Junior first baseman Mark Hamilton was named MVP of the WOW Cafe & Wingery Cup after hitting .583 with a double, two home runs and five RBI in the three-game series vs. UNO.
April 4, 2006
METAIRIE, La. - All nine players in the starting lineup had at least one hit, and senior right-hander Billy Mohl had another solid start, as the Tulane University baseball team completed a three-game sweep of cross-town foe UNO with a 19-5 win over the Privateers in game three of the WOW Café & Wingery Cup Tuesday evening at Zephyr Field.
The Green Wave pounded out a season-best 20 hits, including a 2-for-3 performance by junior first baseman Mark Hamilton who was named series MVP after posting a home run and four RBI in Tuesday's win. For the series, Hamilton hit .583 (7-for-12) with a double, two homers, five RBI and six runs scored.
"We had some good at-bats early, got into their bullpen and did a good job (from there)," Tulane head coach Rick Jones said. "I thought the good thing we did today was once we got the lead, we had good at-bats throughout the ballgame. It was one of those nights. It was good to win a game, and it was certainly good to see us come through offensively."
Fourteen of the 19 Tulane players to draw an at-bat had at least one hit, including two-hit performances by Hamilton, senior centerfielder Nathan Southard, sophomore second baseman Brad Emaus, rookie designated hitter Nate Simon, freshman third baseman Seth Henry and junior catcher Ty Wallace.
With the win, Tulane snapped a three-game losing streak to improve to 19-12 on the year. UNO, meanwhile, dropped its sixth-straight ballgame to fall to 15-16 overall. Tulane's hit total was the most by the Green Wave since game one of last year's NCAA New Orleans Regional when the squad had 21 hits in a 17-7 victory over Southern on June 3, 2005.
Emaus joined Hamilton in the four-RBI club after belting a three-run homer in the fourth and an RBI-double in the sixth. Five of Tulane's hits came off the bench, including a two-RBI double off the bat of redshirt-freshman Marc Robért, who recorded the first plate appearance of his career in a pinch-hit role in the top of the ninth.
Mohl, meanwhile, allowed two runs on a pair of hits in the first, but gave up just one single the rest of his 5.0 innings to improve to 4-0 on the season. The combination of freshmen Jonathan Garrett and Nathan Newman, and junior Daniel Latham allowed just two hits while striking out three over the final three innings.
Tulane got off to a good start in the first when redshirt-freshman right fielder Warren McFadden brought home senior left fielder Matt Riser with a fielder's choice ground ball in the top of the first. UNO answered in the bottom of the frame with a RBI-groundouts by second baseman Johnny Giavotella and first baseman Greg Wolfe to plate left fielder Jason Schwab and right fielder Michael Epping in the home half of the frame to give UNO a 2-1 lead.
The lead was short-lived, however, as Riser's sacrifice fly in the second tied the game, and Southard was plunked by UNO starter Matt Rogers with the bases loaded later in the frame to give the Green Wave a 3-2 lead they would not relinquish.
One inning later, Henry roped a two-run double to left and Wallace followed with a sacrifice fly to center to make it a 6-2 ballgame, and Emaus' homer capped a five-run fourth which gave Tulane a comfortable 11-2 advantage.
Hamilton ripped a three-run bomb to right in the fifth, and the Green Wave scored three more in the sixth courtesy of a groundout by freshman pinch hitter Anthony Scelfo, and RBI single up the middle by sophomore pinch hitter Sean Morgan and an RBI-double to the wall in left by Emaus.
UNO was able to keep the Green Wave off the scoreboard over the next two winnings, but reserve catcher Tim Guidry singled to open the ninth, sophomore shortstop Cat Everett followed with a base hit of his own two hitters later, and Robért ripped a two-run double to left for the games final RBI.
The Privateers used five pitchers in the ballgame, and only one - Adam Campbell - left the game without allowing a run. The Green Wave hung six runs on Rogers (1-2), five (four earned) on Anthony Masson, six (five earned) on Ryan O'Shea, and two on Justin Garcia. Campbell and Garcia tied for the team lead with three strikeouts each. The quartet combined to walk eight and plunk four more Green Wave batters, and two more Tulane hitters reached via error. Of those free passes issued, five came around to score.
The Green Wave return to action on Friday, April 7, when Tulane takes on Conference USA foe Houston at 7 p.m. at Cougar Field. The two teams will play a three-game slate over the weekend, and Tulane's next home game is slated for Tuesday, April 11 with a noon first pitch vs. Nicholls State.
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