Southard's Three Hits Leads Tulane Past TSU, 8-4

The Green Wave return to action on Friday, March 18, when they open Conference USA play against defending league champion East Carolina at 6:30 p.m. at Turchin Stadium

NEW ORLEANS, La.–Junior centerfielder Nathan Southard went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI, and the Green Wave were able to capitalize on five walks and four Tiger errors as the No. 3 Tulane University baseball team defeated Texas Southern, 8-4, Wednesday evening at Turchin Stadium.

Of the 10 free passes issued by Texas Southern, including a hit batsmen in the third, five came around to touch the paystation and two were on run-scoring plays. The Green Wave, meanwhile, played flawless defense that included a double play, a diving catch by reserve left fielder Matt Riser and a nice scoop by freshman Cat Everett that ended the game. With the win, Tulane improves to 16-3 on the year. The Tigers, meanwhile, fall to 6-6-1.

Making his first start in 2005, junior right-hander Billy Mohl struck out a season-best seven and walked just one while giving up three runs on six hits in six solid innings of work to improve to 2-0 on the year. Texas Southern starter Brandon Stricklen did not fare as well as the junior righty allowed six runs (three earned) on four hits while walking five and striking out five to fall to 2-2.

The Tigers got on the board first as leadoff hitter Andre Nevels reached on a walk, stole second base and scored on an RBI-single by first baseman Herman Coachmen. Tulane would get the run back plus a pair an inning later, taking advantage of two walks and a pair of errors in the process.

Senior right fielder Matt Barket got things going for the Green Wave with a one-out walk and advanced the bases on an errant pickoff throw and a balk by Stricklen. One out later, freshman third baseman Brad Emaus laid down a bunt between third base and the mound that Stricklen was able to glove, but his throw to first was high and Barket was able to tie the score. Junior first baseman Micah Owings put Tulane on top with an RBI single in the ensuing at bat, and following a walk to senior second baseman Joe Holland, Owings was able to score when a popup off Southard's bat bounced out Coachmen's glove to give the Wave a 3-1 advantage.

The Tigers would tie the score two innings later as designated hitter J.D. Stewart hit a leadoff single before Coachemen and right fielder Donald Green hit an RBI-triple and a run-scoring double, respectively, but the Green Wave would answer in the fifth with another three-spot.

Southard led off the inning with a double, and after going to third on a groundout, was able to score on a wild pitch. Seniors Scott Madden and Greg Dini drew back-to-back walks, and Barket and Emaus brought the pair home with a single to right and a fielder's choice, respectively, to give Tulane a 6-3 lead it would not relinquish.

The two teams would trade runs in the seventh, and Tulane would plate an insurance run in the eighth courtesy of an RBI-single by Southard to account for the final score.

The Green Wave return to action on Friday, March 18, when they open Conference USA play against defending league champion East Carolina at 6:30 p.m. at Turchin Stadium. For ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE.

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