Green Wave Sweeps UNO, 7-6, Before 5,431

Tulane returns to action on Friday, May 6, when the Green Wave open a three-game weekend slate against Conference USA opponent Memphis at 6:30 p.m. at Turchin Stadium. The two teams will battle again on Saturday at 4 p.m. in a game that will be televised locally on Cox Sports Television (local channel 37), before closing out the weekend on Sunday with first pitch slated for 1 p.m.

METAIRIE, La.–Senior shortstop Tommy Manzella went 4-for-4 with a pair of RBI and sophomore right-hander Daniel Latham tossed scoreless eighth and ninth innings as the No. 1 Tulane University baseball team completed the regular-season sweep of cross-town foe UNO with a 7-6 win Tuesday evening at Zephyr Field.

Manzella, the reigning Conference USA and Louisiana Sports Writers Association Player of the Week, lived up to his billing with a four singles and a sacrifice fly. Tuesday's game marked the second time in the last four contests Manzella posted four hits, and the fifth time this year that the native of Chalmette, La., tallied at least four knocks. Latham, meanwhile, picked up his eighth save of the 2005 season.

"(Manzella) is just been on a tear lately, and is hitting the ball well right now," head coach Rick Jones said. "We've had a few guys here that have stayed for their senior years and had great years, and Tommy is having the type of year that you hope a fourth-year senior would have for you."

With a 15-9 win over the Privateers on March 1 at Turchin Stadium and a 6-0 victory on April 5 at Maestri Field, the Green Wave completed its ninth sweep of an opponent this year and completed a 10-0 sweep of teams from Louisiana in 2005. The win improves the Green Wave's overall record to 39-8, while UNO falls to 13-31.

The Green Wave jumped out to an early 7-2 lead after scoring single runs in the first and third innings, and putting up a five spot in the second, but the Privateers rallied with four runs in the sixth to make it a one-run game.

From there, redshirt-junior Ricky Fairchild was able to pitch Tulane out of the sixth and tossed a three-up, three-down seventh before giving way to Latham.

The Privateers drew first blood in the first as left fielder Jason Schwab led off the contest with a double to left, and following a sacrifice bunt by right fielder Michael Epping, centerfielder Brandon Bowser drove Schwab home with an RBI-single through the right side of the infield.

The lead would not last long, however, as Tulane answered in its half of the inning when freshman third baseman Brad Emaus and Manzella hit back-to-back, one-out singles before junior first baseman Micah Owings ripped an RBI base hit to center to tie the score.

The Green Wave would blow the game open in the second on three hits and a pair of free passes. Senior catcher Scott Madden was hit by a pitch and replaced by pinch-runner Greg Dini, senior left fielder reached on a two-base throwing error by Vergara, and junior centerfielder Nathan Southard followed with an RBI base hit to right to give Tulane 2-1 lead it would not relinquish. Emaus walked in the ensuing plate appearance, and stole second, and a wild pitch by Vergara allowed Barket to score and Southard to advance to third.

Manzella posted his first RBI of the day with a sacrifice fly to center, Owings followed with an run-scoring double to right central, and junior right fielder Brian Bogusevic closed out the five-run frame with an RBI-single to center to give Tulane a commanding 6-1 lead.

UNO cut the lead to four in the top of the third when Schwab reached on a two-base error to open the frame, and scored on a one-out double off the bat of Bowser, but Tulane got the run back in the bottom of the inning on a bases-loaded single by Manzella.

The score would remain 7-2 for the next two innings, but the Privateers made things interesting in the sixth. Tulane junior right-hander Mohl plunked designated hitter Paul Smyth to start the frame and gave up four consecutive singles, including RBI knocks by catcher Alex Webster and second baseman Mike Costantino, to make it 7-4. Webster advanced to third on Costantino's hit, came around to score when Southard throw to third got past Emaus, and Schwab ripped a two-out triple down the right-field line to account for the final score.

The Privateers had the tying and go-ahead runs on base in the ninth as Epping stood at third and Smyth was on first with two away, but Latham got third baseman T.J. Baxter to fly out harmlessly to left to clinch the Green Wave victory.

Redshirt-sophomore Brandon Gomes (6-2), one of five Tulane arms to see action in Tuesday's ballgame, earned the win after giving up just one run on two hits in a two-inning start. UNO starter Martin Vergara (1-6) was tagged with the loss after giving up four runs (two earned) on four hits in 1.1 innings of work, and the Privateers' first man out of the bullpen, Nick Augustavo, did not fare much better with three runs on five hits over the next 2.2 frames.

Tulane returns to action on Friday, May 6, when the Green Wave open a three-game weekend slate against Conference USA opponent Memphis at 6:30 p.m. at Turchin Stadium. The two teams will battle again on Saturday at 4 p.m. in a game that will be televised locally on Cox Sports Television (local channel 37), before closing out the weekend on Sunday with first pitch slated for 1 p.m. For ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE.


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