Freshman designated hitter Anthony Scelfo went 3-for-3 with a walk and two RBI in Sunday's 7-2 win over South Alabama.
March 19, 2006
MOBILE, Ala. - Freshman designated hitter Anthony Scelfo went 3-for-3 with a walk and two RBI, and redshirt-freshman right-hander Stephen Porlier overcame a shaky start to pitch 6.0 strong innings as the Tulane University baseball team defeated South Alabama, 7-2, Sunday afternoon at Eddie Stanky Field.
The Green Wave pounded out a series-high 11 hits on the day, half of which came with two outs to account for three RBI. Scelfo was joined in the multiple-hit club by sophomore second baseman Brad Emaus, who went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI.
With the win, Tulane claims its third consecutive weekend series to improve to 14-8 on the year. South Alabama, meanwhile, falls to 15-8.
The Jaguars jumped on Porlier early as centerfielder Tyler Jones was hit by a pitch to lead off the bottom the first and later scored on a sacrifice fly by third baseman David Freese. First baseman Jeff Cunningham sparked a two-out rally with a single and stole second base before shortstop Guillermo Martinez laced an RBI-single to center to give South Alabama a 2-0.
The Green Wave answered in the top of the second, though, as junior first baseman Mark Hamilton led off the frame with a single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore shortstop Cat Everett, and scored on a two-out base hit by Scelfo. Rookie third baseman Seth Henry followed with a single of his own, which allowed Scelfo to advance to third, and Scelfo scored on a missed caught-stealing opportunity by the South Alabama defense to tie the game.
Porlier kept the Jaguars off the board after the first, but Tulane kept adding skin to its tally as Scelfo posted an RBI-single in the fourth, Hamilton added an RBI-groundout in the fifth, and the duo of sophomore Sean Morgan and Emaus contributed to a two-run seventh with a pinch-hit RBI single and a two-out, run-scoring double, respectively to make it a 6-2 ballgame.
Jaguars' reliever Chase Christianson pitched a scoreless eighth, but after walking Scelfo to lead off the top of the ninth, Christianson gave up two-out base hits to senior left fielder Matt Riser and Emaus to account for the final score.
Porlier went 6.0 strong innings for the Green Wave, striking out one and scattering four hits to improve to 3-1 on the year. From there, Porlier handed the ball to sophomore reliever Trey Martin, and the right-hander from Los Angeles, Calif., responded by scattering two singles while striking out a pair in two scoreless innings, and junior right hander Daniel Latham posted two strikeouts in a scoreless ninth to close things out.
USA starter Joey Doan (2-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits while striking out three and walking two in 6.1 innings of work.
The Green Wave return to action on Tuesday, March 21, when they play host to cross-town foe UNO in game two of the WOW Café & Wingery Cup at 6:30 p.m. at Zephyr Field. For ticket information to Saturday's ballgame and future Green Wave Athletics events, contact the Tulane 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.