend at East Carolina. USC, meanwhile, falls to 8-11.
Holland posted a double and a two-run homer among his four safeties, and Barket recorded a pair of twin-sackers and an RBI. Sophomore centerfielder Nathan Southard, meanwhile, went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and a home run from the leadoff spot.
USC would draw first blood, scoring a pair of runs off starter Brian Bogusevic in the top of the first, but Southard led off the home half of the frame with a double, Holland homered in the ensuing at-bat, and junior first baseman Greg Dini ripped a bases-loaded, three-run double later in the stanza to put the Green Wave ahead 5-2.
The lead would grow to five an inning later courtesy of a leadoff bomb by Southard and a misplayed base-hit to right that allowed Holland to score all the way from second with two away.
The Trojans, however, refused to go away with a single run in the fourth on an RBI-single by right fielder Cyle Hankerd, and plated three in the fifth on a two run bomb by designated hitter Joey Metropoulos and a run-scoring single by Hankerd to cut the lead to 7-6. Tulane pushed the lead to two in the bottom of the fifth when sophomore pinch hitter Jason Pyle lifted a sacrifice fly to deep center, but USC third baseman Michael Moon hammered a two-run homer in the top of the sixth to tie things up at 8-8.
The Green Wave would respond, however, as Holland hit a leadoff double before Barket, junior left fielder Wes Swackhamer and Dini hit a pair of two-out doubles and a single, respectively, to put the home team back on top 11-8.
Worster came on for Bogusevic to start the seventh and threw a scoreless frame, the Green Wave plated an unearned run in the bottom of the inning, and the rookie reliever gave up a leadoff walk to reserve second baseman Dale Legaspi in the eighth. From there, the Martin came out of the pen, got Moon to bounce into a finely-turned 3-6-3 double play and got out of the inning on a flyout to left off the bat of Metropoulos.
The Trojans cut the lead to three when catcher Jeff Clement scored on an RBI-fielder's choice by first baseman Jon Brewster, and USC brought the tying run to the plate in the form of Legaspi, but Martin got him to ground out harmlessly to second and the Green Wave celebration was on.
Bogusevic (2-2) got the win for Tulane after giving up eight runs on 12 hits while walking one and striking out four in a 6.0-inning start. Andy Guy (0-1), the third of five pitchers used by USC, was nailed with the loss following a five-hit, four-run (three earned) outing in 1.2-innings of relief.
The Green Wave return to action on Friday, March 19 when they open a three-game series against Conference USA foe East Carolina in Greenville, N.C. The games will be broadcast live on the flagship station Tulane baseball, WRBH 88.3 FM, as well as the internet at www.tulanegreenwave.com.