May 18, 2006
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The never-say-die Tulane University baseball team got a pair of runs in the top of the 11th and sophomore reliever Trey Martin threw 3.2 innings scoreless innings of no-hit baseball as the Green Wave won their ninth consecutive game with an 8-6 come-from-behind victory Thursday evening at Young Memorial Stadium.
The Green Wave trailed 6-5 going into the ninth inning, but Tulane tied the game with a run in the top of the ninth. Following a scoreless 10th, the Green Wave got a sacrifice fly to center by redshirt-freshman right fielder Warren McFadden and a two-out, single off the bat of sophomore second baseman Brad Emaus to plate a little insurance.
With the win, Tulane pushed its winning streak to a season-best nine games as the Green Wave improved to 38-16 overall and 14-8 in C-USA action. UAB, meanwhile, falls to 18-35 on the year and 5-16 in league play.
Emaus, who went 3-for-5 on the day with three RBI, extended his hitting streak to 11 games and led a 10-hit Green Wave attack. Joining Emaus in the multiple-hit club were senior left fielder Matt Riser and junior designated hitter Tim Guidry, who had two hits apiece.
Down a run going into the final stanza of regulation, Riser drew a leadoff walk in the ninth, stole second and went to third on a single by sophomore shortstop Cat Everett. McFadden hit into a 4-6-3 double play, but Riser was able to score from 90 feet away to tie the score.
Following a scoreless 10th, Riser fell behind 0-2 to start the frame, but flicked an outside offering from Drew Murray to left which fell about a foot inside the left field line for a double. Everett bunted him to third and McFadden lifted a sacrifice fly to center to give the Green Wave its first lead since the seventh inning. Junior first baseman Mark Hamilton drew his Tulane single-game record-tying fourth walk of the ballgame in the ensuing at-bat, senior centerfielder Nathan Southard followed with a walk of his own, and Emaus came through with a clutch RBI-single up the middle to account for the final score.
After the Green Wave plated a pair in the top of the 11th, junior reliever Daniel Latham struck out all three batters he faced in the home half of the frame to post his 14th save of the year.
Tulane led 4-0 after five and a half innings as Riser hit a one-out triple in the third and scored on a groundout by Everett before Emaus hit an RBI-single and Guidry plated a pair with a two-run single up the middle two innings later.
UAB, however, tied the game with four runs in the bottom of the fifth as the Blazers posted three hits - a triple by left fielder Steven Turner, a double by centerfielder Levi Patmon and a single by third baseman Ryne Lovdahl - and took advantage of a Green Wave error.
Tulane reclaimed the lead in the top of the seventh as Blazers reliever Jacob Legg walked the bases loaded with one-out and Southard hit into a run-scoring fielder's choice to make it a 5-4 ballgame. The Blazers, however, were able to take advantage of a pair of one-out walks issued by Green Wave starter Sean Morgan in the bottom of the frame, an following Gutierrez' intentional walk, Patmon lifted a sacrifice fly to right to tie the game.
Martin threw one in the dirt with catcher Danny Sawyer at the plate, and catcher Max Kwan tried to throw out Gutierrez going to second on the bounce. Guitierrez reached second safely, and the throw down allowed Turner to score from third to give UAB a 6-5 advantage and set up the late-inning heroics.
Murray (2-6), the fourth pitcher used by the Blazers in the game, was saddled with the loss after giving up a pair of runs on two hits while walking three and striking out two in 3.0 innings of work.
Tulane and UAB continue the series on Friday at 7 p.m. and close out the regular season on Saturday with first pitch slated for 1 p.m. Following the series against the Blazers, the Green Wave open play in the Conference USA Tournament at 9 a.m. against the league's yet-to-be-determined sixth seeded squad at Rice's Reckling Stadium in Houston, Texas.