Madden's Two Homers Lead Tulane Over Alumni, 17-8

Scott Madden hit a pair of homers, including a grand slam, junior pitcher Micah Owings, a transfer from Georgia Tech, scattered three singles during his outing, and the only run he allowed was of the unearned variety in the first inning when 2003 All-Conference USA centerfielder Jonny Kaplan reached on a two-base error and hustled to score all the way from second on a groundout by two-time C-USA Player of the Year Jake Gautreau.

NEW ORLEANS, La.–Senior catcher Scott Madden hit a pair of homers, including a grand slam, and junior right-hander Micah Owings struck out seven in a 5.0-inning start as the 2005 Tulane baseball team won the fifth annual Alumni Game, 17-8, Saturday afternoon at Turchin Stadium.

Madden launched a solo shot to lead off the sixth and hammered a towering shot to left in the eighth to account for the Green Wave's final runs. The Alumni Team, composed of members of the 2001 College World Series team as well as current and former professional players, made things interesting in the final two frames with a single run in the eighth and dropping a five-spot in the ninth, but the lead proved to be too large to overcome as the 2005 squad prevailed.

"Overall, I thought we had a pretty good showing," head coach Rick Jones said. "We've got to improve in all phases of the game, but we've got the makeup of a very good club. We've got a few things to work on, but that's not different from any other year."

The Green Wave offense pounded out 16 hits, including Madden's two homers and a two-run blast by Owings, and the right arms of Owings, junior Billy Mohl and sophomore Daniel Latham were able to limit the Alumni Team to just one earned run over the first eight innings. Errors were somewhat costly to the 2005 team as three miscues led to a pair of unearned runs.

Owings, a transfer from Georgia Tech, scattered three singles during his outing, and the only run he allowed was of the unearned variety in the first inning when 2003 All-Conference USA centerfielder Jonny Kaplan reached on a two-base error and hustled to score all the way from second on a groundout by two-time C-USA Player of the Year Jake Gautreau.

Following a scoreless second, the 2005 squad would get on the board when senior second baseman Joe Holland drew a two-out walk before redshirt-freshman left fielder Will Rice and senior shortstop Tommy Manzella ripped back-to-back doubles to put Tulane ahead for good at 2-1 in the third.

Sophomore first baseman Mark Hamilton looped a double to right to lead off the fourth, and following a fly ball by Madden, Owings crushed a pitcher over the screen in left to give the 2005 club a 4-1 advantage. Later in the frame, freshman third baseman Brad Emaus reached after getting hit by pitch, advanced to second on a groundout and touched the paystation courtesy of an RBI single off the bat of rookie Warren McFadden to make it a four-run ballgame.

Josh Bobbitt, the 1999 C-USA Pitcher of the Year, kept the home team off the board in the fifth, and the Alumni squad was able to scratch a run across when Kaplan singled, stole second and rounded the bases on a groundout and subsequent error to make it a 5-2 contest. The Green Wave bats would not be as kind to Bobbitt in the home half of the inning, however, as Madden hit his first home run of the game to lead things off and Emaus ripped a double two batters later. From there, Tulane drew a pair of walks to load the bases before Rice, Manzella, senior right fielder Matt Barket and Hamilton hit consecutive singles to chase Bobbitt from the game, and the Green Wave got the advantage of a balk call on reliever Barth Melius to add seven runs to their total.

Melius, who was the 2001 C-USA Tournament Most Outstanding Player, got the Alumni Team out of the inning with a strikeout, but Owings clubbed a double to lead off the seventh and scored on a single by Emaus before Madden put the finishing touches on the 2005 squad's performance with his grand slam one frame later.

The Alumni Team – which scored a run in the eight when shortstop Andy Cannizaro singled, went to second on a base knock by Gautreau and scored on a single by first baseman Wes Swackhamer – made things interesting in the ninth. Down to just six hitters due to prior commitments by some of the former student-athletes, the Alumni Team scored five runs on five hits, including a three-run double off the bat of 2002 C-USA Player of the Year James Jurries, but freshman Sean Morgan would settle down to get out of the inning to close things out.

Earlier in the day, the Blue Bombers defeated the Green Wave Greats 7-0 in the Old Timers' Game. The Bombers, who plated three runs in the first to take control of the game early on, were led offensively by centerfielder Stephen Shepherd, who went 3-for-5 with a trio of doubles. Bill Kampen went the distance for the Bombers, scattering nine hits and striking out one in a 7.0-inning start. John Foto, Josh Bobbitt and Bob Whitman, Jr., posted two hits each to lead the Green Wave Greats.

The Green Wave opens the 2005 regular season on Friday, Feb. 11 when they open a three-game weekend against Southeast Missouri State at 6:30 p.m. at Turchin Stadium. Season tickets are now on sale for the 2005 Tulane University baseball season. For more information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at 504-861-WAVE or log on to the internet at www.tulanegreenwave.com.


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