TAMPA, Fla.–While it did not take as long as the series-opener, the Green Wave once again used extra innings as the top-ranked Tulane baseball team defeated Conference USA foe USF, 5-3, in 10 innings Saturday afternoon at Red McEwan Field.
With the score knotted at 3-all at the end of regulation, Tulane had two on with two out before sophomore left fielder Mark Hamilton hit a shot to the right side of the infield that was mishandled by Bulls' second baseman Joey Angelberger to load the bases. Junior designated hitter Micah Owings made the extended inning count with a two-run single to left central to account for the final score.
From there, junior right-hander Billy Mohl (5-0) pitched his way around a leadoff double to toss a scoreless 10th and seal the Green Wave's second extra-inning win in as many games. With the victory, Tulane improves to 38-7 on the year and 16-4 in C-USA play. USF, meanwhile, falls to 25-23 and 10-9 in league action.
The two teams were slated to close out the weekend on Sunday at one, but due to impending weather, Tulane and USF will complete a split doubleheader at 6 p.m. (CDT) later today.
Tulane was out-hit 12-8 on the afternoon, but the Green Wave were able to capitalize on 13 walks and an error. Senior shortstop Tommy Manzella paced the Green Wave offense with a double and a triple, and sophomore left fielder Mark Hamilton had a pair of singles.
Tulane jumped on USF starter Yuri Higgins early as freshman third baseman Brad Emaus hit a one-out double, Manzella followed with an RBI triple, and Hamilton ripped a run-scoring single down the right field line to give the Green Wave a 2-0 advantage in the first.
Higgins would keep Tulane off the board over the next four-plus innings, and his offense set him up for a possible victory as third baseman Jeff Baisley hit an RBI single in the first, left fielder Tim Orlosky scored on a double-play ball in the third, and Baisley hit another run-scoring single in the fifth to give the Bulls a 3-2 advantage.
After a scoreless sixth, Hamilton hit a one-out single to right center, advanced to second on a walk by Owings and scored on an RBI-single by senior catcher Greg Dini to tie things up at 3-3.
Both teams squandered scoring opportunities over the next two innings, but in the 10th, senior right fielder Matt Barket drew a leadoff walk, was erased at second base on a fielder's choice ball off the bat of junior centerfielder Nathan Southard, and following an intentional walk to Manzella, Hamilton reached on an error on his hot shot to second to set up Owings' game-winning single.
Tulane got a solid start from junior southpaw Brian Bogusevic, who gave up three runs on 10 hits while striking out seven and walking one in 7.2 innings of work, but for the second time in the last three games, Mohl earned the win out of the bullpen with five strikeouts and no walks while giving up a pair of hits in 2.1 frames.
Following this afternoon's series finale at Red McEwan Field, the Green Wave return to action on Tuesday, May 3, when they take on cross-town foe UNO at 6:30 p.m. at Zephyr Field. For ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE.
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