Tulane Downs St. Louis In Series Opener, 16-7

Tulane and Saint Louis return to action on Saturday with a 1 p.m. contest, and the two teams close out the weekend on Sunday with another 1 p.m. first pitch. Both games will be broadcast live on the radio on WRBH 88.3 FM, and Saturday's contest will be simulcast on WTIX AM 690.

ST. LOUIS, Mo.–All nine starters had at least one hit, including four hits by junior centerfielder Nathan Southard and three by junior utility athlete Micah Owings, as the top-ranked Tulane University baseball team defeated Conference USA foe Saint Louis, 16-7, in the series opener Friday night at the Billiken Sports Center.

Owings, who also started on the mound, pitched with a lead all night and gave the Green Wave seven solid innings where he struck out eight and allowed five runs on nine hits while not giving up a walk to improve to 7-4 in 2005. Owings helped his own cause with a pair of doubles and three RBI.

The Green Wave scored in seven of the nine innings, including an eight-run fourth that put the game away. Saint Louis scored two runs in each of the fourth, sixth and eighth innings, but the big lead proved to large to overcome as Tulane improved to 43-8 on the year and 20-5 in C-USA play. The Billikens, meanwhile, fell to 12-36 overall and 7-18 in league action.

Senior shortstop Tommy Manzella, junior right fielder Brian Bogusevic, senior first baseman Joe Holland and senior second baseman Joe Holland joined Southard and Owings in the multi-hit club, as each posted a pair of hits. Eight of Tulane's 19 hits went for extra bases, including a pair of doubles and a home run by Southard. Madden led the team with four RBI.

Tulane wasted little time jumping on the Billikens as Southard and rookie third baseman Brad Emaus started the game with back-to-back base hits. A double play later, Bogusevic plated Southard with a double, and Owings followed with a two-bagger of his own to give the Green Wave a 2-0 lead.

Following a scoreless third, Tulane got a run without the benefit of a base hit as Bogusevic walked, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch by SLU starter Chris Paulson, and came around to score on a fielder's choice off the bat of Madden.

The Billikens got on the board in the bottom of the frame when catcher Bill Musselman ripped a leadoff double and scored on a sacrifice fly by designated hitter John Bridges, but the Green Wave would quell all talks of a comeback with eight runs in the ensuing frame.

Senior left fielder Matt Barket opened the inning with a walk and stole second base, and Holland doubled to make it 4-1. Southard followed with a double of his own, Emaus and Bogusevic sandwiched walks around a sacrifice bunt by Manzella, and Owings made it a four-run lead with an RBI grounder for the second out of the stanza.

From there, Madden ripped a two-run single to right center and senior catcher Greg Dini walked before Barket and Holland followed with a double and a single, respectively, to put the finishing touches on the big inning.

The Billikens plated a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning, and after a scoreless fifth, Tulane padded its lead in the sixth on an RBI base hit by Dini. Saint Louis cut the advantage to 12-5 in the home half of the frame an a two-run single by second baseman Patrick Valdez, but the Green Wave got three runs in the seventh on an RBI-single by Manzella, a run-scoring double by Owings, and an RBI base knock by Madden to push the lead to 10.

Southard hit a two-out solo home run in the eighth, and the Billikens closed out the scoring in the bottom of the inning on a two-run single by right fielder Mark Hankes.

The difference in the ballgame was the bullpens as redshirt-junior Ricky Fairchild and freshman Sean Morgan combined to strike out four in the final two frames, while the Billiken pair of Mark Zielinksi and Adam Schroeder gave up 11 runs on 14 hits in six innings of work.

Tulane and Saint Louis return to action on Saturday with a 1 p.m. contest, and the two teams close out the weekend on Sunday with another 1 p.m. first pitch. Both games will be broadcast live on the radio on WRBH 88.3 FM, and Saturday's contest will be simulcast on WTIX AM 690.


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