Emaus Homer Lifts Tulane Past UH, 5-4

Freshman third baseman Brad Emaus went 2-for-5, including a walk-off home run, as the No. 1 Tulane University baseball team defeated Conference USA foe Houston, 5-4, Saturday afternoon at Turchin Stadium

NEW ORLEANS, La.–Freshman third baseman Brad Emaus went 2-for-5, including a walk-off home run, as the No. 1 Tulane University baseball team defeated Conference USA foe Houston, 5-4, Saturday afternoon at Turchin Stadium.

Tulane led 4-3 after seven innings, but after a scoreless eighth, the Cougars would tie things up with three consecutive two-out singles. The score would not remain tied for long, though, as Emaus turned on the second pitch of the bottom of the ninth and sent it over the wall in right central to give Tulane the win.

With the victory, Tulane improves to 31-6 on the year and maintains a tie with TCU for a share of the C-USA lead at 11-3. Houston, meanwhile, falls to 15-19 overall and 7-6 in league action.

Emaus was one of three players to post a pair of hits on Saturday, joining junior first baseman Micah Owings and senior second baseman Joe Holland in the category. Lost in the excitement of the late innings was a gritty pitching performance by Tulane starter Brandon Gomes, who after giving up three runs over the first three innings, settled down to give up just three hits and no runs over his final five frames.

Rookie closer Sean Morgan (5-0), who came on in relief of junior right-hander Billy Mohl with two on and two out in the ninth, gave up the game-tying single to Houston second baseman Kevin Roberts, but struck out designated hitter Brad Lincoln to strand runners on the corners and set up Emaus' game-winning blast.

Houston would draw first blood as Roberts hit a one-out double two at-bats into the ballgame, and came around to score when Lincoln singled one hitter later to give the Cougars a 1-0 lead. Tulane would answer with a pair of runs in the home half of the frame courtesy of an RBI-groundout by Bogusevic and a failed pickoff attempt by Lincoln, who started on the hill of for the Cougars and gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits while walking two and strking out five in 5.2 innings of work.

Following a scoreless second, Houston reclaimed the lead in the third by manufacturing a pair of runs. First baseman Matt Farrington drew a leadoff walk, and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by right fielder Mark McGonigle. A single by left fielder Travis Tully gave the Cougars runners on the corners, and Roberts would tie the game with an RBI single to left. Tully would go to third on the play, and score one at-bat later on an RBI-grounder off the bat of Lincoln to make it a 3-2 ballgame.

Owings would tie things up with a towering solo home run to left center in the fourth, and the score would remain 3-3 until the seventh. Following the stretch, Tulane put the first two men on without the benefit of a base hit as reliever Ricky Hargrove walked senior catcher Greg Dini to open the frame and plunked junior centerfielder Nathan Southard to put two on with nobody out.

From there, Houston head coach Rayner Noble called on Gene Flores from the bullpen, and the fifth-year senior almost pitched the Cougars out of the free passes, but with two out, Bogusevic hit an RBI-single to left to give Tulane a 4-3 lead and set up the eventful ninth inning.

Following Sunday's contest, Tulane returns to action on Tuesday, April 19, when the Green Wave play host to arch-rival LSU at 6 p.m. at Zephyr Field. That game will be broadcast on national television as ESPN2 will be bringing Louisiana baseball fans all the action live from "The Shrine on Airline."


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