No. 1 Tulane Falls To Pepperdine, 5-2

Tulane and Pepperdine close out the weekend on Sunday with first pitch slated for 3 p.m. (CST) and that game will be broadcast on WRBH 88.3 FM. Following the West Coast swing, Tulane returns to action on Tuesday, March 1, when the Green Wave play host to cross-town foe UNO at 6:30 p.m. at Turchin Stadium

MALIBU, Calif.–The Green Wave plated two runs in the eighth, but a five-run second by Pepperdine proved to be the difference as the Tulane University baseball team suffered its first loss of the season, 5-2, Saturday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Junior right-hander Micah Owings struck out a season-best four batters and faced just two more than the minimum in six of his seven innings. The Waves (6-5), however, would plate five runs on six hits in the second, and hold off a pair of rallies by the Green Wave (8-1) to seal the victory.

Tulane, which has had success in the eighth inning throughout the 2005 season, made things interesting in their favorite frame on Saturday as the Green Wave loaded the bases when freshman third baseman Brad Emaus was hit by a pitch, senior shortstop Tommy Manzella doubled and senior right fielder Matt Barket walked to chase Waves starter Paul Coleman from the game.

From there Pepperdine brought in Steve Kleen, who started the game at first, and senior Scott Madden greeted him rudely with a hot shot back up the middle to put Tulane on the board. Fellow senior Greg Dini nearly tied the game with a towering shot to left, but Waves' outfielder Luke Salas made the catch at the wall for a sacrifice fly, and that would be as close as the Green Wave would get.

Coleman was in command throughout the game, striking out three and giving up just two singles through the first seven innings of the game to improve to 2-0. He did pitch himself into a jam in the fifth with walks to Dini, junior centerfielder Nathan Southard and Brad Emaus to load the bases. Green Wave leadoff hitter Will Rice was called back in favor of pinch-hitter Mark Hamilton, but Coleman would tally a three-pitch strikeout to get out of the inning unscathed.

Kleen, meanwhile, fanned three and gave up just the single to Madden in 1.2 innings of relief to pick up his second save of the 2005 season.

After a three-up, three-down first, Pepperdine would take control of the contest with six of their seven hits in the second to account for their only runs of the day. Kleen got the rally started with a leadoff single, and went to third on a successfully-executed hit-and-run by designated hitter Nick Kliebert. Kliebert was able to go to second on a throw to third, and right fielder Taylor Klosowski put Pepperdine on the board with an RBI single to left.

The Waves padded their lead with an RBI-bunt single off the bat of Patrick Rooney, and following another bunt single by nine-hole hitter Adrian Ortiz to reload the bases, Salas delivered the biggest blow of the game with a bases-clearing double to the gap in right center to make it a 5-0 ballgame.

Tulane and Pepperdine close out the weekend on Sunday with first pitch slated for 3 p.m. (CST) and that game will be broadcast on WRBH 88.3 FM. Following the West Coast swing, Tulane returns to action on Tuesday, March 1, when the Green Wave play host to cross-town foe UNO at 6:30 p.m. at Turchin Stadium.


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