Tulane Completes Sweep Of Memphis With 12-9 Win

Emaus started the hit parade with a single through the left side of the infield, Manzella hit one to the very same spot to bring home Southard, and junior first baseman Micah Owings ripped an RBI-single to left center to make it 4-2. Junior right fielder Brian Bogusevic walked in the ensuing plate appearance, and senior designated hitter Scott Madden capped the frame with a two-run base hit to right

NEW ORLEANS, La.–Senior shortstop Tommy Manzella went 3-for-5 with an RBI and junior southpaw J.R. Crowel tied a career-high with 10 strikeouts as the top-ranked Tulane University baseball team completed a weekend sweep of Conference USA foe Memphis with a 12-9 win Sunday afternoon at Turchin Stadium.

The Tigers gave the Green Wave all they could handle with a 4-0 lead after three, and made the game a nail-biter with four runs in the top of the ninth, but Crowel settled down in the middle innings, sophomore right-hander Daniel Latham was able to pitch his way out of trouble late, and the home team played perfect defense for the 22nd time in 2005.

"(Crowel) struggled to find his rhythm early, but he fourth through that," head coach Rick Jones said. "Once he found his rhythm, he was very good. Once we got in (Memphis') bullpen, I felt pretty comfortable. We had some good at-bats, and we had some big at-bats with two outs. Memphis had nothing to lose (late in the game). They had good at bats, and in the end, they were playing very loose, and that's dangerous."

With the win, Tulane improves to 42-8 on the year and 19-5 in C-USA play to maintain a two-game lead over TCU (34-15, 17-7) in the league standings. Memphis, meanwhile, becomes the fourth C-USA club, seventh weekend opponent and 10th overall team to get swept by the Green Wave in the 2005 regular season as the Tigers fall to 10-36 overall and 4-20 in league action.

Rookie third baseman Brad Emaus, senior catcher Greg Dini and senior outfielder Matt Barket joined Manzella in the multi-hit club as the trio posted two hits apiece. Barket posted a team-best four RBI on the day, including a two-run homer to right in the eighth.

Memphis roughed up Crowel (9-1) early on as third baseman K.K. Chalmers hit a solo home run two at-bats into the ballgame, second baseman Patrick Hope ripped an RBI-single through the left side of the infield later in the frame, and first baseman Adam Amar hammered a two-run homer to straight-away left in the third to stake the Tigers to a 4-0 lead.

From there, Crowel settled down to face just three over the minimum over the next three innings – tallying five strikeouts along the way – before giving way to Billy Mohl in the seventh. Mohl gave up a run in his lone inning of relief, and Latham tossed a scoreless eighth before hitting a bump in the final stanza.

After going scoreless over the first two innings and just one hit the first time through the order, leadoff man Nathan Southard drew a two-out walk in the third and the Green Wave bats came alive with four hits to tie the game at 4-all. Emaus started the hit parade with a single through the left side of the infield, Manzella hit one to the very same spot to bring home Southard, and junior first baseman Micah Owings ripped an RBI-single to left center to make it 4-2. Junior right fielder Brian Bogusevic walked in the ensuing plate appearance, and senior designated hitter Scott Madden capped the frame with a two-run knock to right to make it a brand new ballgame.

The runs kept coming for Tulane as Emaus smoked a two-run double down the left field line in the third, and a sacrifice fly by Dini and a two-run double by Barket plated three in the fourth.

Following a scoreless sixth, Memphis cut the lead to 9-5 in the top of the seventh when shortstop Jordan Tolliver hit a leadoff single, advanced to second on a walk by Chalmers and touched the paystation on an RBI base hit by Amar. Tulane answered with three more runs in the home half of the frame as Barket hit a towering, opposite field homer, and Southard followed with a solo shot to left to give the Green Wave a comfortable, 12-5 advantage.

The Tigers, however, refused to go away quietly in the ninth. Tolliver opened the inning with a double that fell just beyond the reach of a laid-out Rustin Rebowe in right, Chalmers followed with a triple to right center, and a passed ball allowed another run to score as Memphis cut the lead to 12-7. After giving up a walk to centerfielder Chad House and a single to Amar, Latham appeared to settle down with a strikeout of pinch-hitter Eric Smith and a fly ball off the bat of second baseman Patrick Hope.

Memphis right fielder Chris Newsome had other ideas as he ripped an RBI-single through the right side of the infield, and left fielder Brent Moss posted a run-scoring base hit of his own to make it 12-9. Latham got out of the jam, however, with a fly ball to shallow center off the bat of pinch hitter Daniel Cates and the Green Wave celebration was on.

Tulane returns to action on Friday, May 13, when the Green Wave travel to Missouri to open a three-game series against Conference USA foe Saint Louis at 7 p.m. (CDT) at the Billiken Sports Complex. Following the series at Saint Louis, Tulane closes out the regular season at Turchin Stadium where the Green Wave will battle TCU in a three-game slate from May 19-21. For ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE.


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