April 11, 2006
METAIRIE, La. - Senior centerfielder Nathan Southard and junior first baseman Mark Hamilton had two hits each, and freshman third baseman Seth Henry ripped a two-out, base-loaded single as part of a six-run sixth inning, as the Tulane University baseball team defeated Nicholls State, 7-4, Tuesday afternoon at Zephyr Field.
Senior right-hander Blake Walker (1-0) came out of the bullpen to earn the win - his first as a member of the Green Wave squad - after allowing just one hit in an inning and a third, and junior righty Daniel Latham tossed the final two frames to pick up his seventh save of the season. With the win, Tulane improves to 21-14 on the year. Nicholls State, meanwhile, falls to 11-25.
"We just kept playing hard and finally got something rolling our way," Tulane head coach Rick Jones said. "We had some good two-out at-bats and Seth really broke it open. Blake was good out of the bullpen, and Latham did his thing in the late innings. It was a hard game, but it was good to win one like this."
The Green Wave trailed 3-0 after five and a half innings, but the Green Wave pounded out five hits and posted a pair of walks to take control of the game in the bottom of the sixth. With two on and two out, the Green Wave posted four two-out hits, all of which drove in at least one run.
Hamilton got things going with an RBI single up the middle to put Tulane on the board, and McFadden followed with a run-scoring single to center cut the lead to one. Sophomore second baseman Brad Emaus walked to load the bases, and Henry turned on an 0-1 offering from Colonel reliever David Burch and ripped it into left field for a two-RBI single.
The Colonels got a run back in the top of the eighth as first baseman Keith Delahoussaye hit a one-out single, advanced the bases on a walk and single, and scored on a fielder's choice ball off the bat of catcher Matt Tucker to make it 6-4. Tulane got the run back in the home half of the frame, though, as the Green Wave loaded the bases on an error, walk and hit batsman before reserve catcher Max Kwan was plunked to drive in McFadden from third and account for the final score.
Tulane got off to a rocky start in the first inning as sophomore Trey Martin, who was making his first start of the season on Tuesday, walked NSU leadoff man Thomas Bourne on four straight pitches, and Bourne came around to score on an RBI-single by centerfielder Michael Roberts.
The Colonels also scored single runs in the second and fourth innings, courtesy of a pair of run-scoring singles by Tucker, but Walker thwarted a two-on, two-out rally in the sixth and gave up just a single in the seventh before giving way to Latham.
Nicholls State starter Ray Labat (0-2) was saddled with the loss after allowing four runs on five hits and a walk through 5.2 innings. Burch gave up a pair of runs on three hits over the next inning and a third, and the Green Wave got an unearned run off of Aaron George in the eighth.
The Green Wave return to action on Friday, April 14, when they open a three-game Conference USA weekend series vs. league newcomer UCF at 6:30 p.m. at Zephyr Field. For ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at 504-861-WAVE. The Ticket Office has recently returned to its usual location on the first floor of the James W. Wilson, Jr. Center. Tickets can also be purchased on-line at www.TulaneGreenWave.com or www.TicketMaster.com.