May 13, 2006
METAIRIE, La. - Sophomore second baseman Brad Emaus roped an RBI-double in the bottom of the eight to break a 9-all tie, and sophomore right-hander Trey Martin tossed 4.0 scoreless innings of relief as the Tulane University baseball team clinched the weekend series over Conference USA with a 10-9 victory Saturday afternoon at Zephyr Field.
Martin (5-0) entered the game in the sixth with no outs Southern Miss leading 9-8, but the transfer from Los Angeles, Calif., allowed just a pair of hits and a walk while striking out four to keep the visitors from Hattiesburg, Miss., at bay. The Tulane offense, which had to overcome a 5-0 deficit before drawing an at-bat, tied the game in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI-single to left central by senior centerfielder Nathan Southard.
Following a scoreless seventh, junior first baseman Mark Hamilton and Southard hit back-to-back, one-out singles, and Emaus worked the count full against USM All-American closer Daniel Best and ripped the sixth pitch of the at-bat into the gap in right center to drive in the winning run for the second consecutive day.
"We got a really good relief performance by Trey Martin and we played great defense once again," Tulane head coach Rick Jones said. "Emaus' at-bat was great. He got behind in the count, but really shortened his swing and that was the difference in the ballgame. It gave us the lead for good."
With the win - Tulane's seventh in a row, 14th in its last 15 games and 15th in its last 17 contests - the Green Wave improve to 36-16 overall and 12-8 in league play. Southern Miss, meanwhile, falls to 34-18 on the year and 10-10 in C-USA action.
The game, however, belonged to Martin. After the Golden Eagles took the lead in the top of the sixth, Martin came on with a runner at first, and sandwiched a single by USM third baseman Marc Maddox - who went 4-for-5 with first-inning home run - between a double-play ball and a 4-3 groundout to get out of the inning without any more damage done.
He retired the side in order in the seventh and pitched his way around a two-out walk in the eighth. Maddox led off the ninth with a double to left, but Martin got a soft liner to short, a strikeout and a fielder's choice that saw freshman third baseman Seth Henry tag the would-be tying run moving to third on contact to spark the Green Wave celebration.
"You can't understate what Martin did in the ninth after being out there (so long)," Jones said. "We've been running Daniel (Latham) out there a bunch, but Trey was really throwing well. He gives up a leadoff double, gets a soft liner, a strikeout and then falls behind 3-0 before getting the groundout. He was really big for us today."
Southern Miss jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in the top of the first as Maddox hit a one-out homer to center in the second at-bat of the ballgame, catcher Kevin Coker hit an RBI-single to shallow center and right fielder Jody Blount hammered a two-out, three-run bomb.
The Green Wave plated a pair of unearned runs in the home half of the frame when an infield pop-up dropped with the bases loaded and two away, and Tulane made it a one-run ballgame in the third when Southard crushed a two-run home run to left center. Southern Miss got a run back in the fourth when Blount hit a leadoff double and scored two hitters later on a one-out double by shortstop Brian Dozier, but the Green Wave came right back in the bottom of the inning when Guidry hit a bases-loaded, two-run single down the left-field line to tie the game.
Southern Miss did not back down, however, as Blount singled to open the sixth and scored on triple to right by first baseman Bo Davis. Davis scored from third when Dozier hit into an infield error. From there, Tulane brought in Martin from the bullpen to set up the late-inning heroics.
Tulane and Southern Miss close out the weekend on Sunday, May 16, with first pitch slated for 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast on the flagship station of Tulane baseball, WRBH 88.3 FM, and simulcast on WODT 1280 AM, The Sports Monster. In addition, the games can be heard on the internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com to subscribers of the All-Access Pass, and live stats are provided free via GameTracker. The Zephyr Field Ticket Office, which is located on the third base side of the stadium and opens two hours prior to first pitch.
PREGAME FESTIVITIES: Sunday will be an action packed day at Zephyr Field. Prior to first pitch, Tulane will celebrate senior day by honoring Billy Mohl, Matt Riser, Nathan Southard and Blake Walker, who will be playing their final regular-season home game. In addition, the Jim and Joan LeBreton Most Inspirational Award will be presented and the mothers of the Green Wave players will be on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch as part of a Mother's Day Celebration. Tulane will also celebrate Fan Appreciation Day on Sunday. With the purchase of a Tulane Gameday Program, fans will be eligible fore sereral giveaways, including hats, t-shirts, coupons for ice cream courtesy of Creole Creamery, a party a Bruno's, and a Tulane baseball rug courtesy of Cintas.