May 31, 2008
Tulane 4, Bucknell 1
2008 NCAA Tallahassee Regional
Dick Howser Stadium
Today's NCAA Tallahassee Regional game vs. Bucknell marks the first meeting between the two teams on the diamond.
With the win, Tulane advances to the NCAA Regional Championship Game. Tulane has now advances to the Regional Finals for the seventh time in school history after previously advancing in 1986 in Baton Rouge, 1999 in Auburn (Ala.), 2001 in New Orleans, 2004 in Oxford (Miss.) and 2005 in New Orleans, 2006 in Oxford.
Sophomore shortstop Josh Prince continued his hot hitting in the NCAA Regional, going 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored on Saturday against Bucknell. For the tournament, he is hitting .714 (5-for-7) with a pair of doubles and four runs scored and a stolen base.
The three hits given up to Bucknell on Saturday marked the fewest allowed by Tulane in NCAA Regional play and tied the fewest hits allowed by a Green Wave team in NCAA postseason action. Prior to tonight's ballgame, the fewest hits Tulane had allowed in Regional play came when then-sophomore J.R. Crowel held Western Kentucky (June 5, 2004) to four hits in a complete-game effort that the Wave won 7-0 in day two of the 2004 NCAA Oxford Regional. Tulane's postseason opponent hit record was originally set in the 2005 NCAA New Orleans Super Regional when Micah Owings tossed a complete-game, three-hit shutout against Rice (Jun 12, 2005) in a 7-0 Tulane victory.
With the win, Tulane now has at least two victories in NCAA Regional play in its last four trips to the postseason. The last time the Green Wave played in a Regional and failed to at least two games came during the 2003 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional when Tulane opened the event with an 8-3 win over UNC-Wilmington before falling to host LSU (13-5) and to the Seahawks (9-8).
By winning Saturday's semifinal game against Bucknell, Tulane is now 2-0 in NCAA Regional play for the fourth time in school history. In each of the previous three times the Wave accomplished that feat (2001 New Orleans, 2004 Oxford, 2005 New Orleans), Tulane went on to win its very next game and advance to the Super Regionals.
Saturday's 4-1 win over Bucknell evens Tulane's all-time NCAA Regional record to 29-29, including a 22-16 mark under head coach Rick Jones.
Junior centerfielder Anthony Scelfo's two-run triple in the fourth gives him seven three-baggers in 2008. That total currently stands tied for third in Tulane single-season history with Dan Wagner (1984). He trails second-placed Thomas Mortan (nine in 1991) by a pair and top ranked Brad Burckel (10 in 1994) by three.
Rob Segedin's two-RBI single in the third snapped a 16 inning scoreless streak for Bucknell pitching dating back to the third inning of the Bison's 8-3 win over Columbia on May 25.
Segedin's two RBI on the day gives him 58 for the season, which is the most by a Tulane freshman since 2001 when Michael Aubrey had 69 during the Green Wave's drive to the College World Series.
With a leadoff single in the second inning of Saturday's ballgame, junior catcher Jared Dyer extended his hitting streak to a season-best seven games. Other players extending their hitting streaks on Saturday are Josh Prince (four), Anthony Scelfo (four), Aja Barto (three) and Scott Powell (three). Seth Henry, meanwhile, saw his streak of consecutive games with at least one hit come to an end at seven.
By holding Bucknell to three hits on Saturday, Tulane snapped the Bison's streak of double-digit hit ballgames at six. The last time Bucknell failed to get 10-plus hits was on May 11 when Army held the Bison to six. Bucknell's three hits is the second-fewest by the team in 2008, one more than the two hits the Bison totaled at Eastern Kentucky on Feb. 24 in their third game of the year.