Green Wave Defeats Pepperdine Waves, 4-2

Right-hander Cory Hahn struck out three while giving up just one earned run on four hits and a walk, and junior first baseman Greg Dini went 2-for-4 with an RBI, to lead the Tulane University baseball team to a 4-2 win and a series victory over visiting Pepperdine Sunday afternoon at Turchin Stadi

Right-hander Cory Hahn struck out three while giving up just one earned run on four hits and a walk, and junior first baseman Greg Dini went 2-for-4 with an RBI, to lead the Tulane University baseball team to a 4-2 win and a series victory over visiting Pepperdine Sunday afternoon at Turchin Stadium.

The Green Wave trailed 2-1 after six and a half innings, but the home team would score two in the seventh to take the lead and added an insurance run in the eighth to win its second straight over the Waves. Sophomore Matt Goebel replaced Hahn in the eighth and gave up just one walk in the inning, and senior closer Joey Charron retired the side in order in the ninth to earn his first save of the 2004 season.

With the victory, Tulane improves to 10-3 on the year. Pepperdine, meanwhile, falls to 5-9. Hahn (3-0) was dominant early on, retiring the side in order in five of the first six innings and giving up just one hit in the third. The offense, meanwhile, had chances to give Hahn some run support, but Pepperdine starter Brandon Boesch was able to pitch out of some tight spots throughout his 6.0 innings of work.

Tulane finally cracked the scoring column in the sixth when junior centerfielder Matt Barket singled to open the frame, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by senior catcher Brian Bormaster, and scored one at-bat later on an RBI-single through the left side of the infield by Dini to put the Green Wave ahead 1-0.

Pepperdine came right back in the top of the seventh as centerfielder Luke Salas ripped a leadoff double to left, shortstop Patrick Rooney reached on an error, and first baseman Brent Lewis stroked an RBI-double to left to tie the score. It appeared as if Hahn would get out of the inning without any more damage as he retired the next two batters he faced via groundout and strikeout, respectively, before loading the bases on a walk to third baseman Brent Haapanen.

From there, left fielder Taylor Klosowski ripped a drive that a diving Philip Stringer was able to knock down, but the Green Wave second baseman's throw to first was not on line. The base hit allowed Rooney to score and make it 2-1 in favor of the Waves, but Dini gunned down Lewis at the plate trying to score from second for the final out of the stanza.

Pepperdine's advantage would not last long as Tulane was able to capitalize on a pair of Wave errors in the home half of the inning to take the lead for good. Junior infielder Joe Holland led off the frame with a single, and junior leftfielder Wes Swackhamer followed with a walk to set up a sacrifice situation for clean-up hitter Brian Bogusevic. The Tulane right fielder got the ball down on a well-placed bunt, and the Green Wave were able to tied the score on the play as relief pitcher Paul Coleman's (2-1) throw to first sailed to the fence and the home team wound up with runners at second and third with nobody out.

Barket was robbed of a potential two-run single as Pepperdine second baseman David Uribes made a one-armed stab on a line drive for the first out of the inning, but Bormaster got the go ahead-run home on a sacrifice fly to left that plated Swackhamer from third.

Following Goebel's scoreless eighth, pinch-hitter Scott Madden ripped a single to left to open the bottom of the inning and was replaced by pinch-runner Nathan Southard. Southard was able to advance the bases on a sacrifice bunt by third baseman Tim Guidry and a single by junior shortstop Tommy Manzella before scoring on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Holland to account for the Green Wave's final run.

The Green Wave returns to action on Tuesday, March 9 when they play host to cross-town foe UNO in game two of the Popeyes Cup at 6:30 p.m. at Turchin Stadium. Tulane dropped the opening game of the series against the Privateers, 4-1, back on Feb. 17 at Maeastri Field, and will look for a win to set up a rubber match in the final game of the series which is slated for April 13 at Zephyr Field.

For tickets to Tuesday's Tulane/UNO contest or for season ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE.

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