CHARLOTTE, N.C.–Senior shortstop Tommy Manzella and junior first baseman Micah Owings combined for seven hits and five RBI, and junior southpaw Brian Bogusevic struck out nine in an eight-inning start as the No. 2 Tulane University baseball team completed the sweep of Conference USA foe Charlotte with a 8-3 win Sunday afternoon at Tom & Lib Phillips Field.
Manzella went 4-for-5 with a home run, a triple and three RBI, while Owings posted two singles, a triple and a pair of RBI in four trips to the plate. The three-win showing vs. the 49ers was the sixth sweep of the year for Tulane, and marked the first time the Green Wave swept a
C-USA foe in a road series since the 2001 season, when the team went 3-0 at Southern Miss.
Tulane out-hit the 49ers 13-6, and for the week, hit .395 with a .613 slugging percentage on the strength of 10 doubles, two triples and four home runs. With the victory, Tulane runs its winning streak to nine games while improving to 29-5 on the year and 10-2 in league play. Charlotte, meanwhile, falls to 20-12 overall and 5-7 in conference action.
Manzella got Tulane going in the first when he hit a solo home run over the wall in left center, but the 49ers would take advantage of a Green Wave error in the bottom of the inning when left fielder O'Brien Taylor walked, stole second and scored on a misplayed ground ball that would have been the third out of the inning.
After a scoreless second, the Green Wave would take the lead for good with a pair of runs when senior catcher Greg Dini scored on an error and freshman third baseman Brad Emaus came around to touch the paystation on an RBI single by Manzella.
Charlotte starter Matt Landphair would keep Tulane off the scoreboard and the fourth and fifth innings, but Owings ripped a one-out triple to right center, and following a sophomore left fielder Mark Hamilton walked in the next plate appearance, and 49ers' head coach Loren Hibbs went to the bullpen and brought in Keith Moreland. Moreland got off to a good start by striking out the first man he faced, but senior second baseman Joe Holland and Dini followed with back-to-back RBI singles to give the Green Wave a 5-1 lead.
The 49ers get a run back in the home half of the inning when shortstop Mike Ambrose smoked a two-out solo home run over the wall in left central, but Tulane would get another two runs in the seventh to give the boys in olive and blue a comfortable 7-2 advantage.
Charlotte refused to go away quietly as designated hitter John Stallings walked with one out in the seventh, Taylor followed with a single, and catcher Chris Rochelle hit a bloop RBI-single to right center with two away to make it a 7-3 affair. Tulane would get the run back in the ninth when Emaus drew a one-out walk, advanced to second on a single by Manzella and scored on an RBI-knock off the bat of Owings to close out the scoring.
Bogusevic allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits while walking four to improve to 6-1 on the season. Junior right-hander Billy Mohl pitched the ninth for the Green Wave, allowing just a single and striking out one. Landphair was tagged with the loss after allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits in 5.1 frames to fall to 2-4 in 2005.
The Green Wave return to action on Tuesday, April 12, when Tulane plays host to Nicholls State at 6:30 p.m. at Turchin Stadium. For ticket information, contact the Tulane University Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE.
Tulane Sweeps Charlotte With 8-3 Sunday Win
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