Wave Takes Finale, Series From Houston, 7-2

Sophomore right hander Daniel Latham came on in relief of Bogusevic with two on and one out in the seventh, and after giving up a sacrifice fly to Roberts, pitched out of the jam with no further damage. Latham gave up just a single the rest of the way to pick up his fifth save of the season

NEW ORLEANS, La.–Outfielders Nathan Southard and Matt Barket posted two hits apiece and junior southpaw Brian Bogusevic gave the Green Wave 6.1 solid innings from the mound as the No. 1 Tulane University baseball team defeated Conference USA foe Houston, 7-2, Sunday afternoon at Turchin Stadium.

Tulane and Houston split the first two games of the weekend, but it would be the Green Wave who won the rubber match as the boys in olive and blue improve to 32-6 on the year and 12-3 in Conference USA action. Tulane's win combined with Memphis' 6-5 extra-inning victory over TCU at Nat Buring Stadium gives the Green Wave sole possession of first place in the C-USA standings. Houston, meanwhile, falls to 15-20 overall and 7-7 in league action.

Houston and Tulane both tallied nine hits each on the day, but the Green Wave got the clutch hits when they needed them as well as some help from the Cougar defense. Tulane led 2-1 after four and a half innings and had something cooking with Southard at second and Bogusevic at first with two away. Southard caught the Houston battery of pitcher Kevin Roberts and catcher Brett Logan napping and stole second uncontested.

From there, the Green Wave attempted a double steal as Bogusevic broke for second on a pitch to junior left fielder Micah Owings. Logan's throw to second, however, bounced in and out of the glove of Cougar middle infielder Bryan Pounds, and the drop allowed Southard to touch the paystation as Bogusevic made it safely back to first to put Tulane ahead 3-1.

Tulane would pad its lead in the sixth on an RBI-single by senior catcher Greg Dini, and an run-scoring knock by Emaus to make it a 5-1 ballgame, but the Cougars would plate a run in the seventh when right fielder Chris Joseph hit a leadoff double and scored three hitters later on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Roberts to cut the lead to three.

Houston reliever Chris Wright was able to keep Tulane off the scoreboard with a three-up, three-down seventh, but put the first two men he faced on in the bottom of the eighth as Barket singled and senior second baseman Joe Holland walked. Cougar head coach Rayner Noble went to the bullpen again, this time bringing in Shea Hancock, but Dini would get down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners, and the pair would score on a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by Southard, respectively, to account for the final score.

Sophomore right hander Daniel Latham came on in relief of Bogusevic with two on and one out in the seventh, and after giving up a sacrifice fly to Roberts, pitched out of the jam with no further damage. Latham gave up just a single the rest of the way to pick up his fifth save of the season.

Houston would draw first blood as Roberts and shortstop Dustin Kingsbury hit back-to-back, one-out singles in the opening stanza before first baseman Brad Lincoln hit an RBI-grounder to second to put the Cougars on top 1-0. The lead would not last long, however, as Emaus drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the inning before senior shortstop Tommy Manzella ripped an RBI-double to the gap in right center to tie the ballgame.

The score would remain at 1-all until the fourth when Bogusevic hit a leadoff single to right central, stole second and scored on a clutch, two-out single by senior second baseman Joe Holland to give Tulane a 2-1 lead it would not relinquish.

Bogusevic (7-1) pitched his way out of several jams during the day, but none was bigger than his performance in the sixth when Lincoln and Pounds drew back-to-back walks to lead off the frame. Logan attempted a sacrifice bunt to the left side of the infield, but Bogusevic was able to pounce on the ball and get the leadoff runner at third base for the first out of the inning. From there, Bogusevic was able to catch Logan leading too far off first for a pickoff, and struck out Cougar centerfielder Mark McGonigle to get out of the inning unscathed.

Latham was able to keep Houston off balance over the final 2.2 innings, and the Green Wave celebration was on.

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 is already a sellout, but it in addition to being carried live on the radio on WRBH 88.3 FM, the contest vs. the Tigers also 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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