Junior catcher Ty Wallace hit a two-run homer in the seventh to give Tulane a 10-8 lead it would not relinquish in Friday's 17-8 victory at UAB.
May 19, 2006
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Redshirt-freshman right-hander Stephen Porlier tossed two and a third scoreless innings of relief and the Green Wave offense plated 10 runs over the final three innings as the Tulane University baseball team posted its second consecutive come-from-behind win of the series with a 17-8 victory over UAB Friday evening at Young Memorial Field.
Tulane trailed 8-7 after six innings, but junior catcher Ty Wallace capped a three-run seventh with a two-run homer, sophomore shortstop Cat Everett sparked a six-run eighth with a leadoff double and junior first baseman Mark Hamilton hammered his 17th homer of the year in the ninth to clinch the series vs. the Blazers.
With the win, Tulane runs its winning streak to a season-best 10 in a row as the Green Wave improve to 39-16 on the year and 15-8 in C-USA action. UAB, meanwhile, falls to 18-36 overall and 5-18 in league play.
Porlier allowed two hits while walking one and striking out another to improve to 7-3 on the year. UAB southpaw Jacob Legg, the third of six pitchers used by the Blazers on Friday night, was saddled with the loss after giving up two runs on two hits in an inning of work to fall to 1-7.
Senior centerfielder Nathan Southard led an 18-hit Tulane attack, going 4-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI and three runs scored. Junior designated hitter Tim Guidry and sophomore second baseman Brad Emaus were next with three hits and three RBI each, while senior left fielder Matt Riser, Hamilton and Wallace had two hits apiece. Rookie third baseman Seth Henry went 1-for-4 with a two run double in the eighth, and tied for the team RBI lead with a sacrifice fly in the fifth.
Tulane jumped to an early lead as Riser led off the game with a double, Everett and Hamilton sandwiched walks around a groundout, and Southard and Emaus roped consecutive one-out doubles to cap a three-run first. Guidry hit a solo homer to right in the second, and the Green Wave took advantage of doubles by Southard and Guidry in the third to make it a 6-0 ballgame.
UAB, however, did not go away quietly as designated hitter Phillip Bell and third baseman Ryne Lovdahl hit back-to-back, one-out RBI singles in the bottom of the third before centerfielder Levi Patmon hit a run-scoring single and catcher Danny Sawyer ripped a two-run base hit through the right side of the infield to cut the lead to one.
The Green Wave pushed the lead back to two in the fifth on Henry's sacrifice fly, but the Blazers took the lead in the sixth when Patmon hit an RBI-single to right and Sawyer hammered a two-run bomb to right central to give UAB a 8-6 advantage.
Tulane went to Porlier following Sawyer's bomb, and after giving up a single to Bell, got Lovdahl to bounce into a 6-4-3 double play to get out of the inning with no more damage done.
The Blazers' lead lasted exactly two batters as Southard doubled to open the seventh and scored on a single to right center by Emaus to tie the game at 8-all. Emaus was caught stealing and Henry popped up to second for the second out of the inning, but Guidry singled off Lovdahl's glove at third and Wallace hammered a 3-2 pitch way over the wall in right to give the Green Wave a 10-8 advantage they would not relinquish.
Porlier hit right fielder J.R. Bond with one out in the seventh but Southard erased the runner at first when he hauled in a fly ball off the bat of shortstop Ryan Metcalf and beat Bond with a throw back to first. Everett posted his first extra-base hit to lead off the eighth, and from there, McFadden walked and Hamilton banged a double off the wall in right to push the lead to three. Southard and Emaus hit back-to-back RBI singles and Henry capped the six-run frame with a two-run double down the left field-line to make it 16-8.
Porlier pitched his way around a single and a walk in the bottom of the eighth, and Hamilton closed out the scoring with a towering solo homer to right with one out in the ninth.
Tulane and UAB close out the regular season on Saturday with first pitch slated for 1 p.m. in the final tuneup for the 2006 Conference USA Tournament at Rice's Reckling Field in Houston, Texas. The Green Wave locked down the No. 3 seed in the postseason tourney following last weekend's series sweep of Southern Miss, and will take on No. 6 seed East Carolina at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 24.