Owings Fans 11 As Wave Defeats C-USA Foe UAB, 11-3

Tulane and UAB will do battle again on Saturday at 2 p.m. before closing the weekend out on Sunday with first pitch slated for 1 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live on the radio on WRBH 88.3 FM, and Saturday's contest will be simulcast on WTIX AM 690.

NEW ORLEANS, La.–The Green Wave offense pounded out 16 hits and junior right-hander Micah Owings posted a career-high 11 strikeouts as the No. 3 Tulane University baseball team defeated Conference USA foe UAB, 11-3, Friday evening at Turchin Stadium. The Blazers scored a run in the top of the first, but the lead would not last long as Tulane plated four in the home half of the inning, including a three-run double off the bat of sophomore left fielder Mark Hamilton. That would be all Owings (3-3) would need as the preseason All-American faced just one more than the minimum from the second through sixth innings.

UAB would score single runs in the seventh and eighth innings, but Tulane got a pair of runs in the seventh to quell any talks of a comeback as the Green Wave improved to 23-5 overall and 5-2 in C-USA action. UAB, meanwhile, fell to 18-8 on the year and 4-3 in league play.

Eight of the nine Tulane starters posted two hits apiece, and Hamilton's double in the first was the only extra-base hit for the Green Wave on a night that saw both teams battle a stiff breeze blowing in from center. The difference in the game, however, was Owings right arm and Tulane's ability to rip line drives.

UAB leadoff man, Clint Toomey, gave the Blazers and early lead with a single on the first pitch of the ballgamem and he would come around to score on a failed pickoff attempt and an errant throw to third on the play as the visitors jumped out to a 1-0 lead.

Tulane got the run back in the bottom of the inning when junior centerfielder Nathan Southard walked, rookie third baseman followed with a single, and senior shortstop Tommy Manzella ripped an RBI-single to left in the ensuing at-bat to tie things up. A one-out walk to senior right fielder Matt Barket loaded the bases, and Hamilton cleared them with a shot to right to put the Green Wave ahead for good at 4-1.

Following a scoreless second, Tulane got the rout going in a similar fashion to the scoring plays in the first as Barket walked, Hamilton singled and senior second baseman Joe Holland sent an RBI-knock to short to make it 5-1. Holland's was the first of four consecutive run-scoring singles as freshman first baseman Cat Everett hit one up the middle, senior catcher Greg Dini sent one to the gap in left center, and Southard snuck one through the left side of the infield to put Tulane on top 8-1.

Tulane added another run in the sixth on an RBI-single by senior designated hitter Scott Madden. From there, the Blazers threatened to make things interesting in the top of the seventh as first baseman Nathan McCorkle singled to open the frame and right fielder Cole Helms followed with a double to right center, but Owings struck out the next man he faced, allowed 4-3 RBI groundout to pinch hitter Bill Lichtner, and fanned catcher Rush Knight looking to put a stamp on his performance.

The Green Wave got the run back plus one in the bottom of the inning on a two-run single to right central by Madden, and the Blazers would close out the scoring in the eight on an RBI-grounder off the bat of McCorkle to account for the final score.

Junior right-hander Billy Mohl pitched the eighth for the Green Wave, giving up a run after plunking shortstop Ryan Metcalf to open the inning, and fellow junior righty Ricky Fairchild tossed a three-up, three-down ninth to seal the win the home team.

UAB, meanwhile, ran five pitchers out the mound, including starter Randy Mills who went just a third of an inning when he gave up four runs on three hits with a pair of walks and no strikeouts. Tulane treated the rest of the Blazer pitchers the same as the Green Wave scored four runs on six hits off of Jim Crew, and got three runs on a trio of hits from Grant Addison. Jacob Legg scattered a pair of singles in two-third innings of scoreless relief in the seventh, and Eric Roberts was able to keep Tulane off the board in the eighth when he gave up a pair of hits and a walk in the frame.

Tulane and UAB will do battle again on Saturday at 2 p.m. before closing the weekend out on Sunday with first pitch slated for 1 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live on the radio on WRBH 88.3 FM, and Saturday's contest will be simulcast on WTIX AM 690. For ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE.

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