June 2, 2006
OXFORD, Miss. - Jaguars' starter P.J. Walters struck out six and scattered four hits in a complete-game effort and left fielder Patrick Weaver went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored as the second-seeded Tulane University baseball team dropped a 7-1 decision to third-seeded South Alabama Friday afternoon in the opening game of the 2006 NCAA Oxford Regional at Ole Miss' Swayze Field.
Green Wave freshman third baseman Seth Henry went 2-for-3, but his two hits accounted for half of the Tulane offense as Walter gave up just four singles on the day. The loss snapped a six-game regional winning streak for the Green Wave, who fall to 41-20 on the season.
"It's an interesting game," Tulane head coach Rick Jones said. "First of all, you have to tip your hat to Walters because he did pitch very, very well once again. That's twice he's beaten us in the same season. He had really good command down in the zone.
"I thought Sean Morgan pitched equally as well. He had one bad pitch all day. South Al did what they normally do when they beat you. They manufacture. They had a few infield hits and they ran the bases aggressively. But Sean pitched very well. We couldn't get a ball to fall. When he did hit one well, it was just one of those days where we just hit them right at them."
Tulane will take on the loser of Friday's Ole Miss/Bethune-Cookman matchup on Saturday, June 3, at 1 p.m. South Alabama, which improves to 39-19 with the win, will take on the Rebels/Wildcats winner tomorrow at 5 p.m.
The Green Wave got off to a good start as starter Sean Morgan retired the side in order in the top of the first before sophomore shortstop Cat Everett singled with one out and redshirt-freshman right fielder Warren McFadden followed with a walk to move Everett into scoring position.
As if he were setting the tone for the rest of the day, Walters (11-3) got the next two batters to fly out and sat down the next seven batters in a row before issuing a one-out walk to junior first baseman Mark Hamilton in the fourth.
Two innings later, Davis got things going again with a leadoff walk. Collins followed with his second sacrifice bunt of the day before Morris singled and centerfielder Tyler Jones walked to load the bases with one out. A Weaver single to right made it 2-0 and after a strikeout by third baseman David Freese, Morgan plunked first baseman Jeff Cunningham to make it a 3-0 ballgame.
The Green Wave got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth when junior designated hitter Tim Guidry and Henry hit back-to-back singles to open the frame. Following a sacrifice bunt by junior catcher Ty Wallace, Guidry scored from third on an RBI-groundout by senior left fielder Matt Riser to cut the lead to two.
That would be the only run Walters would allow, though, as the junior right-hander retired the next six batters he faced, pitched his way around a two-out single by Henry in the seventh and a two-out walk to McFadden an inning later before retiring the side in order in the final stanza.
South Alabama stretched the lead in the seventh courtesy of a two-run homer by Freese, and the Jaguars closed out the scoring in the top of the ninth when designated hitter David Doss ripped a two-run, bases-loaded single up the middle off reliever Trey Martin.
Morgan (8-6) was tagged with the loss after allowing five runs on nine hits while striking out four and walking three in 7.0 innings of work. Martin, who came in for Morgan to start the eighth, allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits with a walk and a strikeout over the final two frames.
Walters, meanwhile, posted his fifth complete-game of the 2006 season. He allowed the one run on four hits while striking out six and walking three.