April 4, 2009
HOUSTON- The Owls picked up where they left off Friday night as they put up 12 runs on 17 hits as they downed the Green Wave club 12-7 Saturday afternoon at Reckling Park.
Tulane started swinging it early, with Sam Honeck getting the two-out base hit through the right side, followed by Jeremy Schaffer going back up the box with the pitch from Owls' starter Taylor Wall. Seth Henry followed with the base on balls, but men left on base would come back to haunt the Green Wave, as they couldn't get anyone across the dish in the opening frame, leaving them loaded to end the inning.
Matt Petiton went to work on the hill for Tulane, relinquishing a leadoff walk to Brock Holt but coming back to retire the next three Owls in order to get Tulane back in the dugout. The Wave was retired in order and went back out on defense, where Diego Seastrunk led off with a single up the middle. Daniel Gonzales-Luna doubled to left and with runners at second and third, Chad Mozingo popped up to Josh Prince at shortstop for the first out of the inning, bringing up Steven Sultzbaugh. Petiton offered and Sultzbaugh hit a popup off the fist to Prince, who logged the second out of the inning. Michael Fuda got the infield hit to score both runners, who were moving on the swing, and the Owls jumped ahead 2-0. With the top of the Owls order coming up, Fuda was on the move and was quickly caught stealing by Wave catcher Jared Dyer to end the bottom of the second.
The Wave defense was at it again in the bottom of the third, as Drew Allain made a sliding catch to rob Jimmy Comerota of a base hit but with one out and a runner on first, Rick Hague drew the walk to bring up Anthony Rendon, who punched a base hit into left-center field, scoring Holt and moving Hague to third. Seastrunk executed the squeeze play, getting the bunt down and forcing Tulane to get the out at first while surrendering the run when Hague crossed the pay station. With two outs, Gonzales-Luna got a base hit knock into left field to score Rendon and before the inning was through, the Owls had extended their lead 5-0.
Tulane got on the board in the fifth after Allain laced a double down the right field line. Scott Powell drew the one-out walk and Honeck got a hold of the Wall pitch and took it down the right field line to plate both Allain and Powell, closing the deficit 5-2 in favor of the Owls.
But Rice answered right back, putting up a pair in return in the bottom of the frame when Rendon went yard with a runner on base, ending the afternoon for Petiton. Ryan Doiron came out of the bullpen for Tulane and recorded the next two outs to get Tulane a chance to start their offense but the Green Wave couldn't capitalize on a Nick Boullosa two-out knock.
Tulane started working again in the top of the seventh when Allain opened up the frame with his second double of the afternoon. Prince followed with a base hit to left-center and advanced to second on the throw to home, which got Allain out at the plate. A ground ball out later, Honeck stepped in and drew a walk but men left on base again failed to translate to runs, as a called third strike ended the inning, stranding Prince and Honeck.
Rendon did some more damage in the bottom of the seventh with a solo shot to extend the Rice lead and the Owls tacked on three more when pinch-hitter Craig Manuel got the two- RBI knock, followed by another two-RBI single off the bat of Holt. After seven full, the Owls led 12-2.
The Green Wave showed some signs of life when Henry led off the eighth with a double off the right field wall. Dyer added to the Tulane run column, taking a pitch from reliever Abe Gonzales over the right field wall on a 3-1 count. With Tulane still down 12-4, Allain picked up his third hit of the afternoon but Allain was left stranded to end the top half of the inning.
Powell opened up the top of the ninth with a base hit through the right side and advanced to second on Honeck's ground ball to the right side. Down to their last out, Henry stepped in and picked up a base hit on a sharply hit ball that ricocheted off Gonzales' glove as the Wave added another run when Powell scored on the play. A pitching change for the Owls brought Zack Harwood into the contest and he was promptly greeted by Dyer, who took the second pitch of the at bat over the left field wall for his second home run of the day and bringing Tulane within five, 12-7 but that was still enough as the Owls held on to win by the same final.Tulane will play the final game of the series Sunday at 1PM at Reckling Park.