Jags roll past Wave behind Walters

South Alabama's P.J. Walters was on as he has been much of the season, and his USA team beat Tulane 7-1 to advance to the winner's bracket of the Oxford Regional. Tulane now plays at 1 p.m. Saturday, while South Alabama plays at 5 p.m. Saturday.

P.J. Walters had already beaten Tulane once this season. The South Alabama ace reared back and did it again in game one of the 2006 Oxford Regional.

"Another well-pitched game by P.J. Walters," said USA head coach Steve Kittrell, whose team improved to 39-19. "He's done it for us his whole career. He stepped up again and pitched a great game against a good Tulane ballclub. Their pitcher, Sean Morgan, is a great competitor and we were fortunate to get a couple of hits at the right time and scratch out a couple of runs."

"Tip your hat to Walters," said Tulane head coach Rick Jones, whose second-seeded Green Wave fell 7-1 to the the third-seeded Jaguars. "That's twice he's beaten us. That's the second time it's happened the same way. He had really good command both times."

Walters, a junior RHP, went nine innings, allowing one earned run on four hits with six strikeouts and three walks. USA outhit TU 12 to 4.

Jones, whose Green Wave fell to 41-20, was also impressed with his starter, Sean Morgan.

"I thought Sean pitched equally as well," Jones said. "South Alabama is going to beat you the way they always do. They'll manufacture some things. They had some infield hits. They ran the bases aggressively. We just couldn't get a ball to fall for us. It was just one of those days. We hit too many at 'em."

"It was a big win for us," Kittrell said. "It's always good to win that first game. There was so much excitement and intensity (Monday) after we got the bid that I felt like we would play well."

Tulane plays the loser of Ole Miss-Bethune-Cookman at 1 p.m. Saturday. South Alabama awaits the winner of that one at 5 p.m. Saturday.

The win was South Alabama's first in NCAA Tournament play since 2003. The attendance for game one of the 2006 Oxford Regional was announced at 4,623.

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