March 28, 2006
METAIRIE, La. - Junior first baseman Mark Hamilton and redshirt-freshman right fielder Warren McFadden had two hits and four RBI each, and the Green Wave set a school and Conference USA record 19 walks, as the Tulane University baseball team defeated Jackson State, 14-4, Tuesday evening at Zephyr Field.
Hamilton went 2-for-3 with a double and McFadden posted a pair of singles in his only two official at bats, but the story of the game was Jackson State's pitching which added four hit batsmen and three wild pitches. Of the 23 free passes issued by Tiger hurlers, 12 came around to score.
With the win, Tulane claimed its first three-game winning streak since a Feb. 21 win over UNO to improve to 18-9 on the year. Jackson State, meanwhile, fell to 14-9 in 2006. The walks record eclipses the former mark of 17 set by Saint Louis against Eastern Illinois on March 30, 2004.
"We did a good job of taking advantage of their inability to throw strikes," Tulane head coach Rick Jones said. "We mixed in some good at-bats in the middle, pitched well and played good defense. I thought our kids showed good discipline at the plate."
Hamilton and McFadden accounted for two-thirds of the Green Wave's six hits as senior centerfielder Nathan Southard posted a two-RBI double in the second and sophomore pinch-hitter Rustin Rebowe laced a two-out single to right in the eighth. With a pair of hits in Tuesday's win, Hamilton extended his hitting streak to a career-best 14 games.
"(Hamilton) is under control and swinging the bat the way he was late last year (when he was named Most Outstanding Player of the 2005 NCAA New Orleans Regional)," Jones said.
All nine Tulane starters reached base at least twice, and six drove in at least one run. Jackson State out-hit the Green Wave 8-6, but the combination of starter Billy Mohl, freshman Nathan Newman, sophomore Trey Martin and junior Matt Goebel combined for 11 strikeouts while issuing just two walks.
Mohl (3-0) earned the victory after allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits while fanning four and walking one in 5.0 frames. Newman struck out a pair in two solid inning of relief and Martin caught all three batters he faced looking in the eighth. Goebel, meanwhile, allowed a run on one hit in his lone inning of work, but the runner who scored wound up reaching on a strikeout-wild pitch before coming around on an RBI-double by reserve catcher Willie Young.
The Tigers drew first blood as shortstop Joaquin Rodriguez singled with two out and went all the way to third on a failed pick-off attempt before left fielder Anton Shinhoster drove him in with an RBI-single to right in the top of the first inning.
From there, it was all Green Wave as Jackson State walked four of the first six batters to step to the plate in the bottom half of the frame. McFadden ripped a run-scoring single to right in the team's fourth at-bat of the ballgame, and rookie designated hitter Aja Barto drew a bases-loaded walk to give Tulane a 2-1 advantage it would not relinquish.
In the second, Tulane used a hit batsman, a walk and a double steal to put a pair in scoring position, and Southard drove them home with a two-run double to left. An inning later, the Green Wave loaded the bases on a hit batter and two walks before McFadden was hit by a pitch to drive in a run. Hamilton followed with a two-RBI single up the middle to make it an 8-1 affair.
The Tigers plated a pair of runs in the top of the fourth on an RBI-grounder off the bat of first baseman Chris Stamps and a run-scoring single by pinch-hitter Laderek Camper, but Tulane responded in the bottom of the inning as the first three batters walked and senior left fielder drilled a sacrifice fly to the wall in dead center give the Green Wave a seven-run lead.
The Green Wave added a run in the fifth on Hamilton's RBI double down the right-field line, and plated their final runs of the day in the sixth on an RBI-single by McFadden, a fielder's choice grounder by Hamilton, an error and a run-scoring ground ball by sophomore shortstop Cat Everett.
Tulane returns to action on Friday, March 31, when they take on C-USA newcomer Rice at 6:30 p.m. at Zephyr Field in a series that features a rematch of the 2005 NCAA New Orleans Super Regional that saw the Green Wave win two out of three and advance to the College World Series.
For ticket information, contact the Tulane Ticket Office at 504-861-WAVE. 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. The ticket window at Zephyr Field is located on the third base side of the stadium and the gates open approximately two hours before first pitch.