Green Wave Rolls Saturday At USM: 18-4, 11-2

Tulane and Southern Miss close out the series on Sunday at 1 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on the radio on WRBH 88.3 FM. Following Sunday's series finale, the Green Wave returns to action on Tuesday, April 26, when they play host to Nicholls State at 6:30 p.m. at Turchin Stadium.

HATTIESBURG, Miss.–The Tulane Green Wave baseball team kept on rolling through their weekend series at Southern Miss, recording two wins Saturday as the top-ranked Wave completed the final five innings of the suspended series opener for an 18-4 victory, and then kept the offense going in an 11-2 decision in game two Saturday afternoon at Pete Taylor Park.

Before the opener was suspended due to weather conditions Friday evening, Tulane had pounded out five home runs in four innings to establish to a 15-0 lead. Saturday, redshirt-freshman right hander Chris Worster pitched the final five frames of the suspended contest to earn the first save of his career. While no Tulane player went deep during the 14 innings played on Saturday, the offense did manage a combined 15 hits, including a 3-for-6 showing by senior shortstop Tommy Manzella in the nightcap.

"We had some quality at-bats today," Tulane head coach Rick Jones said. "We were able to work the count deep, and when we got pitches to hit, we put some good swings on them and were able to drive them."

Junior southpaw Brian Bogusevic (8-1) took the hill for the Green Wave to start the late game, and proved he was once again up to the task with four strikeouts, while giving up just one earned run on three hits in seven innings of work. Junior right-hander Ricky Fairchild came on in relief to start the eighth, and posted a pair of strikeouts while scattering two hits to close out the contest.

Tulane wasted little time jumping on Southern Miss as junior centerfielder Nathan Southard led off the contest with an infield single and scored two at-bats later when Manzella ripped his fourth double of the series down the left field line to give the Green Wave a 1-0 lead they would not relinquish.

Senior first baseman Scott Madden followed Southard's lead in the second with a leadoff base hit, and two outs later, Southard and freshman third baseman Brad Emaus hit back-to-back RBI doubles to make it a 3-0 contest. An fielding error by USM third baseman Beau Griffin one hitter later allowed Emaus score from second and give the boys in olive and blue a four-run advantage.

Southern Miss starter Patrick Ezell (5-2) would settle down to face just one more than the minimum in third through fifth innings, and the Golden Eagle offense would get take advantage of a balk and an error to cut the lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the third. One inning later, centerfielder Jason Lowery hit a leadoff homer to make it a two-run ballgame, but that would be the last run Tulane would allow the rest of the way as Bogusevic gave up just one hit and two walks the rest of his outing before giving way to Fairchild.

Tulane got one run back in the sixth senior second baseman Joe Holland reached on an error, advanced the bases on a single by Madden and a sacrifice bunt by senior right fielder Matt Barket, and scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of senior catcher Greg Dini.

The Green Wave blew the game open in the seventh with early-inning hits and free passes issued by Southern Miss hurlers. Emaus and Manzella hit back-to-back singles to open the inning and chase Ezell from the game, then Bogusevic greeted Barry Bowden rudely with an RBI-single to left to make it a 6-2 contest. Following the RBI-knock, Bowden had trouble throwing strikes as he plunked junior left fielder Micah Owings to load the bases and walked Holland to force home Manzella.

A bases-loaded walk by Madden sent Bowden to the showers, and Barket put the finishing touches on a four-run frame with a sacrifice fly to right to push the lead to 9-2. John Nicholas would pitch Southern Miss out of the inning, but Tulane would touch him up for a pair of runs in the eighth when Manzella, Bogusevic and Owings hit consecutive singles to account for the final score.

Tulane and Southern Miss close out the series on Sunday at 1 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on the radio on WRBH 88.3 FM. Following Sunday's series finale, the Green Wave returns to action on Tuesday, April 26, when they play 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.


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