HATTIESBURG, Miss.–Southern Miss starter Brad Owens tossed seven scoreless innings, and the Golden Eagle bats pounded out 13 hits as the Tulane University baseball team dropped a 10-0 decision to Conference USA foe USM in a 10-run-rule shortened contest Sunday afternoon at Pete Taylor Park.
Tulane already clinched the series with 18-4 and 11-2 victories in the first two games of the weekend, but Sunday was a different story as Southern Miss jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. The loss snapped a five-game winning streak by the Green Wave as Tulane fell to 35-7 overall and 14-4 in C-USA action. Southern Miss, meanwhile, improved to 28-11 on the year and 11-7 in league play.
Making just his second career start at the Division I level, Owens kept Tulane off balance throughout the contest, limiting the Green Wave to just three hits to Southern Miss' 13. Owens struck out eight and gave up just three walks to improve to 2-0 on the year. Tulane starter Brandon Gomes did not fare as well, however, as he allowed six runs on eight runs over 4.1 frames to fall to 5-2 in 2005.
Southern Miss jumped out to an early 4-0 lead as first baseman Marc Maddox reached on a fielder's choice, catcher Brad Willcutt and centerfielder Jason Lowery ripped back-to-back, two-out singles, and left fielder David Steele followed with a two-RBI double.
Things did not get much better for the Green Wave in the second as Gomes sandwiched a pair of hit batsmen around a walk to load the bases, and Maddox hit an RBI grounder to first to give the Golden Eagles a 5-0 advantage.
Following a pair of scoreless frames, Southern Miss had runners at second and third with only one out in the fifth to chase Gomes from the contest, and junior right-hander Billy Mohl intentionally walked the first man he faced and retired the next two on ground balls to short, but a wild pitch would bring in Steele from third to give the home team a 6-0 lead.
The Green Wave had their chances throughout the ballgame as junior right fielder Brian Bogusevic and freshman third baseman Brad Emaus had leadoff doubles in the second and sixth innings, and Tulane had walks in both frames to put a pair of runners on with only one out, but Owens thwarted the rally on each occasion to keep the shutout intact.
Southern Miss would make the stranded runners in the sixth hurt as Maddox hit a leadoff double to start the bottom of the inning, and Willcutt followed with an RBI single to left to push the lead to seven. Willcutt advanced to second on a one-out grounder to second by Steele, and Griffin followed with an run-scoring single to left to make it an 8-0 affair.
Shortstop Chris Matesich opened the seventh with a triple, and right fielder Jody Blount followed with a double down the left field line to make it 9-0, and after walks by second baseman Trey Sutton and Kevin Coker, Willcutt drew a bases-loaded walk to end the game with one out in the seventh.
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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