Wave Drops Series Finale At South Florida, 8-4

Crowel (8-1) was tagged with his first loss of the season after giving up six runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings of work. Fairchild gave the Green Wave 2.2 solid frames of relief, and his lone blemish of the day was Baisley's home run in the seventh, and sophomore Daniel Latham tossed a three-up, three-down eighth

TAMPA, Fla.–Junior first baseman Micah Owings hit a pair of solo home runs, but it was not enough as the top-ranked Tulane University baseball team dropped the series finale to Conference USA foe USF Saturday evening at Red McEwan Field.

USF scored a pair of runs in the first, third, fifth and seventh innings, including two-run homers by right fielder Bryan Hierlmeier and third baseman Jeff Baisley. Tulane had its chances to add to its run total throughout the ballgame, but the Green Wave stranded seven on the basepaths, including a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the second and a runner at third with one-away scenario in the fifth.

Tulane clinched the series with a 5-3, 10-inning win earlier in the day, but could not pull off the sweep as the Green Wave fall to 38-8 on the year and 16-5 in C-USA action. USF, meanwhile, improves to 26-22 overall and 11-9 in league play.

The Bulls wasted little time jumping on the Green Wave as leadoff hitter Tim Orlosky hit a single in the first before Hierlmeier roped a two-run shot high over the wall in left to give USF a 2-0 advantage. After a scoreless second, USF second baseman Joey Angelbarger singled and Baisley drew a two-out walk in the third, and the pair scored on a two-run double to the left field corner by catcher Brian Baisley to stake the Bulls to a 4-0 lead.

Tulane would get on the board in the fourth when Owings ripped a leadoff home run to right for his first round-tripper of the day. Sophomore left fielder Mark Hamilton walked, senior designated hitter Scott Madden was hit by a pitch, and senior right fielder Matt Barket drew a base on balls to load the bases, and junior centerfielder Nathan Southard came through with a clutch, two-out, two-run double down the left field line to make it a one-run ballgame.

USF answered an inning later when Orlosky hit a leadoff single, Hierlmeier hit an RBI-triple to center, and a wild pitch by junior reliever Ricky Fairchild allowed Hierlmeier to score to make it 6-3. After a scoreless sixth, Jeff Baisley blew the game open with a two-run homer to straight-away center to account for USF's final runs.

Owings connected on his second homer of the day in the eighth, but the Green Wave had just a single by Barket the rest of the way.

Starter J.R. Crowel (8-1) was tagged with his first loss of the season after giving up six runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings of work. Fairchild gave the Green Wave 2.2 solid frames of relief, and his lone blemish of the day was Baisley's home run in the seventh, and sophomore Daniel Latham tossed a three-up, three-down eighth.

USF's Blake Tillett (4-2) earned the win with five solid innings, giving up three runs on five hits while walking three and striking out five. Ty Pryor kept Tulane without a hit in the sixth and seventh innings, and the lone hit he allowed was Owings' bomb in the eighth, while Davis Bilardello tossed a scoreless ninth to close out the ballgame.

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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