Tulane Takes Second Win From St. Louis, 12-3

Freshman right-hander Daniel Latham struck out four in his first career start and the sophomore duo of centerfielder Nathan Southard and right fielder Brian Bogusevic combined for seven hits as the Tulane University baseball team defeated Saint Louis, 12-3, Saturday evening in Conference USA action at Turchin Stadium

Freshman right-hander Daniel Latham struck out four in his first career start and the sophomore duo of centerfielder Nathan Southard and right fielder Brian Bogusevic combined for seven hits as the Tulane University baseball team defeated Saint Louis, 12-3, Saturday evening in Conference USA action at Turchin Stadium.

The Green Wave hammered three home runs on the evening, including two in a five-run second on a solo shot by junior designated hitter Scott Madden and a two-run blast by junior shortstop Tommy Manzella. Latham, meanwhile, shook off to a rough start after allowing the first two batters he faced to reach and score, and faced just five more than the minimum the rest of his seven-inning outing to improve to 4-2.

With the win, Tulane maintains its share of second place in the conference standings while improving to 36-15 overall and 19-7 in C-USA play. Saint Louis, meanwhile, falls to 13-38 on the year and 4-21 in league action.

Southard led Tulane's 17-hit attack with four knocks in five at-bats, and reached on a hit-by-pitch, while Bogusevic went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI. Six of the nine Green Wave batters hit safely in the ballgame, including two-hit performances by Manzella, and juniors Joe Holland, Matt Barket and Greg Dini.

The script was eerily familiar from Friday night's game as Saint Louis jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first when centerfielder Jon Guyre singled and shortstop Pat Steinhoff doubled before second baseman Aaron Thompson drove the pair home with a two-out single up the middle.

Tulane got a run back in the bottom of the first when Southard singled, went to third on a double off the bat of Barket and came around to score on a fielder's choice grounder by senior third baseman Brian Bormaster. Madden tied the score one inning later with a leadoff homer. Then, following a single by Bogusevic in the next at-bat, Manzella gave the Green Wave the lead for good with a two-run shot over the fence in left.

After Manzella's home run, the hits kept coming for Tulane as Southard singled, stole second, and scored on a double by Holland. Barket followed with a walk, and after he stole second, Holland was able to score when Billiken pitcher Kris Weber threw the ball away to make it a 6-2 ballgame.

The Green Wave blew the game open in the third with three runs courtesy of an RBI double by Southard, a sacrifice fly by Holland and a two-out RBI single by Dini to score Madden, Manzella and Southard, respectively.

Tulane padded its lead in the fourth on a two-out solo home run by Bogusevic, but the Billikens refused to go away quietly as third baseman Patrick Valdez hit a leadoff double and scored on an RBI single by shortstop Pat Steinhoff in the top of the fifth.

The Green Wave got the run back in the bottom of the frame courtesy of a double by Holland and an RBI-single by Dini to make it 11-3, and following a trio of scoreless innings, Tulane closed out the scoring in the bottom of the eighth when freshman Mark Hamilton singled, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on a RBI single by Bogusevic.

Sophomore Tyler Kimmons came on in relief of Latham in the eighth and pitched his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth to record a pair of scoreless innings.

Saint Louis hurlers did not fare as well as their Green Wave counterparts as starter Weber (3-5) was touched up for nine runs on nine hits in 2-and-a-third-innings, Patrick Barmann gave up a pair of runs in 3-and-two-thirds innings of work and Joe Buehler gave up a run on three hits in one inning of relief. The lone Billiken hurler not to give up a run was Pat Burtch who tossed a three-up, three-down seventh.

Tulane and Saint Louis close out the home schedule for the Green Wave on Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. Prior to first pitch, the Tulane will honor its four-member senior class of Bormaster, pitchers Joey Charron and Cory Hahn and catcher Matt Mann with a special ceremony. For ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE.

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