NEW ORLEANS, La.–The Green Wave offense pounded out a season-high 25 hits and junior right-hander Micah Owing struck out eight in a 6.0-inning start as the top-ranked Tulane University baseball team hammered Marist College, 24-2, Saturday afternoon at Turchin Stadium.
After winning a nailbiter on Friday night courtesy of a two-out, 10th inning grand slam off the bat of Tommy Manzella, the Green Wave would need no late-frame heroics as Tulane plated a pair of runs in the first and third innings and never looked back. With the win, Tulane improves to 12-1 on the year. Marist, meanwhile, falls to 1-4.
Every available position player saw time in Saturday's win, and fourteen of them tallied at least on hit. Seniors Scott Madden and Greg Dini, along with freshman middle infielder Cat Everett, led the way with three hits each. Also joining the multiple-hit club were outfielders Matt Barket, Brian Bogusevic and Nathan Southard, and rookie third baseman Brad Emaus with two apiece.
Owings (2-1), meanwhile, was in command from the start and faced just one more than the minimum to earn his second win of the year. He struck out the first two batters he faced, fanned the side in order in the second, and posted a pair of punchouts in the fifth. The lone hit he allowed came with one out in the third, and that baserunner was erased via doubleplay one at-bat later. After inducing a pair of groundball outs to start the sixth, Owings put a stamp on his outing by getting Red Fox leadoff hitter Travis Musolf to strike out looking.
Tulane got on the board in the first inning on a pair of RBI-singles by Barket and Dini, and following a scoreless second, went ahead 4-0 courtesy of a two-run single by Emaus.
The Green Wave would blow the game open in the fourth when they sent 12 men to the plate and scored seven runs on eight hits, including a double and a single by Southard, to roll out to an 11-0 advantage. Tulane would add three more runs in the fifth on a two-run double by freshman Sean Morgan and a hit and an RBI by Everett.
The sixth inning would be another wild one for Tulane as the Green Wave would plate nine runs on eight hits, including a single and a two-run triple by Madden.
The Red Foxes would avoid the shutout in the seventh when Keith Glasser walked and Bryan Towler singled with one out, and the pair would come around to score on an RBI-single by pinch hitter Justin LePore and a sacrifice fly by Pat Feeney, respectively.
Tulane would close out the scoring in the eighth when Everett reached on a leadoff walk, advanced the bases on a wild pitch and a single, and touched the paystation on the second wild pitch off the frame.
Marist starter Chris Tracz (0-1) was tagged with the loss after giving up seven runs (six earned) on seven hits through 3.1 innings, and the Red Foxes' bullpen did not fare much better. Tulane roughed up Jonathan Smith for four runs in 1/3 of an inning, hit Bobby Hastry up for eight runs (four earned) on nine hits in 1.2 frames, and hammered Kevin Dalton for five runs on six hits over the final 2.2 stanzas.
Tulane and Marist return to action on Sunday, March 6, when the close out the weekend series at 1 p.m. at Turchin Stadium. For ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE. For fans who can not make the trip to uptown New Orleans, the game will be broadcast live on the radio at WRBH 88.3 FM, and livestats will be available on the internet via Game Tracker at www.tulanegreenwave.com.
No. 1 Tulane Defeats Marist, 24-2
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