May 2, 2006
METAIRIE, La. - Junior closer Daniel Latham set the Green Wave's career saves record and junior designated hitter Tim Guidry had three doubles and a trio of RBI as the Tulane University baseball team defeated McNeese State, 11-8, in the final midweek contest of the 2006 season Tuesday evening at Zephyr Field.
The Green Wave trailed 8-7 after seven and a half innings, but tied the ballgame in the bottom of the eighth on an RBI-double off the bat of sophomore second baseman Brad Emaus. With two out and a runner at second base later in the stanza, the Cowboys let a can-of-corn pop up fall just to the left of the pitchers mound, and the Green Wave used the extra out to score three unearned runs to complete the comeback.
Latham came on in the ninth, and after giving up one-out single to first baseman Tyler Dugas, got a game-ending, 543 double-play ball off of designated hitter Joe Hulett to seal the victory. Latham now has 10 saves on the year and 29 for his career. He broke the former school record of 28 set by Joey Charron from 2001-04, and is now just one save back of USF's Joey Livingston's Conference USA mark of 30 (2001-04).
With the victory, Tulane's ninth in the last 10 games and 11 of its last 13 contests, the Green Wave improve to 31-16 on the year. McNeese State, meanwhile, saw its five-game winning streak come to an end as the Cowboys fall to 27-16.
The Green Wave came out to a rolling start, scoring three runs in each of the first two innings to claim a 6-0 lead. Tulane starter Stephen Porlier allowed just one hit over the first four innings, but the Cowboys scored a pair of runs on three hits in the fifth, and another three in the sixth off of him as centerfielder Charlie Kingrey and Hulett sandwiched home runs around a single by Dugas to cut the lead to one.
The Green Wave reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the sixth when Emaus was hit by a pitch to open the stanza and Guidry ripped a one-out double off the wall in left. The Cowboys, however, made the lead a short-lived one as catcher Jeremy Broussard sparked a two-out rally in the seventh with a single, and left fielder James Thibodaux - who started the game in right - hammered a two-run homer to straight-away centerfield to give McNeese State an 8-7 advantage and set up the dramatic home half of the inning.
Reliever Nick Buck, who took the mound with two out in the seventh, struck out the first man he faced in the seventh, but junior first baseman Mark Hamilton followed with a single to right. Senior centerfielder Nathan Southard hit a pop-up to short in the ensuing at-bat that Landry could not glove it cleanly, but Landry got the force-out at second base.
With Emaus at the plate, Southard stole his 23rd base of the year, and the second sacker from Senoia, Ga., ripped a double to left to tie the game at 8-all. Freshman third baseman Seth Henry hit what appeared to be an inning ending popup about 10 feet to the left of the pitchers mound. Cowboys third baseman Bryan Cartie waved off his defensive mates, but the ball dropped harmlessly to the ground and Emaus scored from 180 feet away to give Tulane a 9-8 advantage.
From there, Guidry ripped his third double of the day to left to make it a two-run ballgame, and freshman catcher Max Kwan - who came off the bench to assume backstop duties in the top of the seventh - came through with a clutch RBI-single through the left side of the infield to account for the final score.
Sophomore right-hander Trey Martin (3-0) earned the win with two solid innings out of the bullpen. After giving up Thibodeaux's two-run homer in the top of the seventh, he gave up just a walk over the next inning and a third and got a pair of double-play balls during his time on the hill. Buck (1-2) was saddled with the loss after giving up four runs (one earned) on three hits in an inning and a third of work.
The Green Wave return to action on Friday, May 5, when they open a three-game series against Conference USA newcomer Marshall at 6:30 p.m. at Zephyr Field. The two teams continue the series on Saturday at 2 p.m., and close out the weekend on Sunday with first pitch slated for 1 p.m.
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.