No. 1 Tulane Completes Sweep of Arizona State, 9-3

Tulane's sweep of the Sun Devils marked the first time Arizona State failed to win a game in a weekend series since Feb. 15-17, 2002 when Florida State took all three games in Tallahassee. With Sunday's win, the Green Wave improve to 7-0 on the season. Arizona State, meanwhile, falls to 6-8.

TOP-RANKED TULANE COMPLETES SWEEP OF NO. 11 ARIZONA STATE WITH 9-3 WIN Matt Barket hits a grand slam in the third to open the scoring; Green Wave bullpen tosses four shutout innings NEW ORLEANS, La.–Senior right fielder Matt Barket hit a grand slam and the Green Wave got four scoreless innings from its bullpen as the top-ranked Tulane University baseball team completed the series sweep of No. 11 Arizona State with a 9-3 victory Sunday afternoon at Turchin Stadium.

Tulane's sweep of the Sun Devils marked the first time Arizona State failed to win a game in a weekend series since Feb. 15-17, 2002 when Florida State took all three games in Tallahassee. With Sunday's win, the Green Wave improve to 7-0 on the season. Arizona State, meanwhile, falls to 6-8.

Barket's bomb came in the third inning, and the Green Wave made it a 6-0 ballgame one inning later on RBI-singles off the bats of rookie third baseman Brad Emaus and junior centerfielder Nathan Southard. Barket nearly added his second homer of the day later in the frame when he turned on a pitch from ASU starter Pat Bresnehan, but Sun Devil right fielder Rocky Laguna was able to reach over the wall to rob him of his second homer in as many innings.

Tulane starter J.R. Crowel (2-0) had faced just one more than the minimum during his first four innings of work, but the defensive gem seemed to get Arizona State going as second baseman Joe Persichina led off the fifth with a single and scored one at-bat later on a double by Laguna. Two batters later, designated hitter Willie Fox crushed a ball over the wall in right center to make it a 6-3 affair. Crowel would retire the next two batters he faced to keep the damage to a minimum.

From there, the Green Wave went to its bullpen, and the right arms of sophomore Brandon Gomes and Sean Morgan would keep Arizona State off the board over the final four innings. Gomes, who started Tuesday night's 3-0 win over McNeese State, scattered a pair of hits and struck out one in three innings, and Morgan would pitch his way around a two-out double as the Tulane relievers have now help opponents without an earned run in 17 innings to start the 2005 campaign.

While Gomes and Morgan were keeping the Sun Devils at arm's reach, senior shortstop Tommy Manzella would spark a three-run eighth to give Tulane some insurance runs and account for the final score.

Bresnehan (0-1) breezed through the first two innings, giving up just a single to senior designated hitter Scott Madden, but the third inning would be a different story as Emaus walked to open the frame, senior second baseman Joe Holland singled and Southard was hit by a pitch to set up Barket's grand slam.

Junior first baseman Micah Owings doubled to start the fourth and chase Bresnehan from the game, but reliever Tony Barnette would be greeted rudely as Emaus, Holland and Southard tallied an RBI single, a double and an RBI single, respectively for a three-run frame.

Following Manzella's eight-inning home run off the third reliever of the day, Brett Bordes, Owings singled, Emaus walked and Holland was plunked to load the bases. Southard then hit a lazy fly ball to center that landed in no-man's land between ASU centerfielder Travis Buck and middle infielders Persichina and Seth Dhaenens for a two-run double.

The Green Wave returns to action on Friday, Feb. 25, when Tulane travels to Malibu, Calif., to open a three-game slate with Pepperdine at 4 p.m. (CST) at Eddy C. Field Stadium. The Green Wave and the Waves will also play on Saturday and Sunday, with first pitch of both ballgames scheduled for 3 p.m.


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