Wave wins with five runs in 8th

Thanks to an eighth inning that saw the Gree Wave score five runs, second-seeded Tulane advanced in the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional with an 8-3 victory over third-seeded North Carolina-Wilmington.

The Wave advance to a winner's bracket game Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. against top-seeded LSU.

Tulane and UNC-Wilmington were tied at 3 heading into the eighth inning when the Wave exploded for five runs on six hits. Designated hitter Wes Swackhamer provided a three-run home run.

"We played a tough team tonight and were able to come out with the victory," Tulane coach Rick Jones said. "The only bad thing was we had to go a little deeper into our bullpen then we wanted."

Tulane had to use three pitchers against the Seahawks, including closer Joey Charron. Charron pitched three innings to pick up the victory against UNC-Wilmington, but Jones said he will be available to go tomorrow against LSU.

"He threw a little bit more than we wanted him to throw," Jones said. "But there a lot of days when he does this and comes back the next day and he's better because he has a better feel."

Charron has been a Tiger killer throughout his career. The left-handed junior from Tallahassee, Fla., has a 0.86 ERA in 21 innings over seven appearances against the Tigers. LSU has hit .194 against Charron.

Jones looks forward to another match up against the Tigers.

"We know what to expect," Jones said. "There a great team and we're a pretty good team. Our fans will be ready and I'm sure their fans will be ready, too. I'm excited about tomorrow."

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