Senior centerfielder Nathan Southard went 2-for-5 in Sunday's 2-1 win over Marshall, including the game-winning hit in the bottom of the 10th.
May 7, 2006
METAIRIE, La. - Senior centerfielder Nathan Southard hit a bases-loaded, RBI single in the 10th inning as the Tulane University baseball team completed a weekend sweep of Conference USA foe Marshall with a 2-1 victory Sunday afternoon at Zephyr Field.
The sweep was the third of the year for the Green Wave and marked the first sweep of a C-USA club since taking all three games at Saint Louis last May 13-15. With the win - Tulane's fifth in a row, 12th in its last 13 games and 13th in its last 15 contests - the Green Wave improve to 34-16 overall and 10-8 in league play. Marshall, meanwhile, falls to 20-24 on the year and 6-15 in C-USA action.
With the score knotted at 1-all going into the bottom of the 10th, senior left fielder Matt Riser smoked a leadoff single to right and redshirt-freshman right fielder Warren McFadden followed with a seeing-eye single that bounced out of the glove on a diving attempted by Herd shortstop Aaron Levinson. Junior first baseman Mark Hamilton jumped ahead in the count, 3-0, and after taking a strike, fouled off five offerings before drawing a 10-pitch walk to load the bases.
Respecting Southard's speed, Marshall brought the infield in, but the four-year starter from Luling, La., made the defensive alignment a moot point by lacing a first-pitch curveball into shallow center to spark the Green Wave celebration.
The Green Wave out-hit Marshall, 10-9, including a 3-for-5 showing by McFadden, who extended his hitting streak to a team-best 21 games. His 21-game hitting streak is tied for the second longest in school history - equaling the mark set by Southard last year - and is now six shy of Tookie Spann's 27-game hitting streak during the 1988 season.
Hamilton gave the Green Wave the lead in the fourth with a two-out solo home run to straight-away centerfield. Marshall had a chance to draw first blood in the top of the inning as the Herd had runners on the corners with two out, but Tulane starter Billy Mohl got second baseman Brent Mason to foul out to right to get out of the jam.
With the Green Wave leading 1-0 after six, Marshall had something going in the top of the seventh as first baseman Roddy Stieger doubled to left center and Mason followed with a bunt single to put runners on the corners with nobody out. A sacrifice bunt by right fielder Brit Vincent moved Mason to second, and Mohl issued an intentional walk to centerfielder Adam Ptacek to load the bases and set up a potential double play.
Mohl made a good pitch to Levinson, but Green Wave second baseman Brad Emaus made a better play defensively, taking a short hop toward the middle of the diamond to start a 4-6-3 twin killing.
An inning later, however, the Herd would cash in as third baseman Adam Frederick singled with one out, advanced the bases on a steak and a fly ball to deep center, and scored on an RBI-single off the bat of Stieger to knot the game at 1-all.
Mohl retired the final four batters he faced before giving way to sophomore Trey Martin (4-0) in the extra frame. Martin gave up a leadoff single to Levinson and a sacrifice bunt to left fielder Chris Monaco to move the runner into scoring position. Frederick was intentionally walked, and Martin got Russell to bounce into a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning eventually earn the win.
Marshall starter Jeremy Slone was tagged with the loss after giving up two runs on 10 hits and a walk while striking out four in a career-best 9.1 frames.
The Green Wave return to action on Friday, May 12, when they open a key three-game series against Conference USA rival Southern Miss at noon at Zephyr Field. The two teams will continue the series on Saturday at noon before closing out the weekend on Sunday with first pitch slated for 1 p.m.
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