May 24, 2007
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Junior right-hander Sean Morgan struck out six in a 7.0-inning start and the Green Wave offense pounded out 21 hits as the Tulane University baseball team defeated UAB, 13-5, in the 2007 Conference USA Tournament Thursday afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
Six Green Wave players tallied multiple-hit outings, including a career-best four hits by sophomore left fielder Anthony Scelfo and three-hit performances by senior catcher Ty Wallace, junior third baseman Brad Emaus, sophomore second baseman Seth Henry and sophomore catcher Jared Dyer. Tulane's hit total was the third highest of the 2007 season and stands tied for fourth in the 12-year history of the C-USA Tourney.
"We had a good day offensively," Tulane head coach Rick Jones said. "We're a better club then we've shown for quite some time, but today we had some good swings - some good level swings. We used the field, didn't hit a home run, but we hit a lot of line drives, went with the pitches and made some good two-strike adjustments."
Seven of Tulane's 21 hits were doubles, marking the most two-baggers of the year for the Green Wave and the most since a 17-8 win over the Blazers last May 19 at Young Memorial Field. With the win, Tulane improves to 33-25 on the year and advances to play the loser of Thursday's East Carolina/Southern Miss contest on Friday at 5:30 pm (CDT). UAB, meanwhile, concludes its season at 25-33.
While the offense was getting the job done, Morgan carried his end of the deal from the mound. A second-team All C-USA selection in 2007, he improved to 8-4 after allowing four runs on five hits and a pair of walks.
Morgan was perfect through the first two and a third innings hit a bump in the road in the third. Blazers' second baseman Allen Aubin got things going with a one-out double, went to third on a single by right fielder Brint Hardy, and scored on a 6-3 groundout off the bat of designated hitter Levi Patmon to give UAB a 1-0 lead.
The advantage would be short-lived, however, as the Green Wave plated four in the fourth. Wallace tied the game when he scored from second on a throwing error by UAB starter Grant Addison on a sacrifice bunt by reserve right fielder Grayden Griener, Henry put Tulane ahead with an RBI-single through the left side of the infield and junior shortstop Cat Everett capped the frame with a two-run double to right.
The Blazers answered in the home half of the frame with a two-run homer by catcher Danny Sawyer, but Tulane came right back with another four-spot in the fifth to all but put the game away. Leading 4-3, senior first baseman Tim Guidry doubled to open the frame, moved to third on single by Wallace and scored on Emaus' double to left. From there, Wallace scored on a 4-3 grounder by Griener and Emaus came around on a run-scoring double by Henry. Barto's single to right to put runners on the corners, and Dyer dropped down a safety-squeeze bunt to plate Henry from third to make it an 8-3 ballgame.
Tulane stretched the lead in the fifth when Scelfo singled, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on an errant throw by UAB third basemen Ryne Lovdahl, and blew the game open with three more runs in the top of the ninth.
In the final frame, sophomore centerfielder Barto hit a leadoff single and scored from first on a double by Dyer in the ensuing at-bat. One out and a wild pitch later, Scelfo singled to right to plate Dyer, and Wallace accounted for Tulane's final tally with an RBI-double to the gap in right central.
Bond started the bottom of the inning with a walk, stole second and scored on a fielder's choice grounder by shortstop Jonathan Merritt, but the Tulane lead proved too big to overcome.
Addison was handed the loss after giving up six runs (three earned) on 10 hits and two walks while striking out 10 in four-plus innings. Of the five pitchers used by the Blazers on Thursday, four allowed at least two runs.
All of the Green Wave's tournament games will be broadcast on the flagship radio station of Tulane baseball, WRHB 88.3 FM, and the contests can also be heard live on the website at www.TulaneGreenWave.com to paid members of the All-Access Pass. In addition, live stats are available on-line for free via GameTracker. Sunday's championship game will be televised tape delayed on College Sports Television (DirecTV Channel 610, DISH Network Channel 152) and first pitch of the game is slated for 1 pm (CDT).